NASPGHAN Junior Research Scholars Program

Deadline for applications: April 8, 2024

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Mission: To support professional development in research for early career physician scientists in pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology, and nutrition, and to increase success of applications for research career development funding.

Program scope: The NASPGHAN Junior Scholars Program aims to support senior pediatric gastroenterology fellows or early career faculty interested in pursuing a career as a physician scientist. Through the program, participants will receive a virtual mentor to add to their local mentorship team, participate in career development sessions, and obtain individualized grant-writing guidance. By the culmination of the program, a career development award or equivalent (for example, NIH K08 or K23, Institutional K12/KL2, NASPGHAN Foundation Young Investigator Award or equivalent career development award) shall be submitted by each successful participant.


  • 3rd or 4th year fellows in pediatric gastroenterology or a related advanced fellowship OR early career faculty (Instructor or Assistant Professor) within the first 2 years of their first faculty appointment
  • No previous receipt of an NIH or other government-funded career development award (e.g., NIH K08 or K23); career development foundation awards or internal career development awards are acceptable (e.g., KL2/K12)
  • Be a NASPGHAN member in good standing for at least the last 2 years

Are you interested in mentoring the next generation of NASPGHAN physician scientists?

If interested, please submit your name and a recent biosketch.

We are seeking established investigators to serve as mentors and advising leaders for the brand new NASPGHAN Junior Scholars Research Program.

Mentors will meet quarterly with their Junior Scholar to review research progress with the aim of supporting a career development grant submission at the conclusion of the program.

Advising leaders will each be expected to lead one virtual career development session for all Junior Scholars in the program.

Mentor/Advising leader eligibility:

  • NASPGHAN Member
  • Ability to demonstrate research independence (e.g., R01 or comparable funding, track record of training, etc.)

Our Partners
The Association of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition Nurses
Help & Hope for Children with Digestive Disorders
Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
JPGN Reports