GSA 2022 Diversity Mentoring and Career Development Technical Assistance Workshop Fellowship Award Application

The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) is pleased to create opportunities for talented early career investigators from underrepresented background to have a prominent role in the GSA Diversity Mentoring and Career Development Technical Assistance Workshop (MCDTAW).  Successful applicants will be awarded a $1500 stipend to support registration for and participation in the workshop, attendance for the GSA Annual Scientific Meeting, and engagements that occur throughout the year as described below.  Applicants are not required to be involved in aging research, or in a gerontological program, at the time of the application. However, applicants must express their interest, plans, and commitment to contribute to the field of gerontology. Applications are open to emerging scholars from underrepresented groups who have recently obtained a doctoral degree (within the last 3 years) or are within one year of graduating with their doctoral degree.  Applicants will be selected on a competitive basis. Selected applicants are expected to: 

  • Attend a pre-conference meeting on September 22, 2022 4pm ET via Zoom. 
  • Register and participate fully in the components of the MCDTAW conference on Zoom on September 29th and 30th from 12:00pm ET – 5:00pm ET 
  • Register and participate in the GSA Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM), November 2-6, 2022 
  • Participate in the mentoring circle scheduled in conjunction with the GSA ASM on Friday, November 4th  
  • Complete program evaluation and surveys 
  • Participate in the MCD TAW scheduled webinars, focus groups, and mentoring circles offered throughout 2022-23 
  • Register and participate in the online networking platform offered exclusively for Mentoring Fellows 
  • Develop and upload a 3-5 minute video introduction prior to the workshop 
  • Develop a 5-minute elevator pitch presentation describing your research contribution and career plan with effective communication style 
  • The $1500 stipend will be provided after successful completion of the workshop and attendance at the GSA ASM. 

MCD TAW applications will be accepted until 5:00pm ET Monday, August 15, 2022.  Applications should include all elements defined below using document formatting guidelines consistent with NIH grant application requirements.   Questions?  Contact Karen Homer at  Include MCDTAW in the subject line of your message. 

Part 1: Applicant Information

Preferred Mailing Address
Race (select all that apply): *
Although it is not required to be a GSA member or have any academic involvement in the area of aging, are you a GSA member? *

Part II: Short Essay and File Upload

Provide an overview of why you are applying to Mentoring and Career Development Technical Assistance Workshop Diversity Fellow Application Program. You should address the following:
  • Your primary reason(s) for applying to be a Workshop Diversity Fellow.
  • Your strengths and qualifications to succeed as a diversity fellow in aging research.
  • The specific objectives you hope to achieve from this experience and how they relate to your career developments and goals.
  • A statement describing your commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. 
  • If applicable, describe your experiences and/or contributions in the gerontological field, either in your program of study, professional work, or through community volunteering services, and how they will contribute to your fellowship experience.
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Discuss how you plan to continue developing your aging research leadership skills after you complete the workshop fellowship. Explain how you envision the fellowship experience affecting your overall career based on your current professional plans.


  • Provide a copy of your resume or curriculum vitae.
  • Include a letter from your mentor or supervisor describing their commitment, your program’s commitment, and your university’s commitment to supporting your participation in the GSA Diversity Mentoring and Career Development Technical Assistance Workshop as a GSA Workshop Diversity Fellow.


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Part III: Workshop and Meeting Agreement

GSA Mentoring and Career Development Technical Assistance Workshop for Early Career Diversity Fellows Workshop  

September 29 & 30, 2022  •  12:00PM ET to 5:00PM ET  

Apply by August 15th for Early Career Diversity Fellows Stipend 
Co-Chairs: Patricia Heyn, Keith Whitfield, and Patricia D’Antonio 
Faculty: Walter Boot, Ruth Dunkle, J Taylor Harden, Roland Thorpe, Tam Perry, Patricia Jones, Darina Petrovsky and Carmen Sceppa. 

This unique Mentoring and Career Development Technical Assistance Workshop program is tailored to suit the needs of trainees from diverse backgrounds. This exceptional educational and networking opportunity supports professional training and growth among early career trainees from underrepresented background. This workshop is designed to empower trainees for successful career development and strategic planning. Comprehensive information related to mentoring opportunities, career development, professional networks and leadership will be discussed with the ultimate goal to produce a successful, well-prepared and empowered diverse workforce to contribute to the future of aging research. 

This workshop is supported in part by the National Institute on Aging of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number R13AG072884. The content is solely the responsibility of the faculty and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health. 

Awardees must attend the workshop in its entirety and register and participate in the GSA 2022 Annual Scientific Meeting 

I understand that if selected for this award I must attend the workshop in its entirety form and attend the GSA 2022 Annual Scientific Meeting. *
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