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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. Students must be enrolled in the USF Ph.D. program in Integrated Biomedical Sciences, in good academic standing, and must have scheduled the Comprehensive Qualifying Exam (CQE) by the application deadline and passed it by the time the award starts in August.
  2. Student’s research must be directly pertinent to Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, such as Frontotemporal dementia or Lewy body dementia.
  3. Students who have or receive an NIH F31 within this award period will not qualify for the travel reimbursement (note - this policy will allow another deserving student the opportunity to attend a training program or conference).

Award Specifics

The top 2 candidates will be awarded a $10,000/year fellowship, distributed according to Ph.D. program guidelines and established award parameters as salary/fringe coverage. An additional $2,000 in travel reimbursements will be made available to attend an ADRD-related conference or workshop (such as the BrightFocus Alzheimer’s Fast Track and the SFN meeting). The Duration of this award is 1 year, with no possibility of extension. Funding will begin in August at the time of annual reappointment.


Application Deadline – Friday, June 14, 2024


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 to Katherine Vargas.