How to Apply

Applications for the next MIND cohort will open in April 2021!

The next MIND cohort will participate in the Catalytic Course in late Spring 2021 (on Fridays, starting mid-May), and the Peer Teams in Summer/Fall 2021. We will begin accepting applications for the 2021 cohort in April 2021. Please read the materials from last year's program if you'd like to learn more. Contact [email protected] with any questions. Please note that the 2021 MIND program will likely be conducted virtually. Course materials will be distributed online, and interactive sessions will be held on Zoom.

2020 info session slides

2020 MIND Program Syllabus

How to Apply

Click the button above and fill out a short online form to apply. Please note that the application has three components:

  • General applicant information
  • Career interests and motivations, including two short answer essay questions
  • A resume or CV (uploaded as a PDF)


  • Both international and domestic trainees are eligible and welcome to apply.
  • Postdocs: UCSF postdocs must be in the basic life sciences and have a postdoc title code at the time of application.
  • Students: UCSF graduate students must have passed their qualifying exams by the time the program begins and be in good academic standing. Students from the below graduate programs are eligible to apply:
    • Bioengineering
    • Biological and Medical Informatics
    • Biomedical Sciences
    • Biophysics
    • Chemistry and Chemical Biology
    • Developmental and Stem Cell Biology
    • Epidemiology
    • Global Health*
    • History of Health Sciences*
    • Medical Anthropology*
    • Neuroscience
    • Nursing*
    • Oral and Craniofacial Sciences
    • Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacogenomics
    • Sociology*
    • Tetrad

*Please note that the MIND program was originally developed for UCSF biomedical scientists. The course content draws heavily from the perspectives of researchers in the basic life sciences. That said, we welcome students from other programs and encourage them to apply. 

Program Dates and Requirements (2021)

Please note that these dates and times are tentative and may be subject to change. Please email [email protected] in mid-April to confirm final dates and times. 

  • Spring/Summer 2021: Catalytic Course Phase (Required)
    • Graduate students must enroll in the 2-unit Pass/No Pass course "Graduate Studies 213." All participants must commit to completing the Catalytic Course phase.
    • Successfully completing the Catalytic Course requires completion of 3-5 hours of homework between course dates; and attendance at all classes (or make-up work for classes you are not able to attend). Classes are currently scheduled for the below dates and times (subject to change):
      • Friday, May 21, 12-2 p.m.: Catalytic Course #1
      • Friday, June 4, 12-2 p.m.:  Catalytic Course #2
      • Friday, June 18, 12-2 p.m.: Catalytic Course #3
      • Friday, July 2, 12-2 p.m.: Catalytic Course #4
      • Friday, July 16, 12-2 p.m.: Catalytic Course #5
      • Friday, July 30, 12-2 p.m.: Catalytic Course #6
  • Summer/Fall 2021: Peer Team Phase (Recommended)
    • Participation in bi-weekly peer team meetings, of 90 minutes per meeting, through the winter quarter
    • Conducting a minimum of 3 informational interviews or job shadows, and sharing the information you gathered with your peer teams and MIND cohort.
      • Friday, August 13, 12-1:30 p.m.: Catalytic Course Finale and Peer Team Kickoff
      • Friday, August 27, 12-1:30 p.m.:  Peer Team Meeting #1
      • Friday, September 10, 12-1:30 p.m.: Peer Team Meeting #2
      • Friday, September 24, 12-1:30 p.m.: Peer Team Meeting #3
      • Friday, October 8, 12-1:30 p.m.: Peer Team Meeting #4
      • Friday, October 22, 12-1:30 p.m.: Peer Team Meeting #5
      • Friday, November 5, 12-1:30 p.m.: Peer Team Meeting #6
  • Friday, November 19, 2021: MIND "Graduation" and Holiday Party
  • Beyond: Availability for longitudinal surveys about experiences with the program, and career outcomes

Upcoming Events


Alumni Career Paths in Science Communication

Date: April 21, 2021
Time: 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.