Pathways to Neurosciences

The Pathways to Neurosciences program aims to foster belonging, excellence, and leadership in the next generation of Stanford neuroscience trainees.

This program is part of an NIH-funded research study that seeks to collect actionable data about how to effectively increase social connection and feelings of belonging for historically underrepresented trainees in the neurosciences.


Participants will take part in a mentorship and leadership training program that includes the following opportunities:

  • NeuroCircles: Facilitated peer-to-peer mentoring groups. NeuroCircles meet every other week starting in the Fall. Each NeuroCircle cohort will last two years and will consist of 7-10 trainees who are approaching or have recently completed the transition from predoctoral to postdoctoral status.
  • Pathways Mentors: Faculty available for one-on-one meetings centered around specific topics related to mentorship, scientific advancement, and networking. Pathways mentors will also attend select, topic-specific NeuroCircle meetings to meet with trainees as a group.
  • Enrichment Funds: Grants for career development or scientific training experiences, such as travel to another lab to learn a technique or to a career development meeting.
  • Grant-writing Academy Accelerator & Women’s Empowerment Workshop: Designed specifically for Pathways by Dr. Crystal Botham, the founder of the award-winning Grant Writing Academy program, these events will boost your ability to choose the right fellowship program and to develop a writing practice.
  • BIOS 225 Diversity & Inclusion in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine): Participate in "DAIS", an established minicourse offered in the spring that combines didactics and team projects to enhance knowledge of diversity and inclusion concepts and practices.

Application will reopen in August 2024.

Program sponsor
National Institute of Health (NIH)

Pathways Mentors

Pathways trainees have access to one-on-one meetings with mentors where they can discuss their questions and request advice regarding mentorship, scientific advancement, and networking.

View Pathways Mentors

Contact Us

For questions about the program, please contact Valerie Vargas-Zapata at

For questions about the rights of participants in our study or the efficacy of the program, call 1-866-680-2906.