Established in 2004 in honor of the late James H. Gilliam, Jr., a business and civic leader and charter trustee of HHMI, the annual program matches mentors with postdoctoral students in the sciences and provides $50,000 annually for up to three years to the doctoral advisor-student pairs. With a focus on building inclusive lab environments, advancing faculty mentoring skills, and cultivating diversity and inclusion in the sciences, the program includes cultural awareness training for mentors as well as two in-person workshops at HHMI headquarters.
"The Gilliam program is aimed at people who will become leaders in science," said HHMI senior director for science education David Asai. "We're trying to change the face of university faculty, so students see leaders of all different backgrounds."
"This is not your usual fellowship," said HHMI investigator Erich Jarvis, who served as a mentor for a Gilliam Fellowship in 2018. “You put in a good amount of effort not only mentoring your student, but also learning how to be a mentor."
For a complete list of this year’s Gilliam Fellows, see the HHMI website.