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Application Information

Is this program for me?
The ADRD-TP supports graduate students who are or will be engaged in multidisciplinary research in Alzheimer's disease and related dementia (ADRD). Each student should demonstrate engagement in at least two of the four disciplines in our training program. In addition to your PhD mentor, you must also select a co-mentor from a different discipline. To be training eligible, you must be a US citizen or a non-citizen national of the United States, or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence at the time of appointment.

What will I study?
The four major disciplines of ADRD are basic biology, clinical and translational research, drug discovery and development, biophysics, bioinformatics and data science. Each student should demonstrate the engagement in at least two of these disciplines.

I am a first year graduate student. Can I apply?
First year students who have yet to choose a PhD mentor but are interested in the program, please send a biosketch and three letters of support to the Program Director, Prof. Orly Lazarov.

What are the eligibility requirements to apply?
All applicants must meet the following:

  1. A US citizen or permanent resident
  2. Your primary mentor is an approved mentor in the ADRD Training program (see list of approved mentors)
  3. Your secondary mentor is either an approved mentor or associate mentor (see list of approved mentors and associates)
  4. Your research is or will involve two of the four disciplines as follows:
    • Basic Biology
    • Clinical and Translational Research
    • Drug Discovery and Development
    • Biophysics, Bioinformatics and Data Science

How do I apply?
Please download the Application Instructions (download here). To apply, please submit a PDF document with the following information:

  1. Application Cover Page (download here)
  2. Abstract (limited to 250 words)
  3. Specific Aims (limited to 1 page)
  4. Reserach Strategy (see Application Instructions - limited to 6 pages)
  5. Mentor and Co-mentor Statements (see Application Instructions - limited to 6 pages)
  6. NIH Biosketch including a Personal Statement
  7. Transcripts (do not have to be official)

Please email a single document in PDF format to ADRD-Apply@uic.edu by Monday, July 12th, 2021 at 5:00 CT.

In addition, two (2) letters of reference should be submitted on your behalf (cannot be your mentor or co-mentor). The letters of reference must be emailed by the Referees directly to ADRD-Apply@uic.edu by the application deadline.

Who can I contact for further information?
To learn more about this training opportunity, please visit our website or contact one of the directors:
Orly Lazarov, ADRD-TP Director