Career Advisory Board

The Career Advisory Board (CAB) is a referral service that matches senior postdocs (start of fourth year and beyond) and early-career PIs, regardless of gender or gender identity, who submit requests for guidance on specific career issues with more senior scientists who have experience and insights in those areas. 

The program is not meant to replace the mentoring programs at a scientist’s home institution, but rather to serve as a resource to obtain advice on a specific question from established investigators outside of one's home institution—often through a single phone call.

Topics include (but are not limited to):

  • balancing family and work
  • timing for the first grant submission
  • recruiting
  • handling personnel issues
  • managing a lab
  • finding a mentor
  • building networks
  • preparing for leadership
  • balancing service obligations
  • teaching
  • serving on NIH study sections

Note: The CAB is not designed to provide assistance with grant writing or review. AAI offers the AAI GRIP (Grant Review for Immunologists Program) to serve this purpose.

Applicants should specify the topic or issue they want to address. They may also specify persons not to be contacted on their behalf.

To Apply

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The CAB is sponsored by the AAI Committee on the Status of Women (CSOW). Your request will be forwarded to the CSOW subcommittee members who designate an appropriate advisor from a pool of AAI volunteers who have agreed to be available. The designated advisor will contact you to arrange a phone call or correspondence. Please note that both men and women may serve as advisors.

Interested in volunteering as an established PI advisor? If you are interested in volunteering as an advisor, send an e-mail with the topic(s) you wish to address to (Please write CAB in the subject line.)

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