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Excellence in science depends on the development of scientists from all backgrounds. HHMI initiatives foster equitable and inclusive scientific environments where everyone can thrive regardless of their background, disability, gender, ethnicity, or race.   

The HHMI Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program supports early career scientists who show exceptional promise of becoming scientific leaders in academia, an important component of which is a commitment to building an equitable and inclusive lab culture. The program supports fellows through two critical career stages: postdoctoral training and building a lab as early career faculty. 

Fellows receive funding through their academic institution for postdoctoral training and may continue to receive funding during their early career years as independent faculty. In addition to financial support, they benefit from professional development, mentorship, a cohort of peers, and inclusion in HHMI’s broader scientific community. 

Announcements of recent cohorts:
20232022 | 2020 | 2019 | 2018


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About Hanna H. Gray

The program honors the contributions and service of Hanna Holborn Gray, an HHMI trustee for nearly three decades and a former president of the University of Chicago. Under Gray’s leadership, HHMI took foundational steps toward becoming more inclusive and developed initiatives to foster diversity in science education.