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Neuroscience Scholars Program

The Neuroscience Scholars Program strives to build the capacity of underrepresented graduate and postdoctoral researchers to cultivate long-term success through mentoring and networking, professional skill development, and educational programming.

For more than 30 years, NSP has helped foster the careers of many successful researchers in neuroscience. Contingent upon funding,* in 2014 SfN will introduce a new and expanded program to provide support to more candidates than ever before. Learn about the history of the NSP program and discover the current opportunities available below.

*SfN has submitted a competitive application to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke for continued funding of this long standing program.


2014 Program

  • The Neuroscience Scholars Program is envisioned as a multidimensional two-year training program open to underrepresented and diverse neuroscience graduate students and postdoctoral researchers.* Building on the 30 year history of NSP, the program will continue to support annual travel awards, mentoring, and the professional development of 14 candidates known as NSP Fellows.

    In addition, all eligible applicants will be invited to become NSP Associates, including those selected as NSP Fellows. The extensive two-year training program provides live events and webinars, a rich library of educational resources, and an online diversity affinity group of NSP mentors and alumni for seeking career connections and guidance. Events, webinars, and resources will focus on career advancement issues, topics related to research process, and cutting edge scientific content.

    Detailed opportunities for NSP Fellows and NSP Associates are listed below.

    *SfN has submitted a competitive application to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke for continued funding of this long standing program.

Neuroscience Scholars Program Fellows

  • In 2014*, 14 applicants will be selected as NSP Fellows as a supplement to their participation in the Associates program. Features of the NSP Fellows program include:

    • A mentoring team consisting of a senior mentor, a peer mentor, and a seasoned neuroscientist to discuss fellow’s research, career plans, and overall experience
    • Two years of complimentary SfN membership
    • Travel award to attend the SfN annual meeting each fall
    • Annual travel award up to $1,500 to support allowed professional development activities

    *SfN has submitted a competitive application to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke for continued funding of this long standing program.

Neuroscience Scholars Program Associates

  • Beginning in 2014*, all eligible applicants will be invited to become NSP Associates, an extensive two-year training program that provides live events and webinars. Features of the NSP Associates program include:

    • A rich library of educational resources
    • An online diversity affinity group of NSP mentors and alumni for seeking career connections and guidance
    • Webinars and resources that focus on career advancement issues, topics related to research process, and cutting edge scientific content
    • The opportunity to present research at the Diversity Poster Session and attend the Diversity Reception at the annual meeting.

    At the conclusion of the training program, those who have successfully completed the online training components will receive a certificate of completion.

    *SfN has submitted a competitive application to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke for continued funding of this long standing program.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants must be:

    • Citizens or permanent residents of the United States
    • Enrolled in a graduate degree-granting program or postdoctoral fellowship
    • According to the guidelines of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, candidates must be from a group recognized as underrepresented in the biomedical, behavioral, clinical, and social sciences. These include African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Alaskan Natives, Hawaiian Natives, natives of the U.S. Pacific Islands and individuals with disabilities, defined as physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities

Selection Criteria

  • Candidates are selected according to the following criteria:

    • Academic excellence
    • Professional goals
    • Research interests
    • Experience

Application

  • Applications will be accepted for the Neuroscience Scholars Program from April 25 to May 23, 2014.

    If you have questions, email nsp@sfn.org.

Contact SfN

If you have questions, email nsp@sfn.org or
call 202-962-4000.

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