Applications for the FY23 cohort are now closed, but the COSWD office is optimistic that we will be able to support a third cohort in FY24. Please contact us if you would like to receive updates on future application cycles.
The FY23 eligibility requirements can be found below. Please note that these are subject to change for future offerings.
Participant Eligibility and Expectations
- Hired into the NIH extramural research program as a Program Officer/Director or Scientific Review Officer within the past three years at the time of applying.
- Hold a doctoral degree (e.g., Ph.D., M.D., Dr.PH., D.D.S., D.V.M, or equivalent).
- Have a position in the NIH extramural research program below that of Institute/Center/Division Director.
- A limit of 16 participants will be chosen for the FY23 program cohort.
- Participants will devote at least four hours per month to program activities.
- Training and skills related to scientific workforce diversity issues.
- Personal and pod-based mentoring.
- Financial support to attend meetings and enhance personal development.
- Integration into the NIH-wide DEIA network and exposure to other networks.
- Recognition throughout NIH for knowledge and commitment to advancing scientific workforce diversity.
Mentor Eligibility and Expectations
- Seasoned, experienced NIH scientific extramural staff with a commitment to mentoring around DEIA and professional development.
- A limit of approximately five mentors will be chosen for the FY23 program cohort.
- Mentors will devote at least four hours per month to program activities.
- Monthly meetings with an assigned pod of 3-4 participants to explore themes and challenges related to scientific workforce diversity.
- Sharing practical skills with mentees, such as negotiating the formal and informal networks necessary to advance within extramural spaces.
- Financial support to attend meetings or enhance personal development.
- Recognition throughout NIH for a willingness and ability to help build a larger community around scientific workforce diversity.
Questions? Please contact the program staff at COSWDevents@nih.gov .