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Strengthen research skills, support health equity with the 2021 Butler-Williams Scholars Program

Patricia Jones
Patricia JONES,
Office of Special Populations (OSP)

Are you an early-stage investigator hoping to establish a career in aging research or a junior faculty member who wants to better understand and address health disparities in the field? If you answered “yes” to either of these questions, then you can combine these interests by applying to the 2021 NIA Butler-Williams Scholars Program!

The Butler-Williams (B-W) Scholars Program is a unique opportunity for early-career scientists to build a national network in the field of aging research; learn more about NIA science and its funding opportunities; and sharpen grant writing skills. It is especially helpful for researchers who are planning for a career development award or their first R01, but anyone interested in aging research is encouraged to apply.

The B-W Scholars Program is presented by 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. Like the 2020 program participants, this year’s B-W Scholars will meet virtually in adherence with COVID-19 safety precautions. The training program continues to be a popular and effective opportunity to grow your professional network in aging research.

Connect, learn, grow

The immersive and intensive B-W Scholars Program blends seminars, presentations, small group discussions, and networking. Participants will connect with NIA leadership, scientific review and program staff, and NIA-supported extramural researchers. The 2021 B-W Scholars curriculum includes:

  • Minority health, health disparities, and advancing health equity
  • Basic biology of aging
  • Alzheimer’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease related dementias
  • Neuroscience of aging
  • Behavioral and social science research
  • Geriatrics and clinical gerontology
  • Consultations on developing research interests
  • Applying the NIA Health Disparities Framework when developing a new study
  • Preparing and submitting research grant applications
  • Mock scientific grant application reviews

Launched more than 30 years ago, the B-W Scholars Program has grown an engaged and energetic alumni network nationwide. B-W Scholars alumni have built successful aging research careers, obtained independent NIH funding, and grown into key leadership roles.

Logistics & details: Apply now!

The B-W Scholars Program will be held virtually on August 24-26, 2021. Interested early career investigators must apply by the March 31 deadline. This training is offered at no cost to successful applicants. 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 minority health, health disparities, and advancing health equity research related to aging are especially encouraged to apply.

View Butler-Williams Application form

Leverage a tradition, influence the future!

Are you a B-W Scholars Program or Summer Institute on Aging Research (the program’s previous name) graduate whose experience shaped or strengthened your career? Or, are you a potential applicant with questions? If so, please share a comment or question below. We hope to see many of you virtually this summer!


Submitted by Syed Islamuddin Shah on February 26, 2021

Over the past four years I have been working in computational neuroscience with focus on Alzheimer Disease modeling and published three publications with two more to be submitted soon. I hope this worksop will help me learn broad range of ideas from diverse community of participants and mentors of this Program.

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