Applications open for the 2021-2022 Fellowship Cohort

The INSPIRE (IRACDA New Jersey/New York for Science Partnerships iResearch & Education) Postdoctoral Program at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS), sponsored by NIH-IRACDA (Institutional Research and Career Development Award), provides up to three years of mentored research experience in biomedical fields at RWJMS or Rutgers University (70% effort), as well as training in educational methods - including mentored teaching at a nearby Minority-Serving Institution - and career development (30% combined effort).

Our INSPIRE Fellows' rigorous training in basic research typically generates an independent research program the Fellow can use to launch her or his own lab, and high-impact publications.

Partnering on the INSPIRE program are three nearby Minority-Serving Institutions:

The INSPIRE program serves to fulfill two important goals: prepare diverse university-trained Ph.D. scholars for successful careers as scientist-educators while increasing the participation of diverse student populations in biomedical science research fields. The program has also increased interaction of RWJMS faculty with students and faculty of the partner schools. It has also enhanced the professional development of other trainees at this school who participate in INSPIRE activities (workshops on scientific writing, courses on scientific teaching).

Dr. Martha C. Soto
PI and Co-Director of RWJMS-INSPIRE Program;
Associate Professor of the Department of Pathology, RWJMS
Phone: 732-235-4424

Dr. Gary Brewer
Co-PI and Co-Director of RWJMS-INSPIRE Program;
Interim Chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, RWJMS
Phone: 732-235-3473

Dr. Soto is also the Founder and Faculty Advisor for the BIO Links (Biosciences Links to Teaching) K-12 Outreach Program, which partners graduate students and postdoctoral fellows at RWJMS and Rutgers with local middle school and high school science teachers.

To learn about resources for postdoctoral fellows at RWJMS, including postdoctoral policies and support, and career development programs, please visit:

Updated 10/1/2020