Training Opportunities for Junior Faculty

Summary of Below Opportunities

Here is a summary of the following opportunities in an Excel sheet. It includes information on the opportunity such as ownership, eligbility requirements, type, duration, and cost. 

Career Development

Mentorship and Teaching

Grant and Manuscript Resources

Data and Statistics


Training Programs and Workshops

Accountability and Safe-space, to Promote, Inspire, Recharge, and Empower! (ASPIRE!)

The goal of ASPIRE! peer and near-peer mentoring program at the CTSA is to support early career faculty researchers from diverse backgrounds at Columbia University Irving Medical Center to enhance retention in academia, promote research career development, and strengthen mentorship satisfaction. Our group peer and near-peer mentorship approach fosters an atmosphere of support and collaboration through the following strategies:

  • Enhance academic skills for research career development
  • Provide supportive peer- and near-peer mentoring
  • Increase familiarity of Columbia research resources to support career development

Columbia Summer Research Institute

The Columbia Summer Research Institute is a program of the Mailman School of Public Health. It is an intensive 5-week summer classroom experience for post-doctoral fellows and junior faculty in clinical disciplines, which is designed to enhance their competitiveness in pursuit of grant funding. The curriculum includes biostatistics, epidemiology, race and health, decision and cost-effective analysis, and grant writing.

CUIMC Leadership and Management Course for Faculty

The CUIMC Leadership and Management Course for Faculty is a four-day program designed for faculty who currently have leadership/management responsibilities or who wish to include these in their career goals. Participants develop the knowledge and skills necessary for current and future leadership positions in the academic health sciences by utilizing active learning methods, including case studies, discussion and the development of a personal project. Versions of this course are offered specicially for women and diverse faculty. A follow-up session is scheduled approximately three months after the program has ended.

This program consists of the following modules:

  • Leadership and Organizational Change 
  • Self-Management and Leadership 
  • Negotiation and Conflict Management 
  • Leading High Performance, Diverse Teams 

KL2 Mentored Career Development Award

The KL2 Mentored Career Development Award combines didactic training, mentoring, exposure to multidisciplinary research, and ongoing evaluation to prepare young investigators for careers in patient oriented research (POR). The award serves as a "bridge" by which young junior faculty can achieve research independence. KL2 scholars complete a rigorous training program that guarantees exposure to a wide range of clinical and translational research methods in both classroom and experiential settings.

Reach for the First R01 Workshop

The Reach for the First R01 Workshop is available twice a year to promising junior faculty. Up to six junior investigators are selected for this workshop each term (fall and spring), across all departments.

Successful applicants will receive:

  • Five free hours of biostatistical consulting
  • Access to other Irving Institute services and programs
  • Two expert pre-reviews on an early draft of their R01 application
  • Bimonthly, closely-monitored meetings to ensure structure and timeliness in completing the tasks required to successfully submit a first R01 application

These resources are intended to enhance, rather than replace, appropriate mentoring. An applicant without excellent mentoring cannot be seen as competitive for this workshop.

Writing Specific Aims Workshop

“Writing Specific Aims” provides insight into the elements of an effective and strong Specific Aims section. This workshop is designed for all researchers who plan to submit a K or R NIH grant in time for the three major NIH due date cycles (February, June, October). Applicants submitting resubmission applications (March, July, November) are also welcome to attend.