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USC Edward R. Roybal Institute on Aging: Postdoctoral Scholars
The USC Roybal Institute offers a one-year Postdoctoral Scholar – Research Associate position with the possibility of renewal for one additional year dependent on job performance. The position does not have a teaching requirement. The postdoctoral position will offer a unique opportunity to participate with a team of interdisciplinary social scientists, develop innovative extramural research projects, and establish a record of peer-reviewed, scientific scholarship. The successful candidate should have earned a PhD, MD, or equivalent advanced degree by the time of appointment or within the last five years in social work, medicine, nursing, psychology, sociology, anthropology, or a related field.
There are no open positions at the USC Roybal Institute at this time. Opportunities will be posted when they become available.
Government Funding Sources
Administration for Community Living (ACL): Funding Opportunities
The ACL, within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is the federal agency responsible for increasing access to community supports, while focusing attention and resources on the unique needs of older Americans and people with disabilities, across the lifespan. Each year, Congress appropriates funds to ACL to support community living through a variety of programs. ACL, in turn, provides the funding to states and local governments, community organizations, colleges and universities, and other organizations who conduct research or provide services and supports for older adults and people with disabilities.
All discretionary grants offered by the 26 federal grant-making agencies can be found here.
National Institute on Aging (NIA): Funding Opportunities
Each of NIA’s four extramural research divisions offers guidance about the scientific focus of their programs, as well as funding opportunities in their specific research areas. Research sponsored by the divisions covers NIA’s focus on a range of research in aging.
Private Foundation Funding Sources
AARP support organizations whose evidence-based interventions can make a direct impact on the low-income 50+ and that align with its’ strategic priorities. The foundation focuses on four interconnected areas where action and legal advocacy will have the greatest impact: hunger, housing, isolation and income.
American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR)
For 30 years, the American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR) has supported the science of healthier aging. AFAR has played a major role in advancing knowledge of aging and mechanisms of age-related disease by providing grants to more than 2,800 talented scientists. Since 1981, AFAR has provided approximately $132 million to more than 2,800 talented investigators and students.
Alzheimer’s Federation of America (AFA)
AFA provides several grant opportunities in order to fulfill its’ mission of providing optimal care to individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related illnesses, and their families. Grants are made to AFA’s nonprofit member organizations.
The Archstone Foundation is a private grantmaking organization, whose mission is to contribute towards the preparation of society in meeting the needs of an aging population. After two decades of operation and over 800 grants, the foundation’s grantmaking commitment has surpassed the initial endowment with over $73 million in grants awarded.
The Eisner Foundation exclusively supports organizations in Los Angeles County, preferring to utilize their funding for intergenerational solutions, where both low-income children and older adults benefit simultaneously. The Eisner foundation funds programs that unite multiple generations for positive results.
John A. Hartford Foundation
Seeking Triple Aim results, The John A. Hartford Foundation is committed to better care for older adults that both drives better health outcomes and lowers overall costs. In a rapidly evolving health care environment, the Foundation supports the spread of evidence-based models that can dramatically accelerate care improvement for older people, which benefits all of us. Current priority areas include: Family caregiving, End-of-life and serious illness care, Age-friendly hospitals/health systems.
The California Wellness Foundation: Improving Oral Health Care for Low-income Adults and Seniors
The California Wellness Foundation offers grants that address the state of oral health care in the U.S. and California. Medicare does not cover dental care, leaving seniors to scramble for access; Medi-Cal’s dental benefits for low-income adults is incomplete and subject to elimination; and the Affordable Care Act does not require dental care for adults to be offered as an essential health benefit. Cal Wellness seeks to address the well-documented gaps in access to, coverage for, and quality of, oral health care for low-income adults and seniors.
The Retirement Research Foundation: Grants
The Retirement Research Foundation, based in Chicago, is devoted exclusively to improving the quality of life for our nation’s older adults, especially those who are vulnerable due to advanced age, economic disadvantage, or disparity related to race and ethnicity. Endowed in 1978 by the late John D. MacArthur, the foundation has since awarded grants totaling nearly $200 million.
The SCAN Foundation
The SCAN Foundation is an independent public charity devoted to transforming care for older adults in ways that preserve dignity and encourage independence.
Fellowships in Aging
The American Geriatrics Society: Annual Meeting Awards
Founded in 1942, the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) is a nationwide, not-for-profit society of geriatrics healthcare professionals dedicated to improving the health, independence, and quality of life of older people. Our nearly 6,000 members include geriatricians, geriatric nurses, social workers, family practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists, and internists. AGS provides leadership to healthcare professionals, policymakers, and the public by implementing and advocating for programs in patient care, research, professional and public education, and public policy.
The Center for Retirement Research at Boston College: Annual Dissertation Fellowship Program
The Center for Retirement Research at Boston College sponsors the annual Dissertation Fellowship Program in the field of retirement income research. The program is funded by the U.S. Social Security Administration and provides funding opportunities for doctoral candidates to pursue cutting-edge research on retirement issues. Priority areas include Social Security, macroeconomic analyses of Social Security, wealth and retirement income, program interactions, international research, and demographic research. Up to five fellowships of $28,000 are awarded to doctoral candidates enrolled in an accredited program at a U.S. university.
Duke Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development: Postdoctoral Research Training Program in Aging
The goal of the postdoctoral research training program is to produce highly skilled research scientists who have the potential for leadership in gerontological research. In the Duke Research Training Program (RTP), much of the training for each fellow is provided by that person’s faculty mentor(s) in a research apprenticeship program.
Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program
The Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program is a unique opportunity for professionals in health and aging to receive the experience and skills necessary to make a positive contribution to the development and implementation of health policies that affect older Americans. The year-long Health and Aging Policy Fellows program residential track allows fellows to participate in the policymaking process on either the Federal or state level as legislative assistants in Congress, professional staff members in executive branch agencies or policy organizations. The non-residential track allows fellows to remain at their home institution but work on a policy project that involves brief placement(s) throughout the year at relevant sites.
RAND Postdoctoral Training Program in the Study of Aging
The RAND Postdoctoral Training Program in the Study of Aging enables outstanding junior scholars in demographic and aging research to sharpen their analytic skills, learn to communicate research results effectively, and advance their research agenda. Housed within RAND Labor and Population, the program blends formal and informal training and extensive collaboration with distinguished researchers in a variety of disciplines. Fellowships are for one year, renewable for a second. Each fellow receives a competitive annual stipend, travel stipend and health insurance.
The Gerontological Society of America (GSA)
GSA fosters collaboration between biologists, health professionals, policymakers, behavioral and social scientists, and other age studies scholars and researchers. GSA believes the intersection of research from diverse areas is the best way to achieve the greatest impact and promote healthy aging. GSA fosters new ideas, recognizes leadership in gerontological teaching and service and salutes both outstanding and potential research through a host of fellowships and awards to its members.
Practice Change Leaders for Aging and Health
Through participation in this fifteen month program, Practice Change Leaders further develops their leadership skills through completing a project aimed at improving care for older adults. With the support of local and national Senior Leaders, Practice Change Leaders will engage in self-directed acquisition of the necessary skills and content expertise to become more effective leaders.