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Application for Butler-Williams Scholars Program, 2021

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Collection of this information is authorized under 42 U.S.C. 241. The primary use of this information is to 1) identify candidates for clinical and research fellow, clinical elective, and other training positions, and 2) maintain a permanent record for historical and reference use of those individuals who have received clinical research training at the National Institutes of Health. This information may be disclosed to researchers for research training purposes, to hospitals and other healthcare institutions seeking verification of training for physicians who trained in NIH clinical programs and in response to Congressional inquiries. Submission of this information is voluntary, however, in order for us to accept you as a potential Clinical and Research Fellow, Dental/Medical Student, Postbaccalaureate/Postdoctoral Researcher, Summer Intern, or other student seeking an opportunity in an NIH training program, you should complete all fields.

Location/Format: Virtual

Date: August 24-26, 2021

Application Deadline: March 31, 2021

Eligibility: Qualified applicants must hold a doctoral degree (PhD, DrPH, MD, etc.). Only applicants working in the field of aging or actively considering this research field will be considered.

To Apply:
Please complete and submit the application form below, then send the required supporting documents by email for your application to be complete. See the "Submit Supporting Documents" instructions below the application form and please follow them carefully.

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Research Divisions & Contacts

Extramural research at the National Institute on Aging is directed by divisions. Learn more about each research division below:

Division of Aging Biology

The Division of Aging Biology (DAB) promotes and supports research and training on the molecular, cellular, genetic, and physiological mechanisms underlying normal aging and age-related pathologies. The objective of DAB-funded research is to elucidate the basic biochemical, genetic, and physiological mechanisms underlying the process of aging and age-related changes in humans and in animal models of human aging. This includes investigations of the gradual or programmed alterations of structure and function that characterize normal aging and investigations of how these adverse changes become risk factors for, or accompany, age-related conditions and disease states.

DAB Branches:

  • Genetics and Cell Biology Branch
  • Aging Physiology Branch
  • Biological Resources Branch

Division of Behavioral and Social Research

The Division of Behavioral and Social Research (DBSR) supports social, behavioral, and economic research and research training on the processes of aging at both the individual and societal level. BSR fosters cross-disciplinary research, at multiple levels from genetics to cross-national comparative research, and at stages from basic through translational.

DBSR Branches:

Division of Geriatrics and Clinical Gerontology

The Division of Geriatrics and Clinical Gerontology (DGCG) supports clinical and translational research on health and disease in older adults, and research on aging over the human life span, including its relationships to health outcomes. DGCG foci include translational research for the development of new interventions for age-related conditions, prevention and treatment of multiple chronic conditions in the elderly, and studies that help to promote evidenced based geriatric care and inform policies affecting older adults.

DGCG Branches:

  • Geriatrics Branch
  • Clinical Gerontology Branch
  • Clinical Trials Branch

Division of Neuroscience

The Division of Neuroscience (DN) fosters and supports extramural and collaborative research and training to further the understanding of neural and behavioral processes associated with the aging brain. An area of special emphasis is brain-behavior relationships. An important component of this Division is the support of basic, clinical, and epidemiological studies of AD and related dementias of aging.

Overall, the Division supports a broad spectrum of research aimed at elucidating how the central nervous system and behavior are affected by normal as well as pathological aging. An emerging focus is how the processes of aging and age-related cognitive decline intersect with the development of AD and other dementias of aging. The basic theme throughout the Division is to understand the aging nervous system in order to foster the maintenance of health and improve the quality of life of the older population.

DN Branches:

Select the NIA Division most suited to your research interests (1st Choice):
Select the next NIA Division suited to your research interests (2nd Choice - optional):
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Submit Supporting Documents

To complete your application, please submit the following four documents using the NIA portal found here and by email to Include your full name in the subject line and be sure to name your documents using the instructions below. Sending the documents in a single email is strongly preferred if possible.

The following files MUST be received by the application deadline (March 31, 2021) for your application to be considered:

  1. Specific aims
  2. Two letters of recommendation from professional references addressing the applicant's demonstrated ability and commitment to future research in the field. Please indicate who will be submitting references for you in the "References" section above.
  3. Biosketch (in NIH format)


    Your four documents (Specific Aims, Two Letters of Recommendation and Biosketch) must be emailed at the time of submission for the application to be complete.  Successful applications will not be reviewed without the supporting documents.

    Please name your files using this format before sending:


    Example: one of Dr. Jane Doe's recommendations should be named doe_jane_rec1.pdf

    Acceptable file formats are: PDF, MS Word (.doc, .docx, or .rtf), ZIP (.zip), or plain text (.txt).

    Maximum 4 files.
    100 MB limit.
    Allowed types: txt pdf doc docx rtf zip.