Designed to foster research success and career advancement, Distinguished Scholars Program activities consist of the following three major components.
Mentorship—three to four scholars will be paired with a mentor who is a highly respected NIH senior investigator. Scholars will meet as a group with their mentor once a month to discuss progress and challenges, to receive guidance, and to support each other through peer mentoring.
Professional development curriculum — scholars will complete a 2-day course called “How to succeed as a PI at the NIH—Leadership and Management Skills” and attend monthly workshops on topics such as:
- Communication and work styles
- Giving and receiving feedback
- Teams and motivation
- Conflict management
- Leadership networking — scholars will have the opportunity to participate in informal social meetings with various NIH leaders, including the NIH Director, IC directors, SDs, etc.