CNCDP Commitment to Diversity

confident doctorThe CNCDP program is committed to fostering diversity within the CNCDP program amongst scholars, mentors, and program leadership, and throughout the field of Child Neurology. A diverse clinical and scientific workforce is an important factor in fostering scientific innovation and breakthroughs in health. We invite and encourage applications for the CNCDP-K12 program from a diverse pool of clinician-researchers, especially those traditionally underrepresented in science fields. The CNCDP program will host a series of events targeted to individuals in the early clinical and research pipeline, to expand early awareness of Child Neurology as a career option and opportunities in clinical research.

Check back for updates on the CNCDP Diversity Program.
Contact: Erika Augustine, MD, MS – CNCDP Diversity Officer

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The Child Neurologist Career Development Program, the Child Neurology Society, and the Neurobiology of Disease in Children program, are pleased to invite applications for the 2017 Minority Research Scholars Program.

This new program will award travel scholarships to underrepresented minority early career individuals pursuing clinically-relevant basic or patient-oriented research. Awardees will have the opportunity to attend the CNCDP-K12 annual scientific retreat, the Neurobiology of Disease in Children symposium, and the Child Neurology Society Annual Meeting. Selected recipients receive $1000 in travel support and waived registration for all program events. All 2017 program events will all take place the week of October 2, 2017, in Kansas City, Missouri.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Underrepresented minority ethnicity or race (Hispanic or Latino, Black or African-American, American Indian or Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, or other Pacific Islander)
  2. Current trainee (Child Neurology resident or fellow) or junior faculty (within three years of completion of clinical training)
  3. Expressed interest in a research career
  4. Available to attend the activities of the Minority Research Scholars Program during the week of October 2nd, including events (CNCDP-K12 retreat and NDC Symposium) prior to the Child Neurology Society Annual Meeting

Note: Individuals who already have K08, K23, or K12 funding are not eligible.

Applications are due electronically by Tuesday, August 15, 2017 and should include:

  • A one-page essay outlining: your prior research experience, future career plans, and how you will benefit from participation in the Minority Research Scholars Program.
  • One letter of recommendation from your research mentor, residency/fellowship program director, Division Chief, or Department Chair.

Submit the application as a single .pdf to Chennel Anderson, Administrator, Minority Research Scholars Program ( For questions, please contact Chennel Anderson or Erika Augustine, Diversity Officer – CNCDP-K12 (

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The CNCDP is a national, NINDS-funded career development award is intended for pediatric neurologists who seek a three year period of intensive, clinically relevant basic and/or patient-oriented research after completion of clinical training. The overarching goal of the program is to train talented young child neurologists with a strong interest in research how to become productive in their chosen field and how to make a national and international impact on the field.

About the Child Neurology Society (

The Child Neurology Society is the preeminent non-profit professional association of pediatric neurologists in the United States, Canada, and worldwide devoted to fostering the discipline of child neurology and promoting the optimal care and welfare of children with neurological and neurodevelopmental disorders. These disorders include epilepsy, cerebral palsy, mental retardation, learning disabilities, complex metabolic diseases, nerve and muscle diseases and a host of other highly challenging conditions.

About the Neurobiology of Disease in Children Program (

Since 2001, the National Institutes of Health have funded an annual symposium series titled Neurobiology of Disease in Children (NDC), which is funded through 2020. The annual conference series presents state-of-the-art aspects of an important neurological condition in children while engaging the most accomplished investigators in the field, young investigators, a large group of child neurologists, representative lay organizations, and the NIH to identify future directions and research priorities.

Policies, Programs, and Funding Related to Diversity

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Career Development Programs

 2017 AAMC Minority Faculty Leadership Development Seminar

September 7-10, 2017
Hyatt Regency Orlando
Orlando, Florida

Program Information email:  - Tai Conley

Conference Logistics email:   - Shayna Kritz

Conference Registration email:   - Debra K Hollins

AAMC’s Minority Faculty Leadership Development Seminar is designed for those who aspire to have leadership positions within academic medicine while providing guidance on career advancement, networking, grant writing, and communication skills. This three day seminar is not one you’ll want to miss!
Early Bird Discount
The early bird discount is in effect until August 2, 2017. You have seven days to take advantage of this limited time offer. After this date, the registration fee will increase.
Registration Process
The registration process includes: (1) uploading a Letter of Support (LOS) from your department chair, division chief or dean, (2) completing a pre-seminar survey, and (3) selecting breakout sessions. Please go online to read more about the Letter of Support Requirements (LOS).  WEBSITE:
Hotel Reservations
Click here to find more information about reservations at the Hyatt Regency Orlando. Reservations must be made prior to Friday, August 18, 2017. After August 18, 2017, reservations at the group rate will be accepted only on a space available basis. The room block may fill before August 18, 2017 so we encourage you to make your reservations early.

Other Information please contact: David Acosta email:
AAN    Diversity Leadership Program

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Funding Opportunities

Doris Duke Fund to Retain Clinical Scientists The purpose of the Fund is to provide supplemental, flexible funds to early-career physician-scientists working on clinical research projects and facing extraprofessional demands of caregiving. Participating Institutions

NIH Diversity Supplements

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Grant Writers Coaching Group for NIH Awards Writing a successful grant is critical to career advancement. Take advantage of this unique program that supports faculty who are underrepresented in medicine (URM) in improving critical writing skills to strengthen grant proposals. This coaching group is designed for minority faculty actively working on both K and R NIH grant proposals, and includes an intensive 1 day workshop, as well as virtual online learning sessions and continued peer review over 2-3 months to the strengthen proposal. Eligibility: Our target audience includes faculty who are underrepresented in medicine, however all faculty regardless of racial ethnicity are welcome to apply. Registration has close but for more information please visit the website:

NINDS Clinical Trials Course Applications The Program at ASENT now includes a ‘Translational Neuroscience Course’ as well as a Careers in Neuroscience Dinner.  A number of scholarships may be available to residents and fellows interested in Experimental Neurotherapeutics as well as transnational neuroscience to attend the meeting. Registeration has closed but to stay up-to-date, please email questions to



DEADLINE: Tuesday, August 15, 2017, 12 midnight EST. 

 If you are applying for Cycle 2018 CNCDP-K12 program, please go to APPLICATION PAGE, click apply online * invitation only applications will be accepted!

              Any questions or concerns issues please email:

If you are applying for 2017 Minority Research Scholars Program, more information visit the Diversity PAGE!

To submit the application as a single pdf to Chennel Anderson, Administrator, Minority Research Scholars Program (
For questions, please contact Chennel Anderson or Erika Augustine, Diversity Officer – CNCDP-K12 (