Mentorship Award Program

ASGCT will award $5,000 plus research costs to five graduate students or postdoctoral fellows for a mentored summer research project.


Apply for a Summer 2022 Diversity and Inclusion Mentorship Award through August 31.

Overview and Benefits Required Documents

Some racial and ethnic groups are underrepresented in the scientific workforce and in STEM fields of study, especially at the graduate student level. ASGCT is committed to addressing these disparities and providing opportunities for professional development in biomedical research for underrepresented groups. Therefore, the Society has created a 12-week, dual-mentorship program for graduate and postdoctoral students from underrepresented populations. The program will provide five award recipients with support for a summer 2022 research project under the supervision of an applicant-identified research mentor, as well as additional benefits.

Learn more about the eligibility requirements, application materials, and key deadlines in the Diversity and Inclusion Mentorship Program: Overview and Benefits.

This award is supported in part by grant funding provided by Bristol-Myers Squibb.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can apply?

Applicants must:

  1. Self-identify as Black, Indigenous, and/or Latinx.

  2. Be a member of ASGCT. Not an ASGCT member yet? Take the first step. Submit your membership application at least five business days prior to the application deadline to allow sufficient time for processing.

  3. Have a research focus on gene and cell therapy.

  4. Be a U.S. citizen or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence.

  5. Be a graduate student or post-doctoral investigator.

  6. Have clear and documented support of an established mentor who has active noncommercial funding and will remain funded for the duration of the award term, or who is recognized through national clinical leadership (if the project is clinical). 

  7. Identify a research mentor who is an ASGCT member or who submits an application at least five business days prior to the application deadline to allow sufficient time for processing.

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What are the benefits and eligible expenses for the program?

All funds must be used for expenses associated with conducting the proposed project and are non-transferable. Benefits and eligible expenses are:

  • For awardee:

    • Stipend of $5,000

    • Research supplies of up to $2,000

    • Complimentary attendance to ASGCT career development programs

    • Guidance from an additional ASGCT-assigned career-development mentor—an ASGCT member who will provide professional career development guidance and positive role modeling

    • Opportunity to present research project at 2023 Annual Meeting (up to $1,000 in travel reimbursement, plus complimentary registration for the meeting)

    • Networking opportunity with other mentors and mentees at the 2023 Annual Meeting

    • Complimentary ASGCT membership for one year post-award

  • For research mentor:

    • Research supplies of up to $2,000 for use in awardee’s project

    • Will be invited and encouraged to attend the 2023 Annual Meeting with the mentee (up to $1,000 in travel reimbursement)

  • For career development mentor

    • Will be invited and encouraged to attend the 2023 Annual Meeting with the mentee (up to $1,000 in travel reimbursement)

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Is U.S. citizenship a requirement?

Applicants must either be a U.S. citizen or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence. Mentors must be located in the United States during the duration of the research. Any visa and/or citizenship restrictions applicable to receiving the award are the responsibility of the applicant.

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When will the winners be notified?

Winners will be notified on December 1, 2021, and awards will be processed by June 1, 2022.

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September 22-24, 2021

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