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Give your career the Butler-Williams boost this summer!

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

Attention early-stage investigators and junior faculty: Would you like to take both your passion for fighting health disparities and your research career to the next level? If so, it’s time to apply to the 2022 NIA Butler-Williams Scholars Program!

The Butler-Williams (B-W) Scholars Program provides powerful pathways for early-career scientists to expand their networks, advance grant writing skills, and gain a broader understanding of the science NIA conducts and supports. It is especially helpful for researchers aiming for a career development award or their first R01, but anyone interested in aging research is encouraged to apply. Led by the Office of Special Populations, the B-W Scholars Program is a crucial component of NIA’s broader work to intensify investigations of health disparities in aging research and support a diverse future scientific workforce pipeline.

A comprehensive curriculum

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 researchers. The 2022 B-W Scholars curriculum will cover:

  • Minority health, health disparities, and advancing health equity
  • Basic biology of aging
  • Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias
  • Neuroscience of aging
  • Application of the NIA Health Disparities Framework in the development of a new study
  • Behavioral and social science research
  • Geriatrics and clinical gerontology
  • Guidance on developing research interests
  • Preparation and submission of research grant applications
  • A mock scientific review of grant applications

Launched more than 30 years ago, the B-W Scholars Program has generated 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.

Apply now for your summer spot

The B-W Scholars Program will be held virtually Aug. 23-25, 2022. Interested early-career investigators must apply by the April 15 deadline. Participation is free for successful applicants.

Qualified applicants must hold a doctoral degree (Dr.PH., Ph.D., M.D., etc.); be currently involved in or actively considering a move to the field of aging research; and be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. 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.

If you have questions about applying, please contact NIA at

Have a B-W Scholars story to share?

Are you an alumnus of the B-W Scholars Program or Summer Institute on Aging Research (the program’s previous name) with a story to share about how the experience helped grow your career? If so, please share a comment below!

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