FASEB Fellows for the Future

Unlock Your Leadership Potential 

The FASEB Fellows for the Future program is committed to embracing diversity and inclusivity within professional scientific societies in the biological and biomedical sciences community and developing early-career scientists’ leadership potential within the societies.

Professional societies play a crucial role in addressing long-standing inequities and limitations in opportunity, preparation, and recognition within the biological sciences. However, many scientists from historically excluded groups face challenges entering leadership positions and participating in cultural norms necessary for retention in research careers. 

FASEB’s response to the challenges is to equip early-career scientists from historically excluded groups through its Fellows for the Future program.

Apply to Be a Fellow

About FASEB Fellows for the Future

FASEB Fellows for the Future is a 12-month cohort-based program for early-career researchers from historically excluded groups. It provides mentorship, leadership training, and sponsored engagement in scientific societies’ professional development opportunities. It is funded by the National Science Foundation’s Leading Culture Change through Professional Societies of Biology (BIO-LEAPS) program.

Selected fellows will 

  • Be matched with a mentor who will champion their participation in society leadership and volunteer activities.
  • Receive leadership training and guidance on how to advocate for governance changes at the society level, including skills in meeting facilitation, conflict resolution, understanding association operational structures, and developing visionary and strategic leadership skills.
  • Engage in an exclusive virtual collaborative community with other fellows and their mentors
  • Receive a stipend to attend member society events (meetings, conferences, workshops) as well as a FASEB-hosted social gathering at annual meetings that will bring together the fellows, their mentors, and society leaders in inclusive and accessible environments

Fellows for the Future is a key part of FASEB’s pursuit of diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusivity (DEAI) in the scientific workforce. To learn more about our DEAI programs, visit here.


To be eligible to participate, applicants must 

  • Be a current member of at least one FASEB full member society.
  • Identify as being from a historically excluded group based on race/ethnicity, sex and gender identity, disability, and/or disadvantaged background or intersectionality of one or more of these identities. 
  • Be an early-career researcher, defined as either a senior postdoctoral scholar or within seven years of appointment to the first independent faculty/research scientist position.


Applications must be submitted online and will be accepted through August 16. Click here to visit the application site.


For inquiries about the FASEB Fellows for the Future program, email us.  

FASEB Fellows for the Future Mentors

Mentoring is a key factor for success for historically excluded scholars, and effective mentoring of postdocs in STEM has been shown to contribute to performance, success, career advancement, increased leadership and teamwork, self-efficacy, scientific identity, and career commitment.

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Program Administration

The FASEB Fellows for the Future program is supported by National Science Foundation Grant #2334679. 

  • Program Director/Principal Investigator: Yvette Seger, PhD, Director of Strategic Scientific Program Advancement, FASEB
  • Co-Principal Investigator: Louis Justement, PhD, Professor of Microbiology, University of Alabama, Birmingham