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Leadership and Education in Academic Research and Networking for Enhancing Diversity (LEARNED)

Funding Opportunities

Travel Awards

The LEARNED Travel Award provide financial support for underrepresented PhD students and postdoctoral fellows to attend professional meetings. Each program participant may receive up to $800 during a program year to help cover the cost of registration, lodging, and economy travel to attend meetings. The aim is to help PhD students network and gain more experience with scientific presentation. Applications are accepted on a rotating basis and award notices will be sent within 3 weeks of application submission.


  • Must be presenting author for an accepted meeting abstract. Attendance is required for cost reimbursement.
  • Abstract must constitute high scientific relevance, as determined by a committee of reviewers.
  • Applicant must have attended at least 80% of LEARNED program activities.

Application Materials

  • Copy of the accepted abstract.
  • Statement regarding the impact that the presented research will have on science and the community.
  • Statement of the impact conference attendance and presentation will have on your career and/or learning experience.
  • Description of estimated expenses.
  • All applications must be submitted through the


Laboratory Fellowships

The LEARNED Laboratory Fellowship seeks to support and enhance laboratory training opportunities of bench scientists from underrepresented groups by providing funding to cover the cost of travel to work in a laboratory or professional setting not affiliated with Johns Hopkins University (JHU) for up to 2 weeks. This fellowship will provide a total of four awards in the amount of $5000. Research must be conducted at an accredited university or research institution under the supervision of a highly qualified mentor from a historically underrepresented group with documented experience. The student must be physically present at the host institution of the mentor to carry out the proposed training during the fellowship period.

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, the application period for laboratory fellowships has been postponed.


  • Applicant must be currently enrolled as a full-time PhD student in the departments of 
    • Molecular Microbiology and Immunology (MMI)

    • Environmental Health and Engineering (EHE)

    • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB)

  • Proposed training must take place at an institution that is not JHU-affiliated.
  • Applicant must have attended at least 80% of LEARNED program activities.
  • Proposed mentor must be employed full-time at the research institution where the training will be conducted.
  • Proposed mentor must be from a historically underrepresented group and have previous experience mentoring graduate-level trainees/students.

Application Materials

  • Cover letter with brief description of the proposed training and timeline, specific methods to be gained, and how this training will enhance your learning experience.
  • Letter of recommendation from a previous advisor, mentor, or supervisor.
  • Applicant's NIH formatted biosketch.
  • Selected mentor's NIH formatted biosketch.
  • Letter of support from the selected mentor including information on research background, previous experience mentoring graduate students, and statement of commitment.