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Applications and Eligibility

The FY23 application cycle is now open, and the respective application links are located below. Please note that for participants (and not mentors), application to the program requires supervisory and IC Director approval.

Participant Applications

Applications are complete when all questions have been answered and an approval form, signed by your immediate supervisor and IC Director, is submitted to COSWDevents@nih.gov.

Mentor Applications

Applications are complete when all questions have been answered. Mentor applications do not need the approval form mentioned above.

Participant Eligibility and Benefits

  • Hired in the NIH extramural research program within the past 3 years
  • Hold a doctoral degree (e.g., Ph.D., M.D., Dr.PH., D.D.S., D.V.M, or the equivalent)
  • Have a position in the NIH extramural research program below that of Institute/Center/Division Director
  • Limit of 15 participants will be chosen for the FY23 program cohort
  • Participants will devote at least 4 hours per month to program activities

Benefits

  • Training/skills targeted at scientific workforce diversity issues
  • Personal and pod-based mentoring
  • Financial support to attend meetings or 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 Benefits

  • Seasoned, experienced NIH scientific extramural staff with a commitment to mentoring around DEIA and professional development
  • Limit of five mentors will be chosen for the FY23 program cohort
  • Mentors will devote at least 4 hours per month to program activities

Benefits

  • Monthly meetings with an assigned pod of 3 participants exploring themes and real-life challenges to workforce diversity
  • Sharing of practical skills with mentees, such as negotiating formal and informal networks necessary to advance within extramural spaces
  • Financial support to attend meetings or enhance personal development
  • Recognition throughout NIH for willingness and ability to help build a larger community around scientific workforce diversity

Questions? Please contact the 21CSP Program Staff at COSWDevents@nih.gov .

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