The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) has established the the Helena Mishoe Fellowship for Underrepresented Scientists that offers opportunities for underrepresented post baccalaureate individuals to receive training in basic, translational, and clinical research. Individuals must have a specific intention to further pursue an advanced degree after training.
The purpose of the Mishoe Fellowship is to enhance career opportunities in biomedical sciences for post baccalaureate individuals, from health disparity groups, who are planning to apply to graduate or professional (medical/dental/veterinary/pharmacy) school with a career goal of becoming a doctorally-trained scientist or physician-scientist. The NIH is particularly interested in encouraging the recruitment and retention of the following classes of candidates: (A) Individuals from racial and ethnic groups that have been shown by the National Science Foundation to be underrepresented in health-related sciences on a national basis (see data at http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/showpub.cfm?TopID=2&SubID=27external link, and the report Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineeringexternal link). The following racial and ethnic groups have been shown to be underrepresented in biomedical research: Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders. (B) Individuals with disabilities, who are defined as those with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, as described in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amendedexternal link. See NSF data at, http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/wmpd/2013/pdf/tab7-5_updated_2014_10.pdfexternal link. (C) Individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, defined as: (1) Individuals who come from a family with an annual income below established low-income thresholds. These thresholds are based on family size, published by the U.S. Bureau of the Census; adjusted annually for changes in the Consumer Price Index; and adjusted by the Secretary for use in all health professions programs. The Secretary periodically publishes these income levels at http://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty/index.shtmlexternal link. (2) Individuals who come from an educational environment such as that found in certain rural or inner-city environments that has demonstrably and directly inhibited the individual from obtaining the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to develop and participate in a research career. Recruitment and retention of individuals from a disadvantaged background are most applicable to high school and perhaps undergraduate candidates, but would be more difficult to justify for individuals beyond that level of achievement. The Program supports individuals that will pursue basic science, clinical, translation, biomedical or behavioral health research careers including clinical and laboratory medicine, epidemiology, and biostatistics as applied to the prevention, etiology, and treatment of heart, blood vessel, lung, and blood diseases and sleep disorders. Increasing diversity in the future research workforce may contribute ultimately to the elimination of health disparities in cardiovascular, lung, and blood diseases and sleep disorders in the U.S.
Students must meet the following criteria:
- Have recently completed or will complete a bachelor’s degree by the summer of selection,
- Must have completed academic training in course work relevant to biomedical, behavioral or statistical research,
- Have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.3 or better on a 4.0 scale, or 4.3 or better on a 5.0 scale, and
- Be U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
An official transcript will be required if individual is selected for an interview.
Applicants will not be excluded from consideration or evaluation on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, national origin, sexual orientation, political affiliation, or any other non-merit factor.