Open | 22 February – 1 May, 2024 |

Announcing the fourth annual mentoring and career-enhancement program, SEE-Diversity (Scholarships to Enhance and Empower Diversity), for diverse early-career neuroscientists. The program begins with an intensive workshop to be held at the University of Chicago on August 25-29, 2024, to be followed with 6-10 months of individual career-development coaching.


SEE-Diversity is a privately funded program whose goal is to increase the successful transition to and retention of diverse, early career neuroscientists into academic positions. The program will provide diverse early career neuroscientists with long-term mentoring and professional enrichment, with a particular emphasis on assistance with preparation, submission and revision
of career development and research grant applications to NSF and NIH. In the initial workshop, participants will form small grant-coaching groups, facilitated by a senior faculty member.

These groups will meet in person during the workshop and then engage in virtual meetings for 6-10 months to revise and hone grant applications prior to submission. Therefore, applicants should be planning to submit a career development (e.g., NIH K or NSF Career Award) or research grant (e.g., NIH R or NSF standard) application within 6-10 months of the workshop.

Other structured activities during the workshop will address issues that impact the persistence of diverse neuroscientists in academic careers, such as the perception that they do not belong in the scientific community, imposter syndrome, isolation and solo status, and negotiating institutions and tenure.

Application deadline:
1 May, 2024

Workshop website:

Workshop dates and location:
25-29 August, 2024

University of Chicago
5801 S Ellis Ave, Chicago, IL 60637,
United States

Apply HERE

For any queries, please write to the organizer, Anne Etgen, at


Eligible SEE-Diversity applicants are early-career M.D., M.D./Ph.D and Ph.D. scientists in neuroscience-related fields who come from groups that are underrepresented in neuroscience, including racial and ethnic minorities and people with disabilities. The applicants should be planning to submit a career development (e.g., NIH K or NSF Career Award) or research grant (e.g., NIH R or NSF standard) application within 6-10 months of the workshop.

“Early career” includes senior postdoctoral researchers, assistant professors, assistant research professors, and other pre- tenure level academic positions.



This programs receives significant financial support from IBRO, the American Psychological Foundation, the Burroughs-Wellcome Fund, and the Alzheimer’s Association. The successful applicants of the SEE- Diversity to Success workshop, depending on what funding they qualify for and receive, will usually have their travel costs and meals covered by the program. The program ensures that participants are not burdened with costs exceeding a nominal amount, usually no more than a few hundred dollars.



    Applications should be submitted online at the following link:

    SEE-Diversity to Success Workshop – American Psychological Foundation (

    1. The application should include the following:

      • Curriculum vitae
      • One-page description of proposed grant application (Specific Aims page for NIH applicants; Project Summary for NSF applicants) including planned submission deadline
      • One-page personal statement describing your commitment to an academic career, your research area, availability of scientific advisors, and expectations of the workshop
      • Two letters of reference

    2. Applications deadline: May 1, 2024