Leading Edge 

Leading Edge is an initiative launched in 2019 to improve the gender diversity of life sciences faculty in the United States by providing women and non-binary postdocs
1) a platform to present their work,
2) an opportunity to meet and connect with one another,
3) mentorship and career development training from world leaders in biomedical research. 

Leading Edge Fellows are selected through an open application process that runs November to February. The Fellows are invited to attend Leading Edge social events and career development training virtually throughout the year. They present their work during an annual symposium at HHMI's Janelia Research Campus. All costs are covered for speakers (travel, food, accommodation, childcare). Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, both the 2020 and 2021 symposia will occur virtually.

We welcome representatives from institutions interested in recruiting and supporting a gender-diverse faculty to attend the symposium.  People of all genders are welcome to attend.

The Leading Edge Fellow program is inclusive to all women, including cis women and trans women, and non-binary people comfortable in spaces that center women. 

All applicants are invited to include their information in our directory or women and non-binary early-career researchers, the Leading Edge Associate Directory (LEAD). Please click the Directory tab to access LEAD.


The 2021 Fellow Application is now open! 
Please click the link below to apply.

We thank our sponsors for their support

We thank our supporters and advisers who made Leading Edge a reality

Iain Cheeseman, Sue Biggins, Ron Vale,
 Needhi Bhalla, Ahna Skop, Nicholas Polizzi, and Leanne Jones.