Research Fellowship Program

We are pleased to announce the AWARD Network’s inaugural Request for Applications (RFA) for the Research Fellowship Program.

  • Research Fellowship Awards Cycle 1 RFA
  • Goal: Initiate or work on a collaborative research project with an experienced research mentor
  • Budget: $2,500 to $5,000 in direct costs
  • Deadline: April 26, 2024, 11:59pm Pacific Time
  • Award notification: Early May 2024
  • Duration: June 1, 2024 – April 30, 2025
  • Questions? Please submit any questions not addressed by the RFA to [email protected].

Program Overview and Purpose

The Advancing Workforce Analysis and Research for Dementia (AWARD) Network aims to advance research on the health care workforce that serves people living with dementia. Researchers from any discipline who are interested in building or advancing a research portfolio that considers the health care workforce are invited to participate in the AWARD Network. The AWARD Network is based at the Philip R Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies (IHPS). The network is a collaborative venture of investigators from IHPS, Healthforce Center at UCSF, School of Nursing at UCSF, the Center for Health Workforce Studies at University of Washington, and PHI. The Network is funded by the National Institute on Aging.

The AWARD Research Fellowship Program is intended to enable emerging researchers to initiate or work on a collaborative research project with an experienced research mentor. The early-stage researcher will receive $2,500 to $5,000 to cover a range of costs, such as travel to visit their mentor’s institution or to a conference; primary data collection expenses; translation, transcription and/or editing services; publication fees; and/or other approved expenses.

We encourage applications from graduate students as well as postdoctoral researchers and early-career faculty and other researchers who are developing or expanding a portfolio of research focused on the workforce that provides care to people living with dementia. The applicants’ research interests can be national, regional, or local in scope; may entail qualitative, quantitative, or mixed methods; and can focus on any topic related to the workforce and care for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, although priority will be given to projects that focus on the direct care workforce.

Applications will be rated on the relevance of the applicant’s research interests, demonstration of mentor’s commitment, clarity of fellowship goals, evidence of future promise as an independent researcher, and diversity considerations. We encourage applicants from populations under-represented in the U.S. biomedical, clinical, behavioral, and social sciences research enterprise. All fellowship award recipients will be expected to give a presentation related to their fellowship activities on an AWARD Network webinar or at an annual AWARD Network meeting.

We anticipate supporting 3-6 fellowships for a minimum of $2,500 and a maximum of $5,000 per award. The total number and amount of fellowship awards will be based on the number of meritorious applications and request of each applicant. Specific requirements are detailed in the RFA.