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The objective of the workshop is to enrich current mentoring practices by providing mentors with evidence-based approaches to research mentoring while offering a forum in which to solve dilemmas. This training comes from the Center For the Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research (CIMER) and the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN).

AFMP is recognized by the NIH and NSF in grant applications as evidence of a commitment to trainee mentoring, including trainees from diverse backgrounds. This training has the potential to increase research productivity by strengthening the mentoring relationship. The competencies addressed in the training foster well-being (especially mental well-being) of lab members, reducing conflicts that can hinder research progress.


Full-Length Mentor Training (6 hours): Encouraged for faculty who have not previously participated in mentor training at UCLA. 

Date: Wednesday, June 12, 2024, 11:00 AM – 4:30 PM (in-person, lunch provided)

Application Period: Open now thru May 27, 2024 

Link to Apply: 


Refresher Mentor Training (3 hours): Only for faculty who have previously participated in full-length mentor training at UCLA. The refresher is recommended every 3 years. 

Date: TBA

Application Period: TBA

Apply Here for the Refresher Training: TBA


Sample Agendas can be found here.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Must be able to attend both listed sessions.
  • Must apply for the program
  • Must complete a post-workshop evaluation survey.

Advancing Faculty Mentoring Practices (AFMP) is offered two or three times a year.

  • The application opens 2 months before each program.
  • Applicants will be notified of the program admissions status 2-3 weeks before the program.
  • We recommend setting a hold on your calendar for the posted program times.
  1. First Priority will be given to UCLA faculty in the biomedical/life science fields who are directly mentoring trainees, on federal training grants, and/or newly appointed as junior faculty.
  2. Second Priority will be given to UCLA faculty in any discipline that applied previously but could not be admitted.
  3. Third Priority will be given to faculty in any discipline, ranked according to the criteria in #1.

Yes. See priorities list for who is chosen for the program.

All Research Faculty, Senior Research Scientist, or Administrators are welcomed. We have alternative offerings dedicated to graduate students and postdocs.

  • Every faculty that takes part in the program and attends both sessions will receive a letter of recognition that will list how many hours they completed and which modules they participated in. 
  • Faculty associated with Graduate Programs in Bioscience (GPB) will receive an asterisk (*) by their name on the GPB Faculty List to acknowledge their participation in a program designed to strengthen mentorship skills.
  • We recommend the Refresher Course every 3-4 years. 
  • The refresher course is one session, three hours in length, and will be offered twice a year. 
  • Faculty that are due for a Refresher Course will be contacted.
  • Faculty associated with Graduate Programs in Bioscience (GPB) who completed AFMP and qualified for an asterisk (*) on the GPB Faculty List must take the Refresher Course at least every 4 years to maintain this designation.


Please email our Program Director, Dr. Diana E. Azurdia at