Welcome to YCA


Yale Ciencia Academy cohort 2022 and 2023 stand in the front of the Yale School of Medicine entrance at the begining of the June 2023 in-person meeting

Enhancing Biomedical Training and Diversity Through Skills Development, Community, and Outreach

The Yale Ciencia Academy (YCA) is a FREE year-long program that equips biomedical or health sciences doctoral students from underrepresented backgrounds who are ~2 years away from graduation with the knowledge, skills, and networks they need to find great post-PhD positions. 

Over the course of one year, fellows will participate in in-person and virtual activities to become part of a supportive peer community; develop important career planning, mentoring, and scientific and interpersonal communication skills and products; and connect with role models from diverse backgrounds.

Application period for YCA 2024 has closed


Program Components7 scientists seat u=in a U shaped table opposite a group of 4 panelists and 2 of the Yale Ciencia team memebers, listening to a talk.

The YCA program is guided by three main pillars: (1) planning, (2) mentoring, and (3) communication. The activities under each pillar are designed to prepare you to successfully transition to a post-PhD position that matches your career goals, interests, and values and to develop skills that will be of value at every stage of your  scientific career:


Application period for YCA 2024 has closed


A group of 14 fellows sit for a picnic lunch on s sunny day in the Harkness yard and Yale School of Medicine

                                    Six fellows collaborate during a zoom presentation in the Brain lab at Yale School of Medicine








The Yale Ciencia Academy is funded by grant R25GM114000 from the National Institutes of Health (NIH)