Underrepresented Neuroscientists Can Access Career Training
The SfN Neuroscience Scholars Program (NSP) is a two-year training program focused on career advancement, scientific training, and building a network of neuroscientists with similar self-identities. While other early career fellowships may emphasize science, NSP provides resources that help support the scientist – in both their personal and professional needs.
Unique Mentoring and Career Growth
New Application Timing
The NSP application period has shifted from April to February. Applications from eligible early career neuroscientists will be accepted until February 21.
“The camaraderie I developed with my fellow NSP cohort is perhaps the most valuable aspect of the NSP program,” said Lillian Brady, postdoctoral research fellow at Vanderbilt University and NSP alumnus. “I now have colleagues in my field that look like me, people that I can collaborate with in the future, and feel comfortable with discussing scientific ideas.”
All eligible NSP applicants are invited to become NSP Associates and form a community with mentors and alumni that support each other through career connections and advice. “Even in my short time as an associate, it has been beneficial to talk to so many different professionals and get guidance on my own career development,” said Patrese Robinson-Drummer, postdoctoral fellow at the NYU Child Study Center and 2018–2020 NSP Associate. Further enrichment comes through scheduled webinars and live chats, and an invitation to present research at the Diversity Poster Session and attend the Diversity Reception at the SfN annual meeting.“NSP helped me prepare for success and learn what to expect in public presentations of my work when it provided me the opportunity to present my first poster.”
Maria C. Carrillo
chief science officer of the Alzheimer's Association
Out of the pool of competitive applicants, up to 18 will be selected to become NSP Fellows. Fellows benefit from being matched with a senior scientist mentor who shares a similar background or experiences. Mentors and Fellows engage in long-term discussions about research, career plans, and overall experiences as an underrepresented neuroscience researcher. NSP Fellows also enjoy two years of complimentary SfN membership, funding to attend the two annual meetings during the fellowship, and enrichment funds to support approved professional development activities.
“NSP helped me prepare for success and learn what to expect in public presentations of my work when it provided me the opportunity to present my first poster,” said Maria C. Carrillo, chief science officer of the Alzheimer's Association and NSP alumnus. “Having the ability to connect early career scientists with major meetings and established researchers is an important benefit of the program.”
Recognizing the program’s outstanding efforts to develop a diverse science and engineering workforce, NSP was awarded a Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring in 2018.
For 38 years, NSP has offered participants training and mentorship that have established a foundation to build upon and grow in their achievements. Join the NSP community – apply by February 21.