Mission and Vision

CEMB is committed to the development and support of a diverse workforce. CEMB recruits, educate, and mentors individuals from all cultural, scientific, and socio-economic backgrounds, with a special emphasis on individuals from backgrounds that have been historically under-represented in the scientific workforce. CEMB’s REU scholars, graduate fellows, post-doctoral fellows, and faculty fellows represent significant diversity. CEMB aims to develop these trainees into the leaders in science and engineering of the future.

For more information about undergraduate opportunities, visit the CEMB summer undergraduate research experience page.

Teachers that seek to increase their knowledge and bring mechanobiology to their inclusive and interdisciplinary classrooms are invited to apply for the 7-week summer STEM teacher experience

Additional Diversity Resources

Funding Opportunities

GEM Ph.D. Engineering and Science Fellowships

The objective of these programs is to offer doctoral fellowships to underrepresented minority students who have either completed, are currently engineering or natural sciences programs, or received admittance into a PhD program directly from a bachelor’s degree program. Fellowships may be used at any participating GEM Member University where the GEM Fellow is admitted.

Participating CEMB Universities: Boston University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, University of Pennsylvania, University of Texas at Austin, Washington University at St. Louis

Fontaine Fellowship for Ph.D. students

Fontaine Fellowships support the education of the most underrepresented groups in PhD education at University of Pennsylvania. Originally restricted to students from groups “traditionally and historically underrepresented” in higher education – specifically U.S. African American, Native American, and Hispanic students – diversity is now more broadly defined, and may include, for example, first-generation college students who are from low income families, or students whose backgrounds are most underrepresented in a specific discipline or field.

Participating CEMB Universities: University of Pennsylvania

Chancellor’s Graduate Fellowship

Established in 1991, the CGF provides academic, professional, and personal support for academically excellent graduate students interested in enhancing diversity at Washington University and in the professoriate. The CGF cultivates a sense of community and service among our fellows and within Washington University and the St. Louis communities. By leveraging relationships and resources, the Fellowship is uniquely positioned to foster networking and interdisciplinary collaborations among current fellows and alumni. 

Participating CEMB Universities: Washington University at St. Louis

Olin Fellowship for Women in Graduate Study

Since 1974, the Olin Fellowship Program at Washington University at St. Louis has made it possible for women of exceptional promise to become leaders in society. Olin Fellows have become professors, doctors, artists, engineers, entrepreneurs, and public servants, and continue to make a difference in our world.   

Participating CEMB Universities: Washington University at St. Louis

Graduate and Postdoctoral Fellowships at NJIT

NJIT has fellowship opportunities for biomedical engineering students, underrepresented minorities, and women pursuing graduate studies. 

Fellowships include: ASEE/NSF Small Business Postdoctoral Diversity Fellowship, Anthony Kahn Diversity Fellowship, Executive Women of NJ Fellowship. 

Participating CEMB Universities: New Jersey Institute of Technology

Clare Boothe Luce Program for Graduate Students

The Clare Boothe Luce Program of the Henry Luce Foundation supports a limited number of Graduate Fellowships for women students in the fields of the Physical and Life Sciences, Mathematics, Engineering, and Computer Science at Boston University. 

Participating CEMB Universities: Boston University

Postdoctoral Fellowship for Academic Diversity

The Postdoctoral Fellowship for Academic Diversity is a competitive program with a goal of increasing the diversity of the community of scholars devoted to academic research at both the University of Pennsylvania and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

Both organizations seek to attract promising researchers and educators from different backgrounds, races, ethnic groups, and other diverse populations whose life experience, research experience and employment background will contribute significantly to their academic missions.

Candidates from the STEM fields are encouraged to apply. Successful candidates will receive a generous annual stipend and health insurance for three years, mentored scholarly and research training as well as courses and workshops to enhance their research success skills and prepare them for a faculty position in a major university.

Participating CEMB Universities: University of Pennsylvania

PennPORT Program

Penn – Postdoctoral Opportunities in Research and Teaching (PennPORT), an NIH sponsored, Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award (IRACDA) postdoctoral fellowship, supported by the NIH division of NIGMS awarded August 2007.

The NIH sponsored PennPORT program combines a traditional mentored postdoctoral research experience at the University of Pennsylvania with a mentored teaching experience at a partnering institution. The Program is designed to provide an opportunity for postdoctoral appointees to develop their teaching skills. Postdocs will also be able to take advantage of the many research and career success skills training programs provided by Biomedical Postdoctoral Programs (BPP).

The partnering institutions are Delaware County Community CollegeLincoln University and Rutgers University Camden Campus. Since we wish to provide role models for the undergraduates at our partner institutions, candidates from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

Participating CEMB Universities: University of Pennsylvania

President’s & Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

The Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (CPFP) offers postdoctoral research fellowships and faculty mentoring to outstanding scholars whose research, teaching, and service will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity at the University of California.

UCLA awards CPFP fellowships each year. The program is administered in parallel with the UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (PPFP). To be considered for a CPFP fellowship, all interested candidates MUST first apply to PPFP; applicants who identified potential mentors at UCLA and received a top-tier rating from PPFP reviewers will be considered for the CPFP.

The program seeks applicants who have the potential to bring to their academic and research careers critical perspectives that based on their educational background or their understanding of the experiences of members of groups that have been historically underrepresented in higher education in the United States.

Participating CEMB Universities: University of California, Los Angeles


The UPLIFT Program at UCLA supports postdoctoral scholars in the biological sciences who have a demonstrated interest in teaching, research, mentoring, and supporting diversity in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. UPLIFT combines a traditional mentored postdoctoral research experience with an opportunity to develop academic skills, including teaching, with pedagogical training provided through CEILS workshops and CIRTL courses, as well as faculty mentored teaching assignments at our partner institution, California State University Los Angeles (CSULA). The program is expected to facilitate the progress of postdoctoral candidates toward research and teaching careers in academia. The program is sponsored through Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award (IRACDA), supported by the division of NIGMS at NIH. 

Participating CEMB Universities: University of California, Los Angeles



National Societies:

Many national societies have regional chapters. 

Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS)

Society for Advancing Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)

National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)

Científico Latino–aims to help undergraduate, graduate, and professional students by providing open-access resources on scholarships, fellowships and blog posts on professional development including resources on applying to graduate school.

University-Level Graduate Student and Postdoc Groups:

Boston University

Boston University Postdoctoral Association

New Jersey Institute of Technology

University of Pennsylvania

University of Pennsylvania Postdoctoral Association

University of Texas at Austin CNS Postdoc Association

Washington University at St. Louis

Washington University at St. Louis Postdoc Society