Neuroscience Scholars Program

Society for Neuroscience

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Deadline: May 23, 2021 3:00pm PDT

Grant amount: US $1,500

Fields of work: Neuroscience

Applicant type: Graduate Student, Postdoctoral Researcher

Funding uses: Scholarship, Conference, Education / Outreach

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: United States

Location of citizenship: United States

Exclusive to minorities: Yes

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Neuroscience Scholars Program

Underrepresented graduate or postdoctoral researchers have the opportunity to join this award-winning program to enhance their career and build community. 

About the Program

The Neuroscience Scholars Program (NSP) is a two-year training program open to underrepresented graduate students and postdoctoral researchers.

Building on a 30 year history, NSP provides resources focused on career advancement issues, the research process, and cutting-edge scientific content. NSP participants have access to:

  • Live events and webinars
  • Educational resources
  • An online group for those seeking career connections
  • Guidance from mentors and NSP Alumni

Participant Categories

The Neuroscience Scholars Program is comprised of two programs: the NSP Fellows Program and NSP Associates Program.


  • Up to 18 applicants will be selected for the NSP Fellows Program. Highlights include:
  • Two years of complimentary SfN membership
  • Travel award to attend the SfN annual meeting each fall during the two-year program
  • Up to $1,500 in enrichment funds to support allowed professional development activities
  • A mentoring team consisting of a senior mentor and a member of the Diversity in Neuroscience Subcommittee. The team will discuss a fellow's research, career plans, and overall experience.


All eligible applicants will be invited to become NSP Associates, including those selected as NSP Fellows. Features of the NSP Associates Program include:

  • An online diversity affinity group of NSP mentors and alumni for seeking career connections and guidance
  • Webinars and resources that focus on career advancement issues, topics related to the research process, and cutting-edge scientific content
  • An invitation to present research at the Diversity Poster Session and attend the Diversity Reception at the annual meeting
  • The opportunity to receive a professional development award to support travel to the SfN meeting during their second year in the program.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Applicants must be:
    • Citizens or permanent residents of the United States
    • Enrolled in a graduate degree-granting program or postdoctoral fellowship
    • According to the guidelines of the National Institutes of Health, candidates must be from a group recognized as underrepresented in the biomedical, behavioral, clinical, and social sciences, including:
      • Blacks or African Americans
      • Hispanics or Latinos
      • American Indians or Alaska Natives
      • Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders
      • Individuals with disabilities, defined as physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities


  • Selection Criteria
    • Consideration is given based on:
      • Academic accomplishments
      • Research performance and productivity
      • Potential strength and impact of the Neuroscience Scholars Program on the applicant
      • Career goals and two-year plan
      • Letters of recommendation
      • Strength of research adviser and institution
      • Plans to improve community and/or promote diversity in neuroscience

This page was last reviewed September 09, 2020 and last updated September 09, 2020