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Byrd Alzheimer’s Center and Research Institute

USF Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Center and Research Institute

Dorothy Benjamin Graduate Fellowship in Alzheimer's Disease Research 

About the Fellowship

The Dorothy Benjamin Fellowship is a  program based on the Dorothy Benjamin Endowment for Alzheimer’s Research, sponsored by the USF Health Neuroscience Institute, Byrd Alzheimer’s Center. This fellowship will provide funding for talented Ph.D. students researching the area of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias(ADRD).



  1. Student must be enrolled in the USF Ph.D. program in Integrated Biomedical Sciences, in good academic standing, and must have passed the Comprehensive Qualifying Exam (CQE) by the application deadline..
  2. Student’s research must be directly pertinent to Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, such as Frontotemporal dementia or Lewy body dementia.


Award Specifics

The top 2 candidates will be awarded a $12,000/year fellowship, distributed according to Ph.D. program guidelines and established award parameters. It is encouraged that part of the funds is used for travel to attend the BrightFocus Alzheimer’s Fast Track workshop or an equivalent training program. The Duration is 1 year, with no possibility of extension. Funding will begin in August at the time of annual reappointment.



Application Process

By major professor nomination (only 1 applicant per lab).The applicants must submit the following:

  1.  A letter of recommendation from your major professor;
  2. 2-page description of the research project;
  3. CV or biosketch. 

Send nomination and application by June 15, 2022 to Christine Tam.