Giving back to diverse scientists through life-changing experiences
The DS Bridges program provides scholarships and mentoring for scientists from underrepresented backgrounds who are performing research with practical applications in the life sciences and health sciences and are currently working without monetary compensation in Brazil, the US, or internationally.
The inaugural program in 2020 supported seven Brazilian scientists working in COVID-19 research. Since then, all seven scholars received one or more subsequent scholarships or were hired as scientists in academic or industry settings. The goal of the scholarship is to connect scientists to the next level of their careers while catalyzin
The inaugural program in 2020 supported seven Brazilian scientists working in COVID-19 research. Since then, all seven scholars received one or more subsequent scholarships or were hired as scientists in academic or industry settings. The goal of the scholarship is to connect scientists to the next level of their careers while catalyzing the development of innovation in life sciences and health care.
We believe science is important because it helps us answer questions that have the power to inspire positive changes in the world. Dimensions Sciences is a group of people invested in fostering talented individuals from underrepresented backgrounds with ideas for potential solutions to challenging scientific problems.
We’re thrilled to announce our 2021 DS Bridges Scholars! Seven Scholars were selected from a highly competitive pool of talented 44 applicants from all over Brazil. Scholars were selected based on their work’s scientific merit, potential for innovation, and impact in life sciences and health care. Congratulations!!!!
UFRJ, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil
Area of study: Neuroscience
Title: Racial disparity, intrinsic capacity levels and incidence of neurocognitive disorders in elderly brazilians: a prospective cohort study
UFMG, Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil
Area of study: Virologist
Title: Study of the role of mitochondrial respiratory chain complex I in the resistance of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes to Dengue virus
UFAL, Maceió, AL, Brazil
Study Area: Physics
Title: Acoustofluidics Devices for Raman Biospectroscopy in Leishmaniasis Assays
USP, Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil
Area of study: Immunology
Title: The diseasome of COVID-19 superinfections
UFPE, Olinda, PE, Brazil
Study Area: Chemistry
Title: Nanostructured Conductive Thin Films. Self-assembled using the Layer-by-Layer (LbL) technique for Hydrogen Production
UFMG, Juiz de Fora, MG, Brazil
Study Area: Cell Biology
Title: Pathogenesis of SARS-CoV-2 Infection: Compartments of Viral Replication and Impact on Human Eosinophils
UFRJ, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil
Area of study: Immunology
Title: Role of neutrophil extracellular traps formation on antigen presentation restriction
We want to bring you inside the peer-review process for DS Bridges.
The scholar selection was done in three phases:
In the review phases each application was assessed by at least two members of each committee who made notes and recommendations for the final decision.
Seven selected Scholars will receive a one-time prize award, a monthly scholarship, and access to our mentoring program, Dimensions Sciences Advice, Coaching, Training, and Support (DS-ACTS).
Thank you to all who applied and made DS Bridges a success!
Dimensions Sciences, a nonprofit organization based in the U.S., announced a scholarship program to support Brazilian scientists who are already voluntarily linked to laboratories based in Brazil but do not have a scholarship or salary, or Brazilian scientists returning from scientific exchange abroad (outside of Brazil) to laboratories based in Brazil but do not have a scholarship or salary.
Dimensions Sciences intends to provide a career transition program, allowing professionals in the sciences to continue dedicating themselves to research while searching for employment or longer-term scholarships from state, federal, or international agencies.
Our goal is that representation in the sciences resembles the diversity of the population in general, and our focus in this notice will take into account the ethnic-racial, gender, gender orientation, motherhood, and socioeconomic factors.
Support will be provided in the form of a monthly scholarship (for a minimum of three months, which may be extended to six months depending on the availability of resources, need for extension, and merit) and our mentoring program, Dimensions Sciences Advice, Coaching, Training, and Support (DS-ACTS).
Five to 10 scholarships will be offered to selected candidates who are without a salary or scholarship at the time the program begins. We look for highly motivated candidates with at least a complete master's degree compatible with the area of expertise who carry out scientific activities in the areas of biological and health sciences.
We encourage candidates to apply who have projects related to innovatively fighting infectious and contagious diseases, including the current health emergency (COVID-19). Projects will be evaluated based on feasibility, impact, innovation, and candidate trajectory.
Applications are now closed. Check back in 2022!
Due to the recent issues with the CV Lattes site, we added function to allow upload of the CV or resume in pdf format (Portuguese or English).
Yes, all life sciences fields are eligible.
The use of slides is not recommended. We would like to know each candidate and their ability to communicate without slides.
We encourage candidates to submit their diplomas; however, if a diploma is not available, the scientific committee will consider thesis defense minutes or a letter from the candidate’s institution confirming the candidate holds a degree. These submissions will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
The inclusion of a title and bibliographic references is up to the candidate, as long as the word limit is not exceeded. Figures are optional.
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Yes, for this program, it is mandatory that the candidate is not supported by any salary or scholarship at the time of the beginning of the DS BRIDGES scholarship.
If you have a Brazilian residence visa, yes you can!
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