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Our collaborative partnerships support top clinician-scientist training, patient-oriented Parkinson’s disease (PD) research and medical student PD studies. Apply now.

Parkinson’s Foundation-ABF Clinical Research Training Fellowship Program Overview

In 2007 the Parkinson’s Foundation and the American Brain Foundation (ABF) began a collaboration to support our mutual interest in training outstanding clinician-scientists in the Parkinson’s field. 

Successful Parkinson’s Foundation-ABF Clinical Research Training Fellowship applicants receive a two-year award consisting of a $65,000 annual salary plus $10,000 in educational and research-related expenses per year. The award aims to recognize the importance of good clinical research and encourage young investigators in clinical studies.

Eligibility & Restrictions:

  • Applicant must be an American Academy of Neurology member interested in an academic career in research, and have completed residency or a post-doctoral fellowship (for a Ph.D.) within the past five years of the start date of the award.
  • Priority will be given to those early in their research careers.
  • Applicants must define research as “patient-oriented research conducted with human subjects, or translational research specifically designed to develop treatments or enhance diagnosis of neurological disease. These areas of research include epidemiologic or behavioral studies, clinical trials, studies of disease mechanisms, the development of new technologies and health services and outcomes research.” We also encourage disease-related studies not directly involving humans or human tissue if the primary goal is the development of therapies, diagnostic tests or other tools to prevent or mitigate neurological diseases.
  • Award supplementation is permitted with other grants or by the fellowship institution, but fellows may not accept other fellowships, similar awards or have another source of support for more than 50 percent of their research salary during the first year of the fellowship. If fellows obtain similar awards after completion of the first year of the fellowship, they are required to submit a revised budget for review or may need to forfeit the rest of the award.
  • Award only funds direct costs.

Parkinson’s Foundation-PSG Mentored Clinical Research Award Program Overview

A grant from the Parkinson’s Foundation to the Parkinson Study Group funds the Mentored Clinical Research Award for new investigators. The grant supports new investigators for a one-year project in patient-oriented research in Parkinson’s or other parkinsonian disorders under the mentorship of an experienced investigator. Funding an investigator with the potential to become an independent researcher is the award goal.

We anticipate an award of $50,000 for the current application period. This award only funds direct costs.

Eligibility & Restrictions

  • Applicants for the Mentored Clinical Research Award should be clinicians and scientists who are within five years of having completed formal training.
  • Fellows may apply. If during formal training unusual circumstances occur delaying completion, “time out” periods will be allowed. Please explain these in the application cover letter.
  • Applicants must name a mentor with extensive research experience.
  • Either the applicant or the mentor must be a member of the Parkinson Study Group. The applicant may have co-mentors.

Parkinson’s Foundation-HHMI Medical Fellows Initiative Program Overview

This year-long Medical Fellows initiative is a collaborative partnership between the Parkinson’s Foundation and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). The HHMI Medical Fellows Program enables medical students to immerse themselves in a basic, translational or applied biomedical research project for one year.

The Parkinson’s Foundation will support up to one student in the program per year to engage in full-time Parkinson’s research, conducted under the mentorship of an experienced investigator. The program goal is to help medical students determine how to incorporate research into their professional careers before committing to graduate or residency programs. Throughout their research year, medical fellows will have opportunities to meet their peers and biomedical investigators in their fields and to attend scientific conferences and events. The $43,000 award includes a stipend of $32,000 and allowances for the student’s health insurance, relocation (if applicable), scientific conference travel and other enrichment activities.

Eligibility & Restrictions

  • Applicants for the Medical Fellows Program must be enrolled in good standing at a U.S. medical school.
  • Applicants must name a mentor with extensive research and training experience and work with the mentor to develop a research proposal.
  • Applicants may choose their own mentor at any U.S. academic or nonprofit research institution (excluding the National Institutes of Health) or abroad, provided the mentor is an affiliate of a U.S. fellowship institution.
  • Mentor choice and the research project proposal are key components of the application. We encourage, but don’t require, working with a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) investigator, early career scientist, or HHMI professor.
  • Students cannot enroll in a combined medical, dental or veterinary/Ph.D. program (e.g., M.D./Ph.D.) or Ph.D., or Sc.D. program, or have a Ph.D. or Sc.D. in a laboratory-based biological science.

Learn more about grant deadlines.

How to Apply

Please only submit one application - applicants are not allowed to submit applications for more than one award. Your application may be considered for another category at the discretion of the review committee, however, the system will only allow one application per person. Visit Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

Important Dates

  • October 1, 2018: Application deadline – Note that this is the deadline for all documents, including those from the reference, mentor, and chair. Applications will be declined if this information is not submitted by October 1.
  • January 2019: Notification of recipients
  • July 1, 2019: Funding begins

Eligibility

  1. For the purpose of this scholarship, research is defined as “patient-oriented research conducted with human subjects, or translational research specifically designed to develop treatments or enhance diagnosis of neurologic disease. These areas of research include epidemiologic or behavioral studies, clinical trials, studies of disease mechanisms, the development of new technologies, and health services and outcomes research.” Disease-related studies not directly involving humans or human tissue are also encouraged if the primary goal is the development of therapies, diagnostic tests, or other tools to prevent or mitigate neurological diseases.
  2. Recipient must be an AAN member interested in an academic career in neurological research who has completed residency or a PhD no more than 5 years prior to the beginning of this award (July 1, 2019). If you have completed both residency and a PhD, your eligibility is based on when you completed residency. If you completed a fellowship of any kind after residency, your eligibility is still based on the date you finished residency.

Evaluation And Selection

Applications are evaluated by reviewers based on the following criteria: • Applicant’s ability and promise as a clinician-scientist based on prior record of achievement and career plan, letters of reference, and NIH Biosketch (30 percent) • Quality and nature of the training to be provided and the institutional, departmental, and mentor-specific training environment (30 percent) • Quality and originality of the research plan (40 percent)

Required Attachments For Application

  1. PDF of Three-page Research Plan, including brief statements of aims, background, contemplated approaches to methodology and any supporting preliminary data/figures. References do not count toward the page limit. The research plan should be written by the applicant and should represent his/her original work. However, the applicant is expected and encouraged to develop this plan based on discussion with the proposed mentor. It is appropriate, but not required, for the proposed work to be specifically related to the mentor’s ongoing research.
  2. PDF of Applicant’s NIH Biosketch. See this link for the most recent NIH biosketch template Once the above information is fully completed and submitted by the applicant:
  3. The chair will receive an email with a link asking them to check a box confirming that the applicant’s clinical service responsibilities will be restricted to no more than 20 percent of your time. The chair will NOT be asked to submit a letter. 4. Two references, identified by applicant, will receive an email with a link to submit.
  4. Two references, identified by applicant, will receive an email with a link to submit a letter of reference supporting the applicant’s potential for a clinical, academic research career and qualifications for the scholarship.
  5. The mentor will receive an email with a link to submit a letter of reference detailing his or her support of and commitment to the applicant and the proposed research and training plan. The letter should specifically indicate the mentor’s role in the development and preparation of the applicant’s research plan and should include:
    1. How the proposed research fits into the mentor’s research program
    2. Expertise and experience in the area of research proposed and the nature of the mentor’s proposed time commitment to the supervision and training of the applicant
    3. Mentor’s prior experience in the supervision, training, and successful mentoring of clinician scientists
    4. Potential for applicant’s future research career and comparison of applicant among other residents
  6. The mentor will also be required to upload a NIH biosketch.
  7. Applications will not be processed or reviewed until the letters of recommendation are submitted. The applicant will receive an email confirmation upon receipt of each support letter. To send a reminder email to the letter writer, log back into the application and select "Re-send Recommendation Request" located in the Support Information section of the application.

Contact Information:

Kristin Roehl, Grants Program Manager
Phone: (612) 928-6082
Email: kroehl@aan.com

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