Established to honor the late James H. Gilliam, Jr., a respected business and civic leader and charter trustee of HHMI, the program will provide each of the forty-five doctoral student-advisor pairs with $50,000 annually for up to three years. The funding includes a stipend, a training allowance, and an institutional allowance. Fellows' thesis advisors will participate in a year of mentor development activities, including online training and two in-person workshops at HHMI headquarters.
For the first time since the program was launched in 2004, a portion of the annual award will support activities designed to foster diversity and inclusion in the mentors' labs and departments. Some of the creative ideas proposed by applicants include partnering with their departments to influence faculty hiring practices and holding symposia that include speakers from underrepresented backgrounds.
"These are incredibly talented young scientists with the desire to become college and university faculty, where they will help shape the next generation [of] students," said David Asai, HHMI's senior director for science education.