Are you an early-stage investigator, junior faculty, or a faculty member aiming to become an independent investigator in the science of aging? Then it’s time to apply for the 2023 Butler-Williams (B-W) Scholars Program, an exciting opportunity to develop research skills and plug into a powerful national network.

The program is designed to facilitate a broader understanding of NIA-supported science, refine grant writing skills, and energize professional networks. The intensive B-W experience is tailored for researchers pursuing a career development award or their first R01. It’s also the perfect fit for early-stage scientists who may have more advanced skills in a different field but are interested in growing an independent career in aging research.

The B-W Scholars Program is led by the Office of Special Populations as a crucial component of NIA’s efforts to promote research that may eliminate health disparities in aging while supporting and developing a more diverse scientific and biomedical workforce. For more than 35 years, the program has generated an engaged and energetic network of alumni from across the U.S. who have built successful aging research careers, obtained NIH funding, and grown into key leadership roles.

An immersive curriculum

The immersive 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 2023 curriculum will cover:

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

Apply by April 21 to save your summer spot!

The 2023 B-W Scholars Program will be held virtually August 23-25. Interested investigators must apply by the April 21 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 email

Have a B-W Scholars story to share?

Are you an alumnus of the B-W Scholars Program or its predecessor, the Summer Institute on Aging Research, who has changed institutions? If so, please email us to keep in touch about future alumni events. And if you want to let future B-W Scholars know how the experience has been helpful along your career path, please leave a comment below!

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