Established in 2004 to honor the late James H. Gilliam, Jr., the program will provide forty-five doctoral students and their advisors with an award of $50,000 a year for up to three years to advance diversity and inclusion in the sciences. In addition, advisors will participate in a year of mentoring training, which will include topics such as cultural identity and how to listen and engage across cultures. Fellows also will be invited to attend the annual Gilliam meeting as well as scientific meetings at HHMI headquarters. With the addition of the 2020 cohort, more than three hundred doctoral students have been named Gilliam Fellows.
"These fellows are amazing scientists," said HHMI program officer Sonia Zárate. "They are doing incredible work in their fields, and their advisors and institutions are notable in their commitment to creating inclusive scientific spaces."