MADRC announces openings in early career investigator mentoring program

April 7, 2021  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

The Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center is pleased announce openings in its early career investigator mentoring program.

This program has two aims. One, providing early career investigators entering the field of dementia research with a broad education about contemporary dementia research. Two, providing early career investigators with mentoring by experienced investigators in developing competitive grant applications. 

Early career investigators from underrepresented groups in STEM are encouraged to apply. The program is a two-year program with the following components:

  • An online curriculum about contemporary dementia research to introduce mentees to basic features of dementias.
  • An individually tailored mentoring committee of experienced investigators to assist mentees with preparation of competitive grant applications.
  • Participation in the Career Development Workshop jointly sponsored by the MADRC and the University of Michigan Pepper Center. This workshop takes place in the spring and includes a Mock Study Section and other career development activities.
  • Access to Career Development support provided by the Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research.
  • Mentees receive preferred (not guaranteed) access to MADRC resources, Pilot Grant programs, and travel funds.
  • An anticipated grant of $35,000 to be used for appropriate career development activities. 
  • Presentation of research at the annual MADRC symposium and opportunities to present research at national Alzheimer Disease Research Center meetings.

Eligibility criteria include:

  • Career commitment to some form of dementia-related research. This covers the whole spectrum of research from social science work to basic biology.
  • Post-doctoral fellow (advanced status; usually after the 2nd or 3rd year) or early career and new investigator status (assistant professor with no R01 or equivalent) from U-M, Michigan State University or Wayne State University.
  • Realistic plans to submit a grant application within the next two years.

Applicants should submit:

  • A concise statement of research interests and career goals, including identification of projected grant application(s). This statement should include a concise description of plans to use the one-time REC grant.
  • Vita
  • Letter of reference-support from present primary mentor.

Please send application materials to Erin Fox at by Friday, May 15.