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Program : Career Catalyst – September 2021-June 2022

Deadline: Thursday, July 8, 2021
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Program: Career Catalyst

Session dates: September 2021 – June 2022
Application deadline: July 8, 2021

Career Catalyst is a strategic, one-year mentoring program for early-career researchers. Participants in the program learn about the importance of establishing successful mentoring relationships that promote personal and professional satisfaction.

Time commitment:

Mentees accepted into the program must commit to fully participate in the following*:

  • Two, one-hour meetings per month: October 2021-May 2022
  • Mentor/mentee meetings take place in small groups and will be scheduled for mutually convenient times.
  • Three, required events throughout the program for all mentees and mentors:
    • Opening Event: Wednesday, September 22, 2021 10:00-12:00pm EST
    • Mid-Year Event: Wednesday, February 2, 2022 10:00-12:00pm EST
    • Closing Event: Wednesday, June 15, 2022 10:00-12:00pm EST
  • Additional, optional meetings on special topics of interest offered throughout the year.

*Due to ongoing restrictions from the COVID-19 pandemic, the program will begin remotely. As conditions change, it is possible that aspects of the program will resume in-person.


  • Graduate students, postdocs, and junior faculty seeking guidance on overall career development
  • Applicants may or may not have a scientific project mentor or principal investigator


  • MD, PhD, or equivalent, with an interest in clinical and translational research
  • Instructors
  • Clinical residents and clinical fellows
  • Postdoctoral research fellows
  • Graduate students pursuing doctoral degrees


Free for Harvard-affiliated schools and institutions.

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