Office for Research Careers

Our mission is to support the professional needs of the research community at the Brigham. We strive to support research trainees and faculty across the academic continuum by providing resources to support and promote career and professional development, enhance the training experience, and foster effective mentoring.

We often collaborate with the Brigham Research Institute, Postdoctoral Association, and Center for Diversity and Inclusion to offer myriad opportunities to the diverse research community.

From the Office for Research Careers

ORC Awards

Postdoc Scholars Award for Excellence in Mentoring

Nominations accepted annually in July.

This award recognizes postdoctoral fellows’ efforts in mentoring fellow postdocs, students or interns on research projects and/or career development. Winners are awarded a cash award of $1,000 and recognized at the annual National Postdoc Appreciation Week in September.

Faculty Career Development Awards

Due Friday, February 17, 2023

This award is provides transitional funding during the early critical years of an academic career when junior faculty must teach, do research, compete for grants, publish, and practice at the same time they may be assuming increased family or other responsibilities. The award provides $30,000 plus 20% overhead. Priority is given to primary caregivers, faculty who are URM, or women faculty.

Research Staff Excellence Awards

Due Friday, February 17, 2023

Two awards of $1,000 are available. Research Assistants/Technicians and Clinical Research Coordinators (or similar) at the Brigham are eligible to apply. Does not include postdoctoral fellows.


Rolling application.

The Brigham Research Institute (BRI) and Office for Research Careers (ORC) are pleased to support this Microgrant program to support junior investigators with small awards (typically $500 – $1500) for a new scientific project, training, or collaboration not otherwise funded in their labs.

Scientific & Grant Writing

Grants & Funding Resources

Researchers can search for funding, get resources for writing grants, find out about the latest funding opportunities at the Brigham and sign up for our Friday Funding Opportunities Newsletter.

ORC Grant Editing Service

Sign up for a 1-week editing slot.
Get individual feedback from the ORC’s part-time grant editor, Dr. Brenda Birmann. Brenda assists with English language, grammar, writing style, clarity and formatting in line with NIH guidelines. Brenda does not provide scientific review, so you should still seek scientific feedback from your mentor(s).

Harvard Catalyst Writing Center

Harvard Catalyst’s Writing and Communication Center is a comprehensive collection of tools, trainings, and resources that empower clinical/translational research team members in any stage of their careers to better articulate their science.


Free access to the English writing assistance software for all MGB users! Click here to sign in with your MGB credentials.

Professional Development

BWH Mentoring Toolkit

We are in the process of transitioning this toolkit over to the new website. In the meantime, you can still browse content on the original site, though note that some

People and Organizational Development Learning Courses

The People and Organization Development department leverages data-driven methods and practical tools to inspire growth, well-being, and performance at the individual, team, and organizational levels. They offer a variety of

Latest Brigham Research Institute News

Overhead view of the 2018 cores and resources fair.

Open Call for Cores and Resources – Brigham Research Cores and Resources Fair

Due Monday, April 3, 2023, 12PM The Brigham Research Cores and Resources Fair will take place on Monday, April 24th from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. in the Hale Café Atrium. We are currently soliciting representatives from BWH, MGB, and Harvard cores and resources who would be interested in promoting their resources/services at this annual event. This is an opportunity to staff an informational table with brochures, business cards, or other materials helpful to the community. Representatives from each core or resource will have the full hour and half to meet with attendees. Attendees from the Brigham and other MGB affiliated

PLC Voting Opens: Registrar & Treasurer

Due Monday, January 23, 2023, 5PM We have one nominee each for the new Registrar and Treasurer positions! Thank you to Alexandra Eicher (Registrar) and Evgenii Kim (Treasurer) for your interest in serving on the PLC Executive Board. Read Alex’s Nomination Statement for Registrar here. Read Evgenii’s Nomination Statement for Treasurer here. Because the positions are not contested, the election will proceed as a confirmation vote. Each current BWH postdoc is entitled to submit one ballot, voting either “Yes” or “No” for the candidate nominated for each position (or abstaining). A simple majority of votes cast in favor will confirm

Postdoc Leadership Council Nominations Open: Registrar and Treasurer

Due Monday, December 19, 2022, 11PM During the last Quarterly Meeting on November 29, BWH PLC members voted to ratify an overhaul of our bylaws. The new bylaws introduce two new elected positions to the PLC Executive Board: the Registrar and the Treasurer. You can read the descriptions and responsibilities of these positions below or on page 4 of the bylaws here. Since the bylaws were ratified partway through the year, the PLC is holding a special election to fill these roles for the remainder of the one-year term, until the next General Election in August. Any BWH PDA Affiliate

1st Annual BWH Postdoc Survey

Closes Monday, Oct 17, 2022

The BWH PLC Advocacy Committee is proud to launch our first annual Postdoc Survey to collect information on the needs and challenges faced by the BWH postdoc community.

Discovering Brigham with Dr. Robert Higgins

In a new video series, Discovering Brigham, Brigham and Women’s Hospital President Robert S.D. Higgins, MD, MSHA, and leaders from across the Brigham research community engage in conversations about research projects and discoveries that are leading to more equitable, cutting-edge care for all patients.

2022 Graduate Student Appreciation Celebration Recap

In honor of Graduate Student Appreciation Week, this month we asked: What is one of your favorite memories from your time at the Brigham so far? If you would like to add your voice to the conversation, please submit a comment at the bottom of the page.

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