Graduate Student and Postdoc Funding Opportunities: Apply by May 15

By Kathryn Page posted 04-27-2023 10:28


The SOT Education and Career Development Committee invites SOT Student and Postdoc members to submit applications for the Supplemental Training for Education Program (STEP) and New Experiences in Toxicology Program (NEXT), respectively, by May 15.

For Graduate Students: SOT STEP Program

A training supported by STEP

Are you interested in adding experiences outside the training available in your graduate program to help prepare for future career opportunities in toxicology? The STEP program provides up to $1,000 in funding support for SOT members who are PhD candidates to pursue special professional development experiences. Additional eligibility information is available on the STEP award web page.

The next deadline for graduate students to submit applications for the STEP program is May 15, 2023.

Graduate students are encouraged to be creative and deliberate in proposing an activity to pursue training in an identified area of professional/scientific development that is important to achieve career goals but that cannot be accomplished at the student’s home institute. This funding mechanism does not support activities to refine a dissertation project–specific technique or attendance at a professional society conference. Successful applicants will make a strong case that the proposed activity will build their skill portfolio for a specific career track in toxicology. The activities may be virtual or in-person workshops, courses, or other relevant activities.

For Postdoctoral Scholars: SOT NEXT Program

The NEXT program offers an opportunity for SOT Postdoc members to obtain training outside of their current training sector; for example, an academic or industrial postdoc may use this award to learn about government or regulatory toxicology. Additional eligibility information is available on the NEXT award web page.

The upcoming deadline for postdoctoral scholars to submit applications for the NEXT program is May 15, 2023.

The NEXT program is specifically aimed at providing support to postdoctoral scholars seeking to transition into a professional position in toxicology. Postdoctoral scholars are at a critical juncture in their career decision path and benefit from the opportunity to apply for training grants to broaden their expertise and prepare them for the competitive job market. The NEXT program provides funding up to $1,000 to cover costs associated with additional training related to toxicology that will broaden a postdoc’s expertise and prepare them for the competitive job market. Applicants will identify professional development workshops, short courses, or activities that would provide training outside of their academic, governmental, or industrial postdoc. The NEXT training must be outside the available resources of the applicant’s postdoctoral training and research project and be related to their career goals. The training activities may be virtual or in person.