The Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) seeks participants for its 2019 Scholar Development Program (SDP). This program aims to bolster opportunities for both research funding and professional leadership among early- to mid-career Black/African American faculty. The program provides a set of targeted mentoring activities addressing academic leadership and NIH research fundingRecognizing the persistent gap between Black/African American investigators and those from other racial-ethnic groups in federal funding rates, the SDP—now embarking in its second year—focuses on the NIH R01 funding mechanism as a key pathway to prominence in scholarship and leadership. The SDP is one of several SRCD initiatives building on the Society’s commitment to diversity as part of its strategic goals.Participants in the program will work with a mentor to develop an R01 proposal to one of the programs within the National Institutes of Health. In addition to developing a proposal, scholars will work with mentors on professional development and academic leadership. The Scholar Development Program will provide constructive networking opportunities that will foster scholars’ professional success and open up new opportunities to assume leadership positions. We will be selecting 12 Scholars for the 2019 program.