Neuroscience and Neurological Disorders Fellowships and Awards

Alzheimer’s Association New Investigators Program

The Alzheimer's Association funds a wide variety of investigations by scientists at every stage of their careers. Each grant is designed to meet the needs of the field and to introduce fresh ideas in Alzheimer's research. Learn More

Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration Pilot Grants

AFTD Pilot Grants are intended to support early career investigators and to provide seed funds for new and creative ideas that address critical issues in FTD research. Funded investigators are encouraged to use the preliminary data generated in a pilot grant toward larger public or private grant applications that will further our understanding of the FTD disorders. Grants will be awarded for 1 year duration, with a maximum funding amount of $60,000 per grant, for direct costs only. Applications may be submitted by investigators at nonprofit academic/hospital research institutions worldwide. Learn More

BrightFocus Foundation Alzheimer’s Disease Research Program (ADR)

The ADR program offers 2 types of awards: The standard award provides significant funding for researchers who have already generated some amount of preliminary data but are often required to demonstrate additional, significant progress before they can apply to governmental or industrial funding agencies. Award amount is $300,000 for 3 years. Meanwhile, the postdoctoral fellowship awards are intended for young researchers in their final stages of mentored training. These awards fund projects in an established laboratory that will serve as the basis for the applicant's own independent research career. Award amount is $100,000 for 2 years. Learn More

Brown University Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Translational Neuroscience

Brown University and the hospitals affiliated with Brown’s Alpert Medical School are well known for their excellence in research and clinical care related to the nervous system. In recent years, the Brown Institute for Brain Science (BIBS) and the Norman Prince Neurosciences Institute (NPNI) have been developing joint programs to better unite these efforts. This has led to the creation of a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Translational Neuroscience that is being co-sponsored by BIBS, NPNI, and the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior. This interdepartmental fellowship provides research training in both basic and clinical neuroscience. Learn More

Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award for Medical Scientists

The Career Awards for Medical Scientists is a highly competitive program that provides $700,000 awards over 5 years for physician-scientists, who are committed to an academic career, to bridge advanced postdoctoral/fellowship training and the early years of faculty service. Proposals must be in the area of basic biomedical, disease-oriented, or translational research. Proposals in health services research or involving large-scale clinical trials are not eligible. Learn More

Columbia University Paul Janssen Fellowship in Translational Neuroscience Research

The Paul Janssen Fellowship is awarded to an outstanding young physician-investigator (must have M.D. or Ph.D. degree) to conduct novel translational research in the field of neuroscience as it relates to psychiatric disease and medicine. The Paul Janssen Fellow will be assigned both a basic scientist mentor and a clinical investigator mentor from the faculty at Columbia University to serve as joint mentors. The fellow will take a basic observation made by the basic science mentor and apply it to the study of disease or treatment with the clinical research mentor. Learn More

Johns Hopkins Behavioral Neurology & Neuropsychiatry Fellowship Program

The Johns Hopkins Behavioral Neurology & Neuropsychiatry Fellowship Program is a 2-year clinical/research program. Each year, 1 to 3 fellows are recruited. Collaborative clinical and research programs between the departments include Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy, frontotemporal dementia, Huntington’s disease, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, and traumatic brain injury. Both departments have numerous NIH and foundation grants, as well as industry-sponsored studies. Learn More

Johns Hopkins University Interdisciplinary Training in Psychiatry and Neuroscience

This program permits individuals who have completed their residency in psychiatry or neurology or a doctoral program in any relevant area to participate in either clinical or basic science training relating to neuropsychiatric diseases. Postdoctoral fellows have the opportunity to do laboratory or clinical research with one of our faculty members, whose expertise include: Molecular biology and genetics; cell biology and biochemistry; mouse genetics; neurobiology and behavior; clinical neuropsychiatry; human genetics; and brain imaging. There is also a seminar and course program, individually tailored to the trainee. Applications from individuals who are members of under-represented minorities, have disabilities, or are from an economically disadvantaged background are strongly encouraged. Learn More

Klingenstein-Simons Fellowship Awards in the Neurosciences

The Esther A. & Joseph Klingenstein Fund and the Simons Foundation awards are among the nation’s oldest and most illustrious fellowships for young investigators in neuroscience research. Aimed at advancing cutting-edge investigations, the awards are presented to highly promising, early career scientists. At this critical juncture in young investigators’ careers, when funding can be a challenge, the fellowship awards promote higher-risk, and potentially higher-reward projects. Learn More

Leon Levy Foundation Fellowship in Neuroscience

The Foundation established the Leon Levy Fellowship in Neuroscience to expand on Leon Levy’s interest in neuroscience and the functioning of the brain to better understand its impact on human behavior. The Foundation hopes to advance the careers of outstanding young neuroscientists as they pursue innovative, risk-taking research at select New York institutions. Learn More

Maryland Psychiatric Research Center Research Fellowship Program

The Maryland Psychiatric Research Center (MPRC), an international leader in schizophrenia research, welcomes enquiries from qualified postdoctoral fellows. We are seeking applicants for a 2-year training program for fellows from psychiatry, psychology, pharmacy practice, and laboratory neuroscience who are committed to a career in schizophrenia research. The MPRC has a strong record of helping fellows develop their own research careers. Each class of trainees will share educational activities, which include MPRC's internal course on schizophrenia, a fellows’ journal club, lunch with outside speakers, a grant writing exercise, an outside review aimed at furthering the fellow's career, and a monthly lunch with the MPRC Director. Learn More

The McKnight Foundation’s McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience

Supports neuroscientists in the early stages of their careers to focus on disorders of learning and memory. The Endowment Fund especially seeks applicants working on problems that, if solved at the basic level, would have immediate and significant impact on clinically relevant issues. Awards are $75,000 per year for 3 years. Learn More

New York State Psychiatric Institute Research and Fellowship

Following Residents interested in a research career, the next step in career development is a research fellowship. Within the Department of Psychiatry there are 11 NIMH-funded, post-residency research training programs in the areas of affective, anxiety and eating disorders; schizophrenia; late-life neuropsychiatric disorders; child psychiatry; substance abuse; HIV infection; psychobiological sciences; genetic analysis; neurobehavioral sciences; psychiatric epidemiology; and neuropsychology and cognition in aging. Fellows in these training programs are funded for 2 to 4 years to work with their mentor to develop research skills and a program of independent work. The broad range and success of these fellowships provide an important stepping stone for the careers of our graduates. Residency applicants already committed to a research career should consider the residency and research fellowship programs together and conceptualize entering the residency program and 6 to 7 years later emerging as Junior Faculty. Learn More

Thomas P. Detre Fellowship Awards in Translational Neuroscience Research in Psychiatry

We are pleased to announce and solicit applications for the 2015-2016 Thomas P. Detre Fellowship Awards in Translational Neuroscience Research in Psychiatry. The awards have been established in memory of Dr. Detre, an internationally renowned academic psychiatrist, esteemed Yale Psychiatry faculty member/alumnus, and Chair of Psychiatry, Vice Chancellor of Health Sciences, and Dean at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Learn More

UCLA Cousins Center Post-Graduate Fellowships in Psychiatry and the Neurosciences

Clinical and research fellowships are offered. Subject areas include: Child mental health intervention research; dementia and behavioral neuroscience research; degenerative diseases; drug abuse research; substance abuse fellowship in Addiction Psychiatry; fellowship in Geriatric Psychiatry; HIV-AIDS fellowship; neuroendocrinology of reproduction; neuroengineering training program; postdoctoral training program in neurobehavioral genetics; postdoctoral fellowships in psychosis; training program in cellular neurobiology; training program in neural repair; and training program in neuroimaging. Learn More

University of California San Diego School of Medicine Fellowship in Biological Psychiatry and Neuroscience

The fellowship is a 2-year program that is aimed at training physicians and psychologist in conducting research towards the understanding of the biological underpinnings of mental disorders. The field of Neuroscience has evolved dramatically over the past 20 years. Methods are now available that enables one to study the living brain from a macroscopic to microscopic scale. Yet, we still have to learn so much about the neurobiological basis of mental disorders. During the 2 years of fellowship, we bring together experienced faculty from the Department of Psychiatry and from the UCSD Campus to provide fellows with tools and techniques to ask compelling questions focused on the neurobiology of mental disorders. We aim to train fellows in improving their presentation skills, work on grant-writing, and manuscript-writing and suggest possible collaborations for future studies. The fellowship can be seen as a springboard towards an academic career in psychiatry. Many of our past fellows are currently in tenure-track academic positions across the country, and we are looking forward to train the future leaders in the field of biological psychiatry. Learn More

University of Colorado Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry Fellowship

The Neurobehavioral Disorders Program at the University of Colorado School of Medicine offers a fellowship in Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry, including a 12-month clinician-educator track and a 24-month clinician-scientist track. The availability of slots in these tracks is contingent upon funding, which varies from year-to-year. Applicants are encouraged to contact the training program director regarding their interest in and availability of slots in these tracks prior to making application to this fellowship training program. Learn More

University of Iowa Clinical Neurobiology Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Postdoctoral Fellowship in Neurobiology and Major Psychoses is a 2-to-3-year training program in integrative translational clinical neuroscience. It includes a combination of training techniques, including: didactic coursework and mentorship from 1 or more training faculty members. The program stresses the acquisition and application of research skills in neuroscience technologies (neuroimaging, genetics, molecular biology, cognitive/affective neuroscience) to examine the mechanisms, lifetime trajectory, and treatment approaches to major mental illnesses. There is also emphasis placed on the acquisition of skills across all stages of research. This begins with study design and continues through data acquisition, data analysis, and write-up of results. Trainees design and complete 1 or more research projects under the direction of their mentors and publish the results. They also receive training in grant writing and submission, with the goal of becoming early career independent investigators on completion of the program. Learn More

University of Pennsylvania Neuropsychopharmacology Training Program

The Neuropsychopharmacology Training Program is a postdoctoral and predoctoral training program that provides interdisciplinary training in areas related to the biological basis and treatment of neuropsychiatric disorders. In addition to advanced research training in outstanding laboratories, Ph.D. postdoctoral trainees develop a greater sensitivity to the importance of clinical care issues by exposure to medical conferences, physician trainees, and patients (through structured clinical rotations). M.D. postdoctoral trainees are provided with laboratory-based research experience for building research careers in academic medicine. All of the trainees receive didactic exposure to different fields through our Colloquia Series and specialty clubs, formalized courses, research retreats, training in research ethics, and training in occupational hazards. The Neuropsychopharmacology Training Program is supported by more than 30 basic and clinical research faculty across the University, including faculty from the Center for Neurobiology and Behavior in the Department of Psychiatry. Learn More

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center’s Department of Psychiatry Clinical Fellowships

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center’s Department of Psychiatry offers fellowships in 5 areas: Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship; Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship; Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship; Psychosomatic Medicine Fellowship; and Public Psychiatry Fellowship. Learn More

Yale University Biological Sciences Training Program

The mission is to train post-doctoral fellows in biological and behavioral neurosciences relevant to mental illness and health; to help fill a nationally recognized need of increasing the number of research psychiatrists with a grounding in basic biological sciences; to develop the interest of basic scientists in clinical problems as well as interdisciplinary aspects of their own basic research; and to promote cross-fertilization between basic researchers and individuals with clinical experience/expertise. Psychiatrists, generally after completing 2 or 3 years of clinical residency training, are eligible. Trainees work with any Department of Psychiatry Faculty mentor pursuing research and/or other academic activities consistent with the program’s patient-oriented research mission. Learn More


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