Application and Eligibility | Pathways to Neurosciences

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


Application will reopen in July 2024.

No essay or letters of recommendation are required to apply for the Pathways to Neurosciences program at Wu Tsai Neuro.

Program sponsor
National Institute of Health (NIH), Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute, Stanford Department of Neurology & Neurological Sciences, Stanford Department of Neurosurgery, Stanford Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

The Pathways to Neurosciences program is open to trainees who: 

  • Are PhD students who will be in their 4th-5th year of their program or are trainees appointed as postdocs who will be in their 1st-2nd year of training in fall 2024. 
  • Are doing Neuroscience research*. 
  • Are from populations historically underrepresented and/or excluded in the US neuroscience research workforce (See definition of Underrepresented groups found on this page). These include, but are not limited to:
    • Individuals with disabilities, defined as those with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.
    • Individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, defined as those who meet two or more of the criteria described on this page.
    • Individuals who identify as a sexual or gender minority who is underrepresented on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.
    • Others whose backgrounds and experiences would enrich the representation among the professoriate in their academic fields.
  • Are US citizens, permanent residents, or international scholars (no citizenship restrictions). 
  • Spend no more than 25% of their time providing clinical care.

*Neuroscience is an interdisciplinary discipline. Applicants from all fields are welcomed to apply so long as their current graduate or postdoctoral research is neuroscience related.  

Pathways welcomes applications from trainees of all backgrounds. All applications will be evaluated in conformance with applicable law.

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.