Graduate Student and Postdoc Funding Opportunities: Apply by May 1


By Agnes Karmaus posted 04-09-2020 13:53


The Education and Career Development Committee invites SOT graduate students and postdocs to submit applications for the Supplemental Training for Education Program (STEP) and New Experiences in Toxicology Program (NEXT) by May 1. Visit the award web pages for more details and the complete eligibility criteria.


Supplemental Training for Education Program

Graduate students, are you interested in adding experiences outside the training available in your graduate program to help prepare for future career opportunities in toxicology? The SOT STEP program provides up to $1,000 in funding support for PhD candidates to pursue that special professional development experience.

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.

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New Experiences in Toxicology Program

Postdoctoral scholars, the SOT NEXT Program offers an opportunity for you to obtain training outside of your current training sector; for example, an academic or industrial postdoc may use this award to learn about government or regulatory toxicology.

NEXT 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 would 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 of 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.

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