INSPIRE is hosting our Annual Fall Seminar Series, click here for detailed agenda
Virtual, Thursday Oct. 28, 2021, 10:00-12:30

* 70% of INSPIRE Fellows obtain Tenure-Track Academic jobs *

INSPIRE Training:

~70% time for high-powered research, achieving high-impact

~30% time for career skills, including mentored teaching at a
partner Minority-Serving Institution


Keynote presentations:
- Dr. Henry Turner Associate Vice Chancellor of the Rutgers Office of Research and Innovation
on exciting new initiatives to diversify Rutgers faculty

- INSPIRE Alumni, now seasoned faculty, on
“How the INSPIRE Program prepared me for success in academia.”

We also invite you to follow us on Twitter at @iracda2021  


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).

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).

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:

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;
Professor 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