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Advance your scientific career with the 2019 Butler-Williams Scholars Program

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2018 Butler-Williams Scholars participantsAt the NIA Office of Special Populations, we strive to support new and emerging researchers in aging science and understand the vital importance of mentoring for next-generation scientists to accelerate their career trajectories. If you are a young researcher or junior faculty member interested in aging research, I urge you to apply now for the 2019 Butler-Williams (B-W) Scholars Program.

The B-W Scholars Program, offered annually by NIA, is a unique opportunity to engage with mentors and peers in the field of aging, while sharpening skills on the path to a successful research career. The next week-long session will be held July 29 to August 2, 2019, on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland. The deadline for application is March 22, 2019. Individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities and women are always encouraged to apply for NIH support.

An immersive environment

The B-W Scholars Program is an intensive, immersive experience, featuring seminars, lectures and informal small group discussions led by NIA scientific staff and senior extramural researchers. This year’s program will feature an opening presentation by NIA Director Dr. Richard J. Hodes and a keynote address by Dr. Ken Covinsky, an expert from the University of California, San Francisco on mentoring emerging investigators with an interest in aging research.

Topics to be covered:

  • Biology of aging
  • Genetics and Alzheimer's disease
  • Health, behavior, and aging
  • Methodological approaches and interventions
  • Consultations on developing research interests
  • Advice on preparing and submitting NIA research grant applications

Forging connections

While these sessions are extremely useful for early-career scientists, even more valuable is the long-term benefit of the B-W Scholars network of graduates. Since the program was renamed after former NIA Directors Dr. Robert Butler and Dr. T. Franklin Williams in 2014, the 299 alumni of the program continue to connect and share news about emerging research trends, funding opportunities, and important conferences and meetings long after they attended the training.

Several B-W Scholars have advanced to successful careers in aging, obtaining independent NIH funding and growing into significant leadership roles. If you’re an alumnus, we’d love to receive your comments below on how the program enhanced your career skills and network.

All about applying

The good news is you don’t have to be deeply experienced in aging science to apply. Applicants 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 from diverse backgrounds and/or with an interest in health disparities research related to aging are especially encouraged to apply. The application form is online. See the instructions below the form on how to submit required supporting documents by email to complete your application process by the March 22 deadline.

We hope to see you this summer

Please consider investing a week of your summer that will pay off for decades to come in your research career journey. We are eager to connect with you and hope you can join us in July!