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New and Early-Career Researchers: Catalyze Your Career with the Butler-Williams Scholars Program in 2020!

Jaron Lockett
Jaron LOCKETT,
Health Science Policy Analyst,
Office of Planning, Analysis, and Evaluation (OPAE)
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Are you a late post-doc looking for a career in aging research? Or a junior faculty member looking to expand your career options? If you answered “yes” to either of these questions, then the time is now to apply for the 2020 NIA Butler-Williams Scholars Program!

The Butler-Williams (B-W) Scholars program gives early career investigators a unique opportunity to engage with other researchers interested in the field of aging, learn about NIA science, discuss funding opportunities with NIA staff, and sharpen grant writing skills. Researchers who are planning a career development award or their first R01 will find it well-tuned to their needs. But anyone interested in aging research is encouraged to apply.

The B-W Scholars program is funded through the NIA Office of Special Populations, which works to strengthen the understanding of health disparities in aging research and mentor a diverse next generation of scientists.

Immersive, intensive and interactive

The week-long B-W Scholars program is an intensive, immersive experience featuring seminars, lectures and informal small group discussions. It’s also a chance to interact with senior NIH and NIA leaders, scientific staff and senior extramural researchers.

The 2020 B-W Scholars program curriculum includes:

  • Basic biology of aging
  • Neuroscience of aging and Alzheimer’s disease
  • Behavioral and social science research
  • Geriatrics and clinical gerontology
  • Minority health and health disparities
  • Consultations on developing research interests
  • Preparing and submitting research grant applications

An instant national network

Over the years, B-W Scholar alumni have advanced to successful careers in aging, obtained independent NIH funding and assumed significant leadership roles. Past B-W scholars collaborate across the nation and network with fellow investigators to create a dynamic tapestry of research interests and advancing research careers.

Logistics & details

The B-W Scholars Program will be held July 6-10, 2020 on the NIH campus in Bethesda, MD. All associated costs (e.g. travel and lodging) are covered by NIA.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Researchers from underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, women, and/or individuals with an interest in health disparities research related to aging are especially encouraged to apply.

Help us build on the tradition: Apply now!

If you are an early career investigator interested in aging research, I urge you to do your career a favor and apply by the Feb. 14, 2020 deadline.

Are you a B-W Scholars program or Summer Institute (the program’s previous name) graduate? We invite you to share your experience by submitting a comment below. Or if you’re interested in the program and have questions, we’d love to connect. Hope to see you this summer!

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