Resources for minorities in research

NASPGHAN Diversity Resources
This page is intended to provide resources to the membership that support efforts to expand a diverse and inclusive work force in medicine and the biomedical sciences. Resources are highlighted for members of URM groups, defined as:
underrepresented racial and ethnic groups (African Americans, Mexican Americans, Mainland Puerto Ricans, Native Americans and Pacific Islanders), individuals with disabilities, individuals who identify as LGBTQ, andindividuals from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

Funding Resources

For Undergraduate and Medical Students

The Student National Medical Association  (SNMA) Pipeline Mentoring Program. The Pipeline Mentoring Institute (PMI) seeks to close the gap in preparing URM students for a career in medicine and other health-related professions.

The National Hispanic Health Professional Student Scholarship Program is the only national scholarship program targeted at Hispanic students who are committed to careers in health care and enrolled full-time in dental, medical, nursing, pharmacy, public health, and policy schools.

The NIDDK and NIH offer many programs for high school and undergraduate students to gain experience in biomedical research. The programs focus on increasing the participation of students from backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical research on a national basis, including individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, and individuals with disabilities.

For Graduate level trainees and Faculty

The Office of Minority Health Research Coordination  (OMHRC) offers and participates in a variety of opportunities for researchers with underrepresented backgrounds.

The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities  (NIMHD) mission is to lead scientific research to improve minority health and reduce health disparities. The NIMHD has been a leader in increasing the scientific community’s focus on non-biological factors such as socioeconomics, politics, discrimination, culture, and environment in relation to health disparities. NIMHD invests in research and fosters collaborations and partnerships to promote and support evidence-based science to inform practice and policy.

The Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training Program (MHIRT) enables qualified minority undergraduate students, graduate students and faculty members to participate in international biomedical and behavioral research programs. The MHIRT awards support the ability of U.S. academic institutions to offer short-term international training opportunities in health disparities research for undergraduate and graduate students in the health professions who are from health disparity populations and/or are underrepresented in basic science, biomedical, clinical, or behavioral health research career fields.

The National Research Mentoring Network  (NRMN) is a nationwide consortium of biomedical professionals and institutions collaborating to provide, all trainees, across the biomedical, behavioral, clinical and social sciences with evidence-based mentorship and professional development programming. The NRMN aims to utilize structured mentorship and networking experiences to enhance the training and career development of individuals from diverse backgrounds, communities, and cultures who are pursuing biomedical and behavioral research careers. The NRMN links highly knowledgeable and skilled mentors from various disciplines with talented, motivated and diverse mentees from the undergraduate to early career faculty level.

NIH Diversity in Extramural Programs :

The overall objective of the FASEB Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) Program is to help strengthen the research training opportunities for students, postdoctoral fellows and academic/research early-career scientists from underrepresented groups. A key objective of the MARC Program is the encouragement, preparation and support of underrepresented students in the pursuit of postgraduate education leading to the Ph.D., M.D.-Ph.D., or other combined professional degree-Ph.D. in the biomedical and behavioral sciences.

The L’Oréal USA For Women in Science fellowship program awards five women postdoctoral scientists annually with grants of $60,000 each for their contributions in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields and commitment to serving as role models for younger generations.

The Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, formerly known as the Minority Medical Faculty Development Program, was created to increase the number of faculty from historically disadvantaged backgrounds who can achieve senior rank in academic medicine, dentistry, or nursing and who will encourage and foster the development of succeeding classes of such physicians, dentists, and nurse-scientists. Four-year postdoctoral research awards are offered to historically disadvantaged physicians, dentists, and nurses who are committed to developing careers in academic medicine and to serving as role models for students and faculty of similar background.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Health Policy Research Scholars is a leadership development opportunity for first and second year full time doctoral students from underrepresented populations and/or disadvantaged backgrounds-students whose ethnicity, socioeconomic status, ability, and other factors allow them to bring unique and diverse perspective to their research with the goal of applying their research to advance health and equity.

Scientific Conferences Support

Gordon Research Conferences URM Diversity Initiative
The Carl Storm Underrepresented Minority (CSURM) Fellowship program was established by the GRC Board of Trustees to honor Director Emeritus Carl Storm's many years of service to GRC and to support his commitment to increasing diversity at the Conferences. This Fellowship Program provides an opportunity for URM graduate students, post docs, faculty and scientists to receive funding assistance to attend their first GRC.

Keystone Symposia
The Keystone Symposia offers scholarships to students and post-doctoral fellows in the life sciences from underrepresented backgrounds. These scholarships, of up to $1,200 each, are to be used to help defray the expenses associated with conference attendance, including airfare (restrictions may apply based on funding source), ground transportation, lodging costs, and a portion of meeting registration. Receipts will be required to receive reimbursement. Keystone Symposia strongly encourages those with disabilities to apply for these scholarship.

National Associations

• National Medical Association (NMA)

• National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA)

• Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality

• Association of American Indian Physicians (AAIP)

• American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA)