Am I eligible?

All biomedical junior faculty and postdoctoral researchers from across the United States who currently lead or plan to lead a lab are eligible to participate in Compass. We seek people from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and disciplines to join our learning community. Biomedical disciplines from the basic sciences to translational sciences, public health, and behavioral/social research are welcome. Please note that English is currently our only language of instruction.

What is the time commitment?

Compass includes two components: Foundational Training and a period of Application and Support. Foundational Training requires a time commitment of 3-4 hours per week for 10 weeks. The Application and Support portion requires a time commitment of 2-3 hours per month for 6 months.

What does the program cost?
There is no cost to participate in the program. Compass is funded by the NIH and fees are waived for the duration of the grant.

Compass is a fully remote program, so Scholars will not need to travel or attend any in-person events. Compass does include live peer mentoring meetups and events with the Compass Team and Mentors through video conferencing.

Are non-US citizens eligible for this program?

Yes, a limited number of non-U.S. citizens are eligible for Compass. As an NIH-funded training program, we are required to prioritize admission to U.S. citizens and permanent residents. We expect to accept a limited number of non-U.S. citizens, so if you are a faculty member or postdoc conducting biomedical research in the U.S. and wish to be considered, please apply.

What is the goal of this program?
The goal of Compass is to help biomedical junior faculty and postdoctoral researchers successfully launch their careers. The program trains individuals to lead and manage successful teams, navigate career challenges, and balance life and science by providing mentoring, practical tools, and other resources.

We ask Compass Scholars to commit to each of the following:
– Actively engage with the learning content
– Attend the remotely delivered live events and peer mentoring meetups (Note: We understand that occasionally extenuating circumstances may prevent participating in scheduled live events).
– Be intentional about practicing acquired skills in their day-to-day work
– Be a supportive and constructive peer contributor
– Be welcoming of the perspectives and unique experiences of all community members
– Complete the Compass surveys so we can continually improve the program and understand its impact on Scholars

I am interested in learning more, who can I contact?

If you want to learn more or have questions, please email [email protected]. You may also submit an online contact form.

Compass was developed by a team of workplace psychologists, career development and diversity, equity, and inclusion experts, and NIH-funded researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri.