Packard Scholars Program
The Robert Packard Center for ALS research at Johns Hopkins is launching a program to support the education, mentorship and career development of talented undergraduates from diverse backgrounds, including underrepresented minority students and students from economically disadvantaged or underserved backgrounds, who are considering a career in neuroscience.

Scholars will be provided mentorship and training to maximize their potential to become the next generation of innovative, impactful neuroscientists.

The Scholars Program offers students the opportunity to be mentored by leading Packard neuroscientists from prestigious institutes across the US and Europe. Scholars will engage in individual small group discussions (held virtually) to help promote their understanding of neuroscience, ALS, and how to prepare for a successful career. The Packard Center will provide programming including a regular series of virtual seminars, discussion sessions, and social events with other Packard Scholars and researchers. These events will help build a collaborative and engaging environment to support the Scholar and their career development.    

A limited number of Scholars will also be given the opportunity to complete a 10-week summer internship at  Johns Hopkins University with their mentor. The paid internship will provide hands-on research experience in the lab, accommodation and up to $600 in reimbursable travel expenses.

Who should apply?
We are looking for students who: (1) have a strong interest in neuroscience and neuroscience-related careers; (2) are current undergraduate students who have completed at least 1 year of their studies by the time this program starts, including those graduating in 2023.  (3) if selected, be able to participate on-site during the summer (June 06- August 15, 2023 - approximate dates) 

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must be:
1. Enrolled in an undergraduate degree-granting program
2. From a group recognized as underrepresented in neuroscience, including:
a. Blacks or African Americans
b. Hispanics or Latinos
c. American Indians or Alaska Natives
d. Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders
e. Individuals with disabilities, defined as physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities
f. Individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, defined as those who meet two or more of the criteria defined in the Notice of NIH's Interest in Diversity (

It is very helpful if you assemble all of this information before completing the form. The following must be emailed separately.
1. Statement of Interest: On a separate sheet of paper (and saved as a PDF), please describe your interests and what you hope to accomplish by participating in this internship program. If you have done research before, please comment on how this internship builds upon your prior work. Maximum 250 words.
2. Recent Photo
3. Resume/CV (saved as a PDF)
4. Reference letters (saved as PDFs): These can be from a current or past teacher, mentor, counselor of supervisor.

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