Now Accepting Applications to our Early Career Investigator Mentorship Program

The Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (MADRC) is pleased to announce openings in its early career investigator mentoring program. This program has two aims. One, providing early career investigators entering the field of dementia research with a broad education about contemporary dementia research. Two, providing early career investigators with mentoring by experienced investigators in developing competitive grant applications. We encourage early career investigators from underrepresented groups in STEM to apply. The program is a two-year program with the following components:

  • An online curriculum about contemporary dementia research to introduce mentees to basic features of dementias.
  • An individually tailored mentoring committee of experienced investigators to assist mentees with preparation of competitive grant applications.
  • Participation in the Career Development Workshop jointly sponsored by the MADRC and the University of Michigan Pepper Center. This workshop takes place in the spring and includes a Mock Study Section and other career development activities.
  • Access to Career Development support provided by the Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research.
  • Mentees receive preferred (not guaranteed) access to MADRC resources, Pilot Grant programs, and travel funds.
  • An anticipated grant of $35,000 to be used for appropriate career development activities. 
    • Use of the $35,000 grant is flexible but must underwrite activities advancing the mentee’s career. For junior faculty, for example, these funds could be used to support additional data analyses or study personnel support. Acquisition of initial data in a promising new project that is a departure from the applicant’s primary line of research is another potential use of these funds. This could include personnel support, method development, equipment purchase, or purchasing imaging or similar services. For senior post-doctoral fellows, these funds could be used similarly or for salary support to defray work on a novel project. Other uses, if justified appropriately, are permissible.  
  • Presentation of research at the annual MADRC symposium and opportunities to present research at national Alzheimer Disease Research Center meetings.

Eligibility Criteria Include:

  • Career commitment to some form of dementia-related research. This covers the whole spectrum of research from social science work to basic biology.
  • Post-doctoral fellow (advanced status; usually after the 2nd or 3rd year) or early career and new investigator status (assistant professor with no R01 or equivalent) from the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, or Wayne State University.
  • Realistic plans to submit a grant application within the next 2 years.

Applicants Should Submit:

  • A concise statement of research interests and career goals, including identification of projected grant application(s). This statement should include a concise description of plans to use the one-time REC grant.
  • CV
  • Letter of reference-support from present primary mentor.

Please send application materials to: Erin Fox at by Friday, May 14, 2021.  

Testimonials from Current Mentees:

The MADRC Research Education Component Early Career Mentoring Program helped me to formalize a team of interdisciplinary mentors from different institutions. The mentoring team were incredibly helpful in providing feedback about grant applications and manuscripts, discussing analytic approaches for new datasets, and sharing opportunities and resources that fit within my career development plan. Additionally, the mentoring program provided regular opportunities to share my work and network with other early career faculty; several new research collaborations arose from these connections.

Annalise Rahman-Filipiak, PhD
Assistant Professor, University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry
REC Mentee, 2019 – 2021

The MADRC REC Program helped me to expand my team of mentors with expertise in Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. It has also provided valuable opportunities to network with and learn from an outstanding group of early career scholars.

Courtney Polenick, PhD
Assistant Professor, University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry
REC Mentee, 2019 – 2021

As a new investigator in the field of neurodegeneration, the MADRC mentor program was essential for getting our disease applications off the ground. The excellent network, formal mentoring component, and opportunity for Pilot funding initiated multiple collaborative projects. I highly encourage early-stage investigators who would benefit at all from mentoring in disease biology, technology, and grantwriting support in neurodegerative research to apply. 

Charlie Fehl, PhD
Assistant Professor, Wayne State University Department of Chemistry
REC Mentee, 2019 – 2021