Scholar Program Application & FAQs


Applications Due: Friday, February 2, 2024 at 11:59pm ET 
Announcement of Awards: Friday, March 15, 2024
Start Date: Monday, July 1, 2024 

Applicants must complete the application via this google form

Applicants must complete the application via this google form

Please note that a Google sign-in is needed to complete the application. Email with any questions or concerns about this.

The application includes basic information about the applicant’s field and interests, if they have a mentor at their local institution, and demographic information. A biosketch is required (or a current CV if a biosketch is not available) as well as a career statement, including career goals, research interests and how I-REACH can support the applicant’s goals (500 word limit). 

Potential Scholars will submit a CV and a statement highlighting career goals, how I-REACH could support goals, gaps in home institution expertise or support, and a letter from a home institution mentor. Selection will be through a competitive review by MPIs and the Early Stage Investigator Committee. We will adapt NIH Career Award criteria to rank applicants (e.g., commitment to academic careers in our areas and how the program will provide resources not otherwise available). 

No. You will have access to two I-REACH mentors who will advise you on your coursework and research project to align with the mission of I-REACH. If you have an existing mentor at your local site already, you’ll be asked to share their areas of interest on the Scholar application so we can best support you through I-REACH as well as a letter of support.

Applicants should be pre-docs who have completed their coursework, post-docs, early stage investigators, or investigators interested in exploring a new area of research. All others are welcome to inquire about their eligibility at Applicants should have relevant experience and show a commitment to conducting pre-clinical, clinical or policy research on aging, cancer and disparities. I-REACH is committed to candidates and research that contribute to its mission to promote diversity and inclusion.

Scholars will be matched with two I-REACH mentors who will advise them during the program. They will undergo CIMER training to maximize the impact of mentorship and will complete I-REACH’s unique foundational curriculum on aging, disparities and cancer. Scholars will have access to the Data and Stakeholder Cores to help design and refine research while using I-REACH’s multi-level framework. Scholars will participate in Idea Labs, peer-to-peer writing groups, mock study sessions and will attend and co-lead monthly I-REACH meetings. Finally, Scholars will design a research project and will be given preference when submitting their proposals for consideration in the Pilot Program, which will support and fund collaborative work. 

No. You’ll be asked if you have a preference for mentor on the Scholar application, but your work and areas of interest will guide the matching process. Scholars will match with one to two I-REACH mentors to complement their home institution mentor’s expertise and gain exposure to different disciplinary perspectives. I-REACH mentors can be drawn from any hub or liaison.

Further information regarding I-REACH, check out the website at: