Demystifying the National Institutes of Health diversity supplement: Mentee and mentor experiences and recommendations

Jasmine L. Travers, Daniel David, Melissa Weir, Maya N. Clark-Cutaia, Nkechi Enwerem, Priscilla O. Okunji, Dena Schulman-Green

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Background: The National Institutes of Health supports professional development of diverse researchers through diversity supplements. Limited awareness and understanding of the application process have hindered utilization of this funding mechanism. Purpose: We describe perspectives and recommendations of mentee and mentor recipients of diversity supplements. Methods: Our working group, comprised of faculty from an Historically Black College and University and an R1 research university, conducted stakeholder interviews with three mentees and four mentors from various institutions. We used content analysis to derive categories of experiences and recommendations. Discussion: Interviewees reported on advantages of diversity supplements, ensuring institutional support, identifying a good mentee-mentor match, developing grantsmanship specific to diversity supplements, and increasing numbers of these applications. Conclusion: We identify opportunities for stakeholders to increase awareness of diversity supplements. Our data support greater understanding of this mechanism, establishing strong mentoring relationships, and submitting robust applications. Findings can enhance diversity among the scientific community.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)856-865
JournalNursing outlook
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1 2022


  • Equity
  • Grantsmanship
  • Research supplement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing


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