Now accepting applications for BRAINS 2017

by Noreen Balos, Funding Peer
Tuesday, May 02, 2017 3:56 PM

Through ​funding from NIH’s National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke, the Broadening the Representation of Academic Investigators in NeuroScience (BRAINS) program at the University of Washington​ is now accepting applications for their BRAINS 2017 Cohort.

The BRAINS program goal is to increase engagement and retention of academic early-career neuroscientists from underrepresented groups through cohort-based community development and access to tips, tools, and skills development to prepare for tenure track success. The program is designed to increase participants’ career self-efficacy, foster a sense of belonging to the field of neuroscience, and help them thrive in their careers.

To achieve this goal, the program offers two participant pathways: BRAINS Fellows and BRAINS Affiliates. BRAINS Fellows attend a multi-day professional development symposium packed with discussions with senior scientists panels on a wide variety of career topics such as time management, designing a research program, work/life balance, and thriving as a scientist from an underrepresented group, as well as participate in ongoing facilitated peer mentoring circles. The BRAINS Fellows Symposium will be held September 28-October 1, 2017, on Bainbridge Island, just a short ferry ride from downtown Seattle, WA. BRAINS Affiliates are invited to series of three interactive webinars addressing core BRAINS curriculum topics (e.g., time management, mentoring, and thriving as a scientist from an underrepresented group) and ongoing facilitated peer mentoring circles. The BRAINS Affiliates program will begin in October 2017.

Applications for the 2017 cohort will be accepted through 9 a.m. Pacific Time on May 22, 2017.