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Support Programs for Women and Minority Scientists

In connection with “Career Boosters for Women and Minority Scientists,” a career workshop presented by Science Careers at the AAAS Annual Meeting, we present the following list of international resources for women and minority scientists. If you encounter this list in print form, you can find an online version (with embedded links) at

These resources are examples of what’s available, not an exhaustive list of opportunities. Check out what other programs your college or university, funding body, learned society, professional body, and support association may have to support you.

Training and Mentoring

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–    Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) at Boston University in Massachusetts

–    Minority Undergraduate Research Fellowships (MURF) at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

–    the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Summer Research Program in the Biological Sciences and Related Fields

–    The Ecological Society of America (EAS)’s Strategies for Ecology Education, Diversity, and Sustainability (SEEDS) offers minority undergrads the opportunity to gain lab research experience, go on field trips, network, and attend conferences

–    MentorNet, the E-Mentoring Network for Diversity in Engineering and Science

– The Empowering Leadership: Computing Scholars of Tomorrow Alliance offers mentoring to minority undergraduate and graduate students in the computer sciences in the United States

–    The American Heart Association (AHA) Minority Mentoring Program for early-career scientists and clinicians

–    The Mentoring Program of the Max Planck Society for Promoting Female Junior Researchers in Germany

Grants, Scholarships, and Awards

–    The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Undergraduate Scholarship Program (UGSP) offers undergrads from disadvantaged backgrounds a scholarship towards their educational and living expenses, a paid summer internship within an NIH lab, and employment at the NIH after graduation.

–    The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Robert D. Watkins Graduate Research Fellowships for doctoral research

–    The L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science program offers International Fellowships for doctoral and postdoctoral women in the life sciences to carry out a research project outside their home country as well as national fellowships and mentoring opportunities in 35 different countries.

–    The National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Minority Postdoctoral Research Fellowships and Supporting Activities in biology and social, behavioral, and economic sciences

–    The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)’s Diversity Program in Neuroscience Postdoctoral Fellowships offers funding and additional training opportunities

–    The Royal Society’s Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowships cover salary and research expenses for European Union doctorate-holders in all fields of science to work in a U.K. institution.

–    The Federation for American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) offers travel rewards to underrepresented minority senior postdocs and faculty members to attend the FASEB Summer Research Conferences

–    The Daphne Jackson Fellowships aim to help scientists in the United Kingdom return to the workplace after a career break

–    Find more opportunities on GrantsNet

More Resources

–    The International Federation of University Women (IFUW)

–    Women in Technology International (WITI)

–    The Association for Women in Science (AWIS), U.S.A

– The European Association for Women in Science Engineering & Technology (WiTEC)

–    The European Platform of Women Scientists (EPWS)

– European Women in Mathematics (EWM)

– The U.K. Resource Centre for Women in Science, Engineering, and Technology

– The Centre of Excellence, Women and Science (CEWS) in Germany

–    The Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS),

–    The Center for the Advancement of Hispanics in Science and Engineering Education (CAHSEE), U.S.A.

– The American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)

–    The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) in the U.S.A.

– Minority Scientists Network (MySciNet), Science Careers Diversity Issues

–    JustGarciaHill, a virtual community for minorities in science

–    The American Psychological Associations (APA)’s Survival Guide for Ethnic Minority Graduate Students 

–    Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)’s Entering Mentoring, written by Jo Handelsman and colleagues