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Adventure and Opportunity Ahead! Apply to the 2018 Butler-Williams Scholars Program Today

Carl HILL [Former NIA Staff],
Office of Special Populations (OSP).

Are you a new or emerging researcher in aging who’s looking for some adventure this summer? If so, I encourage you to apply to the 2018 Butler-Williams Scholars Program. A truly unique experience, the B-W Scholars Program provides an opportunity to learn how to build a successful research career and to engage peers with like-minded career aspirations.

The B-W Scholars Program takes place July 30 to August 3, 2018, on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland. The deadline for application is March 23, 2018. The B-W Scholars Program is sponsored by NIA, with support from the John A. Hartford Foundation, Alzheimer’s Association, and The Gerontological Society of America.

What can I expect?

Led by NIA scientific staff and senior extramural researchers, the week-long program includes lectures, seminars, and informal small group discussions. Sessions cover topics including:

  • Research design relative to aging
  • The biology of aging
  • Genetics and Alzheimer’s disease
  • Health, behavior, and aging
  • Geriatrics and clinical gerontology research
  • Health disparities research related to aging

The Butler-Williams Scholars Program was a great opportunity to meet fellow junior researchers from diverse fields, regions, and backgrounds. I greatly appreciated the opportunity to hear from giants in aging research and alumni from the B-W Scholars Program who discussed their career trajectories and trailblazing research

— Larrell L. Wilkinson, Ph.D., M.P.H., University of Alabama at Birmingham

Participants also can:

  • Refine aging research interests
  • Learn about NIA funding priorities, different types of grants and NIH funding policies
  • Get advice on preparing and submitting research grant applications to NIA

Speakers confirmed at this time include senior NIA staff and:

You’ll leave this training as part of a lively network of graduates, who share information about emerging research trends, funding opportunities, and important conferences and meetings. This B-W Scholars network is a peer and career connection that alumni value well after they have moved beyond the summer session. Many graduates have gone on to successful careers in aging, obtaining independent NIH funding and achieving significant leadership roles.

"The opportunity to attend the BW Scholars program proved to be one of the wisest decisions I made as a postdoc! The facilitators provided a breadth and depth of knowledge of several NIH/NIA processes that were priceless. Participation in the program gave me the needed confidence to submit a grant."

— Candace S. Brown, Ph.D., Duke University Medical Center

Am I eligible to apply?

Applications are accepted from emerging researchers, including those who may have had limited involvement in research on aging. An applicant must be a U.S. citizen, noncitizen national, or lawfully admitted for permanent residence. As an offering of the NIA Office of Special Populations, researchers with an interest in health disparities research related to aging are encouraged to apply. We’re also looking for applicants from diverse backgrounds, including individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, and women, who are always encouraged for this program and otherwise to apply for NIH support.    

How do I apply?

Applications are due March 23, 2018. Fill out and submit the online application form. See the instructions below the application form on how to submit required supporting documents by email to for your application to be complete. Don’t miss out—join us for this once-in-a-lifetime adventure!

Are you a B-W Scholars Program or Summer Institute graduate? We invite you to share your experience by submitting a comment below.

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