The Future Leaders Advancing Research in Endocrinology (FLARE) program is for basic science, clinical research trainees, and junior faculty 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 selected participants attend this two-day workshop that teaches the “business of research” and the skills needed to establish themselves as independent researchers. Participants can choose to continue down the Internship Path or the Mentorship Path.
Internship Path: Participants can serve on an Endocrine Society committee or participate in the Keystone Symposia Fellows Program
Mentorship Path: Participants connect to accomplished biomedical and clinical scientists as mentors and visit their mentor in-person.
ENDO Travel Award: Open to current program participants 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. Participants 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, participants continue their career development through either the Internship Path or the Mentorship Path. The FLARE Workshop was held on January 31 - February 2, 2019 in San Francisco, CA. View Draft Agenda.
Currently enrolled in a US graduate program, post-doctoral fellowship, an endocrine clinical fellowship, or junior faculty (within 3 years of completing a PhD or MD/PhD training program).
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 is currently open. 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.
July–November: Application Submission (CLOSED)
December: Award Notification Sent
February : FLARE Workshop
March: ENDO—Endocrine Society Internships begin
April: Mentor visits and evaluations must be completed before this date.
October/November: Most Endocrine Society Committees hold fall meetings