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Mentorship: Scholars will have dedicated primary and secondary mentors throughout their time in the two-year program.

Training in Grant Writing, Publications, and Presentations: With the assistance of their mentors, scholars will develop a tailored training plan that provides necessary skills, builds their knowledge base, and helps them to meet core program competencies.

Networking and Professional Development: Scholars will have opportunities to network with their cohort of scholars and mentors at an annual skill building retreat as well as at the national level at an annual NIDDK training consortium meeting.

Pilot Funding: Scholars are eligible to apply for pilot funding through the P&F Program. Interested investigators are encouraged to submit separate applications to both the Scholars Program and the P&F Program in the same application cycle.


  • Senior post-doctoral fellows or assistant professors in either fixed-term or tenure-track positions at one of the six partnering institutions, including those from groups nationally underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral research as defined by the NIH in Notice Number: NOT-OD-20-031.
  • A focus on advancing a research career in the area of nutrition, obesity, diabetes, or related research.


SPLENDOR-NC scholars will be expected to participate in and engage with the program components for the full 2-year program period. The final deliverable at the end of 2 years is an NIH proposal appropriate to the career stage of the scholar (e.g., K- or R-Level).

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