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The application period for the 2020-2021 Bruce McEwen Career Development Fellowship has ended, see our Fellows here.

The NIA supported Animal models for the social dimensions of health and aging research network (R24AG065172) is pleased to announce the new Bruce McEwen Career Development Fellowship on Social Determinants of Health. This award will support outstanding junior scientists with high potential to advance the use of animal models or comparative approaches to understand the social determinants of health and aging.


Advanced PhD students, post-docs, or Assistant Professors at US institutions. The applicant should propose a research program within the broad scope of the research network’s interests and have an outstanding track record of accomplishments. Applications from underrepresented populations in biomedical, behavioral and social sciences research are strongly encouraged.

Details on the fellowship

We expect to award 2 – 4 fellowships with budgets of $3,000 – $6,000 each in 2020. The award can be used to support a short-term residency at an awardee-selected institution, to develop a new mentorship/collaborative relationship, or for secondary data analysis, new skill acquisition, manuscript writing, or professional development/planning.

Fellowships will be paid directly to the awardees. Awardees are expected to complete their experience and use the funds within 12 months of the award, and will submit a report of their activities within three months of completion. Awardees will also be invited to participate in subsequent Research Network meetings and activities.


The application consists of:

  1. A Primary Application Document (2 pages max) that includes a one paragraph description outlining the applicant’s background; a description of the proposed research activity and its relevance to animal models for the social dimensions of health and aging; a proposed timeline; budget and budget justification; and anticipated outcomes.
  2. If the primary purpose of the fellowship will be to support short-term collaborative or training visits to a different institution, a letter from the host PI or host institution should also be attached.
  3. A current NIH biosketch


Review of the application and priorities

Applications will be reviewed by the Research Network PIs, members of the Advisory Boards and ad hoc Reviewers, if necessary. The highest priority applications will clearly articulate the value of the proposed activity for research on the social determinants of health and aging and for the applicant’s professional development and training.


Resulting publications, presentations or material disclosed to the public domain should be shared with the R24 PIs for posting on the Network website and should include the following statement: “Supported by the Bruce McEwen Career Development Fellowship and the Animal Models for the Social Dimensions of Health and Aging Research Network (NIH/NIA R24 AG065172)”.