The BRAINS program has a grant renewal that is currently under review. The next cohort (and application process) is pending the renewal. If renewed, our next cohort is expected to be in 2022. 

Fellows attend a four-day symposium in the Seattle area. Away from everyday distractions, participants engage with a variety of professionals from the neuroscience fields, including a cohort of 24-28 peers and 12-15 senior scientist panelists. In addition, several experienced professionals host an array of workshops designed to meet the unique needs of underrepresented, early-career scientists in neuroscience-related fields. These Symposium activities lay the foundation for deeper and ongoing support through the two-year BRAINS program, including the Fellows Mentoring Circles and the Cross Cohort events.

The 2019 Fellows Symposium was held September 12 - 15, 2019. 

The 2017 Fellows Symposium was held September 28 - October 1, 2017.

For more information, view the sample 2017 symposium agenda and list of past senior scientist panelists.

Highlights of the Symposium include the following:

  • Engagement with a cohort of 24-28 peers in neuroscience-related fields: Each symposium includes a cohort of 24-28 early career scientists. Participants are surrounded by other underrepresented peer scientists who have invested in their neuroscience careers.
  • Mentorship and networking with senior scientists: Each symposium includes a group of 12-15 senior scientists to offer both formal and informal opportunities for mentorship and networking, including diverse perspectives on developing successful scientific careers.
  • Professional development workshop sessions: Each symposium includes numerous workshops and panels that center around early academic career development, including topics such as teaching, proposal writing and funding, mentoring, and tenure proposals.