Leading Emerging and Diverse Scientists to Success (LEADS)


Applications for the 2020-2021 LEADS Program will open February 3, 2020, and will close May 1, 2020.

Leading Emerging and Diverse Scientists to Success (LEADS) is for post-docs and junior faculty from any of the following Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs)*:

  • Charles R. Drew University
  • Hampton University
  • Howard University
  • Meharry Medical College
  • Morehouse University
  • North Carolina Central University
  • University of Hawaii Manoa
  • Universidad De Puerto Rico
  • University of Texas at San Antonio

*Participants from RCMIs are also welcome to apply.

Prospective Scholars

LEADS is an intensive online training program designed to help you launch your research career. Our goal is for you to develop a research grant by the end of the program.

Applicants should be:

  • A post-doc or junior faculty enrolled at one of the eight participating MSIs listed above
  • Actively engaged in research
  • Prepared to participate in a one-year fellowship consisting of at least 8 modules
  • Able to devote at least 20% of their time to completing the program
  • Able to meet with their advisor monthly
  • Prepared to complete an NIH-required online Customized Career Development Plan

Scholars will gain:

  • Critical knowledge and skills necessary for launching their research
  • Opportunities for hands-on practice
  • Expert feedback
  • The chance to network with colleagues from a range of backgrounds and institutions

Applicants are encouraged to contact the LEADS representative at their institution to discuss eligibility.

Application Window

February 3, 2020 - May 1, 2020

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