The Future Leaders Advancing Research in Endocrinology (FLARE) program is for basic science and clinical research trainees from underrepresented minority communities who have demonstrated achievement in endocrine research. FLARE program components provide structured leadership development and in-depth, hands-on training in topics ranging from grantsmanship to lab management. This program is sponsored by a grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.
The FLARE Program Components
Workshop: All trainees attend this two-day workshop that teaches the “business of research” and the skills needed to establish themselves as independent researchers. Trainees can choose to continue down the Internship Path or the Mentorship Path.
Internship Path: Trainees can serve on an Endocrine Society committee or participate in the Keystone Symposia Fellows Program
Mentorship Path: Trainees connect to accomplished biomedical and clinical scientists as mentors and visit their mentor in-person.
ENDO Travel Award: Open to current program trainees and in-training FLARE alumni, the travel award helps offset the cost of traveling to the Endocrine Society annual meeting to continue professional development and mentoring connections.
About the Workshop
During the FLARE Program workshop, speakers share professional wisdom and provide guidance. Students and fellows get a chance to network and hone skills such as:
Individual career development
Finding funding for research
How to market yourself to employers
Managing your lab and time
Dealing with interpersonal conflict
Negotiating for your needs
After the workshop, trainees continue their career development through either the Internship Path or the Mentorship Path.
Currently enrolled in a US graduate program, post-doctoral fellowship, or an endocrine clinical fellowship
Of an ethnic minority group underrepresented in the biomedical sciences (African American, Hispanic American, American Indian or Native American, Alaska Native, and Natives of the US Pacific Islands)
US citizen or US permanent resident
Application to the FLARE Program begins in August. Mentorship Path applicants are encouraged to begin searching for a mentor before the application period begins. Please see the Eligibility & Application page for a full list of requirements.
August 1st–September 30: Applications accepted
November 1st: Acceptances sent
March/April: ENDO—Endocrine Society Internships begin
July 31st: Mentor visits and evaluations must be completed before this date.
October/November: Most Endocrine Society Committees hold fall meetings