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.

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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 2020 Minority Research Scholars Program.

This program awards travel scholarships to underrepresented minority early career individuals pursuing clinically-relevant basic or patient-oriented research. Awardees have the opportunity to attend the CNCDP-K12 annual scientific retreat, the Neurobiology of Disease in Children (NDC) symposium, and the Child Neurology Society Annual Meeting. Selected recipients receive travel support and waived registration for all program events. Program events will take place Monday, October 19, 2020 to Friday, October 23, 2020, in San Diego, California.

Accepted scholars will give a 5-minute presentation on completed research or works-in-progress during the NDC Symposium Young Investigators breakfast.

Eligibility Criteria:

  1. Ethnicity or race underrepresented in medicine (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 from Saturday, October 17, 2020 to Friday, October 23, 2020, including the CNCDP-K12 retreat, NDC Symposium, and the Child Neurology Society Annual Meeting

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

Applications are due electronically by Monday, July 6, 2020 and should include:

  1. A complete application form
  2. 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
  3. CV or NIH biosketch
  4. One letter of recommendation from your research mentor, residency/fellowship program director, Division Chief, or Department Chair

Please submit your online application through the “Apply Online” button on the upper right side of this webpage. For questions please contact Erika Augustine, Diversity Officer – CNCDP-K12 (

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

NIH Diversity Resources and Family-Friendly Policies

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Career Development Programs  

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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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