Career Guidance for Trainees


The Career Guidance for Trainees (CGT) program provides grants of $30,000 to $50,000 over a one-year period to support demonstration projects that will model affordable, transferable approaches to improving trainees’ readiness for stable, fulfilling careers.  

Please note:  This program does not support biomedical research projects proposed by individual investigators.

Conference Calls and Learning More

Conference calls will be held on January 9, 2019 (12 p.m. ET), and February 5, 2019 (3 p.m. ET), to provide general information similar to that found in this online material. The dial-in number for these calls is 800-247-5110 and password is BWF. The conference calls are meant to provide a broad sense of the program.

Potential applicants are always encouraged to contact the program officer, Victoria McGovern, directly at 919-991-5112 or to talk more specifically about proposals.


Moving from training to satisfying employment, whether within academe or in other realms, can require skills not always learned at the bench.  Helping trainees understand, acquire, and demonstrate skills that make them ready for complex careers should be the goal of submitted projects.

The Burroughs Wellcome Fund will support pilot projects that demonstrate practical approaches to readying scientists for career transitions. Projects may be meant to enhance trainees’ understanding of jobs beyond the Academy, or of career trajectories within academe, or of the flexibility of scientists’ intellectual skill set.

Eligibility Requirements

Please see the Request for Proposals for complete eligibility requirements.