The Provost’s Initiative for Diverse Emerging Scholars (PROVIDES) pursues a twofold mission to:

  • Increase diversity within the postdoctoral community at UT Southwestern.
  • Help postdoctoral fellows successfully transition into independent faculty positions.

View the PROVIDES Brochure.

Developing Scholars into Faculty

PROVIDES selects graduating Ph.D. students who plan to pursue an academic faculty position. This initiative encourages mentorship, scholarship, and recruitment of career scientists from minority groups underrepresented in biomedical science. PROVIDES Scholars start the program when their postdoctoral fellowship begins, and the initiative continues for the duration of their fellowship.

The program launched with its first two scholars in October 2020.

Keisha N. Hardeman, Ph.D.

“UTSW is one of the most active and vibrant metabolism communities in the world. The research environment is collaborative, growth-oriented, and rich with opportunities for training and gaining mentorship. Great discoveries have been made here.”

Keisha N. Hardeman, Ph.D.Children’s Research Institute

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Genaro Hernandez, Ph.D

“I chose UTSW for my studies because it is the mecca for metabolic research. Moreover, I immediately noticed the friendly and collaborative environment at UTSW that allows one to interact and learn from outstanding scientists.”

Genaro Hernandez, Ph.D.Molecular Biology Department

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Program Benefits

  • Mentoring

    Biannual meetings with a Faculty Mentoring Committee offer students professional guidance and help them transition into independence.

  • Grants

    Scholars receive assistance preparing competitive extramural fellowship grant applications and training in grant writing.

  • Seminar Series

    PROVIDES Seminar Series features distinguished scientists from diverse backgrounds and workshops on topics such as “Communication Skills” and “How Search Committees Work"

    Upcoming speaker:

    Nicole Martínez, Ph.D
    Postdoctoral Fellow, Yale University
    Title: "Uncovering new functions of RNA modifications in mRNA processing"
    November 3, 2021
    Research Seminar: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Meet with Postdocs and Graduate Students: 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

    Previous speakers include:

    • Dr. Javier Garcia Bermudez
      Postdoctoral Associate, The Rockefeller University
      "Understanding the Role of Antioxidant Pathways in Cancer Progression"
    • Dr. Craig Cameron
      University of North Carolina, Chair of Microbiology and Immunology
      “Antiviral Therapy: Towards the Personal and the Precise”
    • Dr. Karine Gibbs, University of California, Berkeley
      Associate Professor
      “Micro-crowdsourcing: How Swarming Bacteria use a Local Sense of Identity to Assemble and move as a Community”
    • Dr. Lillian Brady, Vanderbilt University
      NIH/NIDA – MOSAIC K99/R00 Scholar
      Academic Pathways Postdoctoral Research Fellow
      “Sex differences in cholinergic regulation of dopamine release mechanisms underlying reward learning”
    • Dr. Christopher Barnes, California Institute of Technology HHMI Hanna Gray Fellow
      “Structural Characterization of Neutralizing Antibodies Induced by SARS-CoV-2 Infection or mRNA Vaccines”
    • Dr. Sonya Neal, University of California, San Diego
      Assistant Professor, Division of Biological Sciences
      Cell and Developmental Biology
      “Protein Homeostasis and How Organisms Use Quality Control Pathways to Mitigate this Universal Biological Stress”
    • Dr. Chantell Evans, University of Pennsylvania
      Postdoctoral Fellow
      HHMI Hannah Gray Fellow
      “Investigating the Spatial and Temporal Dynamics of Mitophagy in Neurons”
    • Dr. Kelly Chibale, University of Cape Town
      “Targeting kinases in the human malaria parasite for drug discovery”
    • Dr. Melanie McReynolds, Princeton University
      “NAD+ Flux is Maintained in Aged Mice”
  • Leadership Training

    Scholars participate in practice sessions, journal clubs, and monthly works-in-progress.

  • Additional Support

    Resources are provided through the Postdoctoral Affairs Office, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Postdoctoral Association, and the Office of Career and Professional Development.

  • Access to Core Facilities

    As PROVIDES fellows pursue research in their own area of interest, they gain access to top research tools at UT Southwestern, including:

    • Cryo-electron microscopy
    • DNA genotyping
    • DNA microarray
    • Electron microscopy
    • Flow cytometry
    • Genomics and microarray
    • High-throughput screening
    • Live-cell imaging
    • Medicinal chemistry
    • Metabolic phenotyping
    • Next-generation sequencing
    • Proteomics
    • Transgenics
    • Structural biology

Application Requirements

Submit Materials

Postdoctoral scholars must submit the following materials to be considered for the program:

  1. Proof of U.S. citizenship or Permanent Resident status

  2. One-page abstract of Ph.D. thesis

  3. Research proposal (limited to 1,000 words, not including references)

    • If a UT Southwestern mentor has been selected, proposal should focus on proposed postdoctoral research project.
    • If a UT Southwestern mentor has not been selected, proposal should focus on applicant’s area of scientific interest.
  4. Names and addresses of three references, one of whom is the principal predoctoral adviser

  5. Letter of support from a UT Southwestern faculty mentor:

    • If you have selected a UT Southwestern postdoctoral mentor, letter should come from this person.
    • If UT Southwestern postdoctoral mentor has not been selected, please list up to three UT Southwestern faculty and describe your interest in that lab.
  6. Curriculum vitae

  7. Published or accepted manuscripts (in PDF format) plus a five-sentence summary of applicant’s role in each publication

  8. Statement of career goals (limited to 250 words)

  9. Statement of commitment to diversity and inclusion in basic science (limited to 250 words)


Applicants should be close to completing their Ph.D. degree or have completed their degree within 15 months of becoming a PROVIDES scholar, though later graduation dates may be considered.

Our admission period is ongoing, so you can submit your application at any time. To apply, please PROVIDES and include the required materials.

Contact Us

Russell DeBose-Boyd, Ph.D.

Russell DeBose-Boyd, Ph.D.

PROVIDES Co-Director


Arnaldo Diaz Vazquez, Ph.D.

Arnaldo Diaz Vazquez, Ph.D.

PROVIDES Co-Director



Kristin Spain

Kristin Spain

PROVIDES Administrator