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

by Patricia Jones PHD Director, 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.

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:

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.

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