Glenn/AFAR Scholarships for Research in the Biology of Aging

American Federation for Aging Research

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Grant amount: US $5,000

Anticipated deadline: Jul 9, 2019 2:00pm PDT

Applicant type: PhD Student

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: United States

Location of residency: United States

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It is a well-known fact that America’s population is aging dramatically – it is estimated that 20% of the population will be 65 years of age and older by 2030.  This aging population poses unique scientific and medical challenges that must be met if people are to live long, healthy, and productive lives.  Significant research findings in the biology of aging can lead to advances that help people live longer and healthier lives.

In order to continue to attract new generations of talented investigators, the Glenn/AFAR Scholarships for Research in the Biology of Aging have been established.  The program is designed to give students enrolled in MD, DO, PhD, or combined-degree programs the opportunity to conduct a three-to-six-month research project focused on biomedical research in aging.  The program aims to give students the chance to learn more about the field of aging research, as well as increase their understanding of the challenges involved in improving the quality of life for older people.

Up to twelve scholarships will be awarded in 2016.  They will enable PhD, MD, and DO candidates at any level to undertake a three-to-six-month research project on a subject related to the basic sciences and aging.  Students are encouraged to make their proposals as focused as possible – the strongest projects are those that focus on a particular subject area. Examples of promising areas of research include, but are not limited to:

  • Aging and immune function
  • Stem Cell Aging
  • Inflammation
  • Genetic Control of longevity
  • Neurobiology and neuropathology of aging
  • Invertebrate or vertebrate animal models
  • Cardiovascular aging
  • Aging and cellular stress response
  • Metabolic and endocrine changes
  • Age-related changes in cell proliferation
  • Caloric restriction and aging
  • DNA repair and control of gene expression
  • Biology of the menopause
  • Aging and apoptosis
  • Biodemographic analysis of aging
  • Comparative gerontology
  • Evolutionary biological aspects of the biology of aging
  • Macular degeneration
  • Regenerative biology
  • RNA control of gene expression in relation to age-related diseases

The research project must be carried out under the supervision of a faculty mentor.  It may be carried out in any not-for-profit setting, such as universities, medical schools, hospitals, or non-government agencies.  Applicants who also receive NIH, NSF or DOD stipend support are eligible to receive the Glenn/AFAR Scholarship. However, recipients cannot hold any other awards or scholarships concurrently with the Glenn/AFAR Scholarship.  Pending available funds, award recipients will be invited to attend the 2017 AFAR Grantee Conference.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Applicants must be MD, DO, PhD, or combined degree students in good standing at a not-for-profit institution in the United States. 
  • If accepted, applicants will be asked to submit a Proof of Enrollment form confirming their enrollment at a U.S. institution. 


  • No indirect costs or overhead are allowed.
  • Applicants may not hold another award or participate in another scholarship program concurrently with the Glenn/AFAR Scholarship.
  •  Clinical, epidemiology, health services, and outcome projects will not be considered.