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.
Dimensions Sciences is hosting a Careers in Science Panel on September 27th at 8-9 AM ET, featuring three of our 2020 COVID-19 scholars: Italo de Castro, Glaucia Caruso, and Leu Schultz.
Moderator: Koka Kliora
Special Guest: Bob Chapman
Our speakers are early-career scientists who will share their career paths in academia and the private sector.
Learn about careers in science and COVID-19 research from a few of our scholars!
Simultaneous interpretation in Portuguese and English provided.
Leu is currently a Researcher at Neoprospecta Microbiome Technologies, Brazil. In 2020, he pursued a postdoctoral experience at the Biosciences Institute at São Paulo State University (UNESP) Brazil and worked at startups BioBreyer and Biolinker, developing Sars-CoV-2 detection kits through RT-PCR and RT-LAMP. He has a PhD in Science, from UNESP) (2019) where he characterized an enzyme, called Asparaginase, widely used in the treatment of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. He was an international exchange doctoral student at King's College, London, United Kingdom (2018), where he worked on the development of phylogenetic analyzes of Asparaginases, using bioinformatics tools, resulting in a new classification system for these enzymes. Leu is a recipient of the 2020 Dimensions Sciences COVID -19 Task Force scholarship. https://www.linkedin.com/in/leonardo-schultz/
Glaucia is Doctoral candidate at University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Glaucia is currently performing research on the use of Antarctic fungi in the production of gold nanoparticles, aiming at biomedical application in drug-delivery. Her mission is to seek sustainable alternatives for improving health care products and processes. She researchs natural compounds, bioproducts, and microorganisms of pharmaceutical and industrial interest. Glaucia has experience leading R&D teams and developing new products for COVID-19 testing, biological control, and plant nutrition. She brings 10-years of experience in laboratory routines and in biosafety level 2 laboratories. Glaucia also works as a consultant in microbiology, nanotechnology, and biotechnology. Glaucia is a recipient of the 2020 Dimensions Sciences COVID -19 Task Force scholarship. https://www.linkedin.com/in/glaucia-rigotto/
Italo is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Washington University in St. Louis. He got his Ph.D. in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Currently, Italo is interested to know how other human respiratory viruses remain in the organism after the initial acute infection and the mechanisms involved in reactivating these past resolved infections, contributing to potential seasonal outbreaks. Castro is a recipient of the 2020 Dimensions Sciences COVID-19 Task Force Scholarship. During scholarship time, he worked with the infection of respiratory viruses in organs and cells of the immune system to understand how viruses take advantage of cells to escape the body response to the COVID-19 infection. https://www.linkedin.com/in/%C3%ADtalo-castro-939780178/
Koka Kliora is a proposal writer, having worked in the corporate arena for 20 years. She has worked in information technology, pharmacy benefit management, and human resources outsourcing and consulting. Koka has a passion for volunteering in the community, including animal rescue, adult literacy, mentoring, and LGBTQ advocacy. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from Lake Forest College and serves on the Board of Directors for Alexander Leigh Center for Autism. She lives in Gurnee, Illinois with her husband, son, dog, and four cats.
Bob is Dimensions Sciences Co-Founder. He brings 30 years of service in global public policy, grassroots advocacy and civic engagement. An open minded collaborator with robust experience at all levels of corporate and organizational management. A global citizen who has visited more than 55 countries and lived in 5 of them experiencing first hand the hardships and the highlights of the human condition. Bob is an alumnus of Northeastern University, the United Nations International School, and the George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management. Having lived abroad in Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Venezuela and Brazil, Bob has a fluency in Spanish and Portuguese. He currently lives in Washington, DC. "I've traveled the world with the most senior decision makers of our time. But, my head and feet remain on solid ground."
Action oriented strategic thinker with excellent communication skills and a passion for translating organizational business goals into attainable strategic and tactical plans and for achieving operating targets by building strong internal and external relationships. Demonstrated success leading within matrix organizations - cross functionally and across various geographic regions. Multi-sectoral experience in private, public and non-profit sectors focused on: regional market development, business development, market access, key accounts and strategic alliances, key opinion leader (KOL) management, strategic sales & marketing and major gift fundraising. Global Health experience: Improving access to quality health care and diagnostic services in low resource settings, capacity building, education & training.
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!!!!
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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