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Calling all procrastinators: NIA Butler-Williams Scholars Program!

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The deadline is fast approaching for the 2015 Butler-Williams Scholars Program, NIA’s premier aging research training program. Apply by March 27, 2015, and encourage your contacts and friends to do the same.

Formerly known as the Summer Institute on Aging Research, the NIA Butler-Williams Scholars Program (renamed to honor past NIA Directors Dr. Robert Butler and Dr. T. Franklin Williams) includes lectures, seminars, and small group discussions related to research and grantsmanship. Sessions cover:

  • how to apply for NIH grants and how your applications will be reviewed
  • minority aging and disparities in health and life expectancy
  • the biology of aging
  • genetics and Alzheimer’s disease
  • health, behavior, and aging
  • and more

The program is sponsored by NIA with support from the National Hartford Centers of Gerontological Nursing Excellence, the American Federation for Aging Research, and the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine.

Last year, I interviewed NIA Deputy Director Marie Bernard about why the Butler-Williams Scholars Program is so special. And she also wrote a great blog post about meeting the 2014 Scholars and what she learned from them. Be sure to check out those conversations as you consider applying.

How do I apply to the Butler-Williams Scholars Program?

It’s easy to apply! You’ll need to submit:

  1. a typed statement describing your objectives for attending the Butler-Williams Scholars Program
  2. letters of recommendation from two people who are familiar with your professional interests and scholastic achievements
  3. a one-page research proposal describing your research hypotheses or questions, the significance of the research,  your approach and analysis plan
  4. a recent resume or curriculum vitae

Applications are accepted from emerging researchers, including those with limited experience so far in aging research. You must be a U.S. citizen, noncitizen national, or lawfully admitted for permanent residence. Looking forward to your—or your colleague’s—applications!


Read Next:

July 24, 2013: announcing the Butler-Williams Scholars Program

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