Building Research Skills, Supporting Health Equity with Butler-Williams Fellowship Program 2021


Are you a junior researcher looking for a career in aging research or a junior faculty member looking to better understand and address health disparities in the field? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you can combine these interests by applying for the 2021 NIA Butler-Williams Scholars Program!

The Butler-Williams (BW) Fellowship Program is a unique opportunity for early-career scientists to build a national network in aging research; learn more about NIA science and its funding opportunities; and develop grant writing skills. It is especially useful for researchers planning a Career Development Fellowship or their first R01, but anyone interested in researching aging is encouraged to apply.

The BW Scholars Program is presented by the NIA Office of Special Populations, which aims to strengthen understanding of health disparities in aging research and mentor a next generation of diverse scientists. Like participants in the 2020 program, this year’s BW fellows will meet virtually in compliance with COVID-19 safety precautions. The training program continues to be a popular and effective opportunity to develop your professional network in aging research.

Connect, learn, grow

The immersive and intensive program of BW Fellows combines seminars, presentations, small group discussions and networking. Participants will connect with NIA leadership, scientific review and program staff, and extramural researchers supported by the NIA. The 2021 BW Scholars program includes:

  • Minority health, health disparities and the promotion of health equity
  • Basic biology of aging
  • Alzheimer’s disease and dementias related to Alzheimer’s disease
  • Neuroscience of aging
  • Behavioral and social science research
  • Geriatrics and Clinical Gerontology
  • Consultations on the development of research interests
  • Application of the NIA framework on health disparities when developing a new study
  • Preparation and submission of research grant applications
  • Mock science grant application reviews

Launched over 30 years ago, the BW Scholars Program has developed a network of engaged and energetic alumni nationwide. BW Scholars alumni have built successful aging research careers, secured independent NIH funding, and have become key leadership roles.

Logistics & details: Apply now!

The BW Scholars program will be held virtually August 24-26, 2021. Interested early career researchers should apply by the March 31 deadline. This training is offered free of charge to successful candidates. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents. Researchers from underrepresented racial / ethnic groups, people with disabilities, women and / or those interested in minority health, health disparities and the advancement of health equity research related to aging are especially encouraged to apply.

View Butler-Williams Application Form

Build on a tradition, influence the future!

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


Paul N. Strickland

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