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 Institute. This fellowship will provide funding for talented PhD students researching in the area of Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders (ADRD).



  1. Student must be enrolled in the USF PhD program in Integrated Biomedical Sciences, in good academic standing, and must have passed the Comprehensive Qualifying Exam (CQE).
  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 $12,000/yr fellowship, which may be supplemented with departmental stipend. It is encouraged that part of the funds be used for travel to attend the BrightFocus Alzheimer’s Fast Track workshop or an equivalent training program.  Duration is 1 year, with a possible extension for a maximum duration of 2 years.


Application Process

By major professor nomination (only 1 applicant per lab).

Submit the following:

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

Send nomination and application by September 30, 2020 to Christine Tam. Funding will begin January 1, 2021.