Research and Funding

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the NIA Butler- Williams Scholars Program and how do I apply?


The Butler-Williams Scholars Program (formerly the Summer Institute on Aging Research) includes lectures, seminars, and small group discussions in research design relative to aging, including issues relevant to aging of ethnic and racial minorities. Lectures cover topics in research on aging, including: the biology of aging; genetics and Alzheimer’s disease; and health, behavior, and aging. Discussion sessions will focus on methodological approaches and interventions. The program also includes consultation on the development of research interests and advice on preparing and submitting research grant applications to NIA. The B-W Scholars Program is sponsored by NIA with support from the National Hartford Centers of Gerontological Nursing Excellence.

Applications are accepted from emerging researchers, including those who may have limited involvement in aging research. The applicant must be a U.S. citizen, noncitizen national, or lawfully admitted for permanent residence. Applicants are also asked to submit the a (1) typed statement describing desired objectives in attending the B-W Scholars Program, (2) Letters of recommendation from two people who are familiar with your professional interests and scholastic achievements, (3) One-page research proposal abstract, describing research hypothesis or questions, significance of research, and proposed approach to include a plan for analysis, (4) a copy of a recent resume or curriculum vitae.

An online application form is used to apply, with a yearly deadline in March/April.