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Pathways to Neurosciences

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The Pathways to Neurosciences progam aims to foster belonging, excellence, and leadership in the neurosciences.

Late-stage graduate students and early-stage postdoctoral fellows who identify as being from an underrepresented groups in neuroscience are encouraged to apply for our program, which is funded by the NIH, the Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute and the departments of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry.

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Our Program

Participants will take part in initiatives to support belonging via peer and faculty mentoring, to promote excellence through training and resources, and to develop leadership skills in science and academia. Initiatives include:

  • NeuroCircles: Faculty-facilitated peer-to-peer mentoring groups will meet every other week (faculty mentors will join at least once per quarter) starting in the fall. Each NeuroCircle cohort lasts two years and consists of two NeuroCircle faculty mentors and 7-10 trainees who are approaching or have recently completed the transition from predoctoral to postdoctoral status. The NeuroCircles will be balanced across sub-disciplines, schools, and self-declared identities.
  • BIOS 225 Diversity & Inclusion in Science (DAIS) in STEM: Participants will join an established minicourse in the spring that combines didactics and team projects to enhance diversity.
  • Pathways Mentors: Participants will have access to one-on-one faculty sessions, self-selected according to their questions and needs regarding mentorship, scientific advancement, and networking. 
  • Unwritten Rules: Successful neuroscientists from underrepresented groups will share their experiences in informal talks.
  • Enrichment Funds: Participants will be able to apply for grants for career development or scientific training experiences, such as travel to another lab to learn a technique, networking opportunities, et al.

The program uses an algorithm to balance participants in each NeuroCircle by career stage and self-described identity. If there are more eligible applicants than the program can accommodate, some applicants may be assigned to a “comparison group” to help assess the program's efficacy. Trainees in the comparison group will be asked to fill out an annual survey (compensated $25 USD) and will be eligible to participate in the Pathwaysprogram as spots become available.

View Pathways Mentors (public)

View Pathways Mentors personal statements (available to Pathways trainees only)

Application and Eligibility

To be eligible, you must:

  • Self-identify as a member of a demographic group underrepresented in neuroscience such as Black, Indigenous, or People of Color (BIPOC), LatinX, female, disabled, economic disadvantage, LGBTQ+, first in your family to go to college, or other.
  • Be a late-stage graduate student (4th or 5th year in fall 2021) or early-stage postdoctoral fellow (1st or 2nd year).
  • Be doing neuroscience-related research.


Next enrollment cycle: Summer, 2022

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For questions about the program, please contact:

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