Apply by December 2, 2021 to be part of the 2022-2024 cohort.


The goal of the Anatomy Scholars Program (ASP) is to support and increase retention of Underrepresented Minorities (URM) in STEM in academia in the US and Canada.

ASP applicants should be recently appointed faculty or individuals transitioning from either a terminal degree or a postdoctoral fellowship to an independent position as a faculty member in an anatomy-related field. A new cohort will be selected yearly from the pool of applicants. Scholars will participate in a two-year program of professional development activities that includes:

  1. Asynchronous learning, online curriculum addressing the tenets of faculty life: Service, Teaching, and Research
  2. A sustainable and formal mentoring program to help guide Scholars during their transition into academic positions
  3. Informal virtual meetings between Scholars, designed to cultivate a diverse peer-support network required for successful STEM careers
  4. An Annual Retreat in conjunction with a meeting, with registration and travel support provided by AAA

The 2022 program will begin at the 2022 Annual Meeting.

Approximate time commitments include:

  • A 1-day retreat at the AAA annual meeting (8 hr)
  • Quarterly small group training meetings (1-2 hr/quarter)
  • Quarterly written self-reflections on progress (1-2 hr/month)
  • Quarterly meetings with ASP Mentor (30 min -1 hr/quarter)
  • Monthly informal meetings with peers (1-2 hr/month)
  • Periodic meetings with Local Mentor (30 min -1 hr/month)
  • Time to work on scholarly writing, development of CV, drafting of grant for submission, etc. (as needed)
If you have questions, please contact Jacquelyn Quash.


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Applicants must hold one of the following by the start of Program:
  • Terminal doctoral degree in research (PhD, EdD, ScD, or equivalent)
  • Professional degree in health sciences at the doctoral level (MD, DVM, DDS, DPT, etc.)
Career Stage
The applicant must be one of the following:
  • A faculty member within five years of starting their first position
  • A postdoctoral fellow in the last year of their postdoctoral appointment and in search of an academic appointment
  • A graduate student in the last year of their doctoral program and in search of an academic appointment
Applicants should self-identify as a member of one or more of the groups cited by the NSF as underrepresented groups in STEM. These are persons with disabilities, and underrepresented minority groups—Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino (Latinx), and American Indian or Alaska Native. In the interest of inclusion, we will also consider individuals with historically limited socioeconomic background and persons who self-identify as First Nations in Canada.

Materials Required to Submit

  • Completion of AAA online profile
  • Applicant’s Curriculum Vitae (5-page maximum)
  • Provide a statement (no more than 750 words) to answer the following questions: 1) What are your five-year career goals; 2) What are your expectations of the ASP; 3) What do you think your next biggest challenge will be in progressing through your career?
  • Two letters of support detailing the potential of the applicant for a career in academia. (A place will be provided in the application to request letters.)
  • Letter from a professional reference, letter from a colleague / peer
  • Letter from department chair/supervisor OR letter of good standing from current employer (Dean of Faculty Affairs or College Dean)
  • Offer Letter for current position or 2022 position
  • List of potential mentors from the applicant’s home institution (no more than 5). The applicant will be required to identify at least one Local Mentor from the institution in the first quarter of the Program.  In the event a Local Mentor from the institution cannot be identified, individuals at neighboring institutions may be considered.