Funding Opportunities

SEE-D Diversity to Success Workshop

Announcing the fourth annual mentoring and career-enhancement program, SEE-Diversity (Scholarships to Enhance and Empower Diversity), for diverse early-career neuroscientists.

Deadline: May 1, 2024
Sponsors: APF, Minority Fellowship Program (MFP)

Announcing the fourth annual mentoring and career-enhancement program, SEE-Diversity (Scholarships to Enhance and Empower Diversity), for diverse early-career neuroscientists. The program begins with an intensive workshop to be held at the University of Chicago on August 25-29, 2024, to be followed with 6-10 months of individual career-development coaching. Eligible SEE-Diversity participants are early-career Ph.D. scientists in neuroscience-related fields who come from groups that are underrepresented in neuroscience, including racial and ethnic minorities and people with disabilities. 

SEE-Diversity is a privately funded program whose goal is to increase the successful transition to and retention of diverse, early career neuroscientists into academic positions. The program will provide diverse Ph.D. neuroscientists with long-term mentoring and professional enrichment, with a particular emphasis on assistance with preparation, submission and revision of career development and research grant applications to NSF and NIH. In the initial workshop, participants will form small grant-coaching groups, facilitated by a senior faculty member. These groups will meet in person during the workshop and then engage in virtual meetings for 6-10 months to revise and hone grant applications prior to submission. Therefore, applicants should be planning to submit a career development (e.g., NIH K or NSF Career Award) or research grant (e.g., NIH R or NSF standard) application within 6-10 months of the workshop. Other structured activities during the workshop will address issues that impact the persistence of diverse neuroscientists in academic careers, such as the perception that they do not belong in the scientific community, isolation and solo status, and negotiating institutions and tenure.

Click here for more information about the Minority Fellowship Program.

Eligibility

APF encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds with respect to age, race, color, religion, creed, nationality, ability, sexual orientation, gender, and geography.

Eligible SEE-Diversity participants are early-career PhD scientists in neuroscience-related fields who come from groups that are underrepresented in neuroscience, including racial and ethnic minorities and people with disabilities. “Early career” includes senior postdoctoral researchers, assistant professors, assistant research professors, and other pre-tenure level academic positions.

Application Instructions

Application Materials:

  • curriculum vitae/resume
  • one-page description of proposed grant application (Specific Aims page for NIH applicants; Project Summary for NSF applicants) including planned submission deadline
  • one-page personal statement describing your commitment to an academic career, your research area, availability of scientific advisors, and expectations of the workshop
  • two letters of reference

Please be advised that APF does not provide feedback to applicants on their proposals.

Please review our Program FAQs for important details on the application process.

Recent Recipient

Dr. Mariajose Metcalfe

University of California Irvine

Past Recipients

2023

Dr. Antonia Kaczurkin, Vanderbilt University

Dr. Debra Karhson, University of New Orleans

Dr. Farrah Madison, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Dr. Mariajose Metcalfe, University of California Irvine

Dr. Carlene Moore, Duke University

2022

Dr. Amelia Cuarenta, Temple University

Dr. Nicole Cruse, Sacred Heart University

Dr. Okunola Jeyifous, University of Chicago

Dr. Rammohan Shukla, University of Toledo