The application period is now closed. Applicants will be contacted at a later date once the adjudication committee has met.

The Alzheimer Society Graduate Student Fellowships, Centre on Aging student awards, and University of Manitoba Retirees Association Scholarship are three separate applications. Graduate Students who intend to apply for all three awards must complete THREE separate application forms.

They are offered to encourage graduate student interest in research in the area of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Specifically:

  • To enhance knowledge about the cause, treatment, cure and effects of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias in the biomedical and psychosocial domains.
  • To increase knowledge about the care of people with dementia by formal and informal caregivers.
  • To encourage graduate student interest in Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
  • To stimulate graduate student research activity in Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

Each year, two fellowships will be offered to a graduate student who:

  • is enrolled full-time in the Faculty of Graduate Studies, in either the first or second year of a Master’s program, or is within the first four years of a doctoral program, and whose research focuses on Alzheimer disease and related dementias in Universities in Manitoba;
  • has achieved a minimum grade point average of 3.5 based on the previous 60 credit hours (or equivalent) of study;
  • has demonstrated outstanding interest or commitment to research in Alzheimer disease and related dementias.

Awards eligibility

Full-time Master’s students, post-graduate medical program (medical residents electing to take a year off from residency to pursue full-time research), and PhD students attending universities in Manitoba.

To be eligible to apply for any of the awards tenable in the 2024–2025 academic year, students must intend to register full time in the upcoming year (for the Fall and Winter terms).

Aging terminology

The Centre on Aging expects the use of appropriate and respectful language when describing older adults. Refer to the Gerontological Society of America's (GSA) "Reframing Aging journal manuscript guidelines" as outlined on their Web site.

How to apply

  1. Download the Alzheimer application form and reference cover form. Graduate students should download and complete the following:
    • Alzheimer Society Graduate Student Fellowship application form 2024–2025
    • For this year's awards, a cover letter is not required. Instead, provide the Reference letter guidelines for student awards to your Advisor and Faculty reference. This document outlines key points your references needs to include in their letter of reference.
  1. Applicants will be required to submit:
    • a description of the proposed research and a statement of its practical applicability and relevance to Alzheimer disease and related dementias,
    • information on their educational background and research experience,
    • two letters of reference, one from the graduate advisor and one from another faculty member familiar with the student’s research work. Both letters must be forwarded by the referees, directly to the Centre on Aging, c/o Nicole Dunn, Associate Director, and
    • provide e-copy of transcripts from all post-secondary institutions you have attended by the deadline.

All academic transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended must be received by the deadline. This includes any international institutions. Applicants can provide e-copy official or *unofficial transcripts in any of the following ways:

  • Transcripts emailed directly from the academic institution to Nicole Dunn. UM transcripts can be ordered through Aurora. Select ‘Centre on Aging, University of Manitoba’.
  • Transcripts emailed to the applicant from the academic institution, and then forwarded to Nicole Dunn (include the original email from the academic institution in the forwarded email).
  • Hard copy transcripts uploaded by the applicant and emailed to Nicole Dunn. Retain the paper copy of any uploaded transcripts, as you may be asked to provide it for verification purposes. 
  • An *unofficial transcript may be submitted for UM transcripts by following these instructions:
  1. If you have questions about the application process, review the Centre on Aging Frequently Asked Questions first. We also recommend reviewing Tips for writing a successful application. Any other inquiries about the Centre's student awards can be directed to Nicole Dunn.
  2. Complete the application package in full and return it electronically to Nicole Dunn by 4 p.m. on or before the deadline.

    It is the student's responsibility to ensure that the letters of reference are sent and received by the Centre on Aging on or before the deadline.

  3. All Alzheimer Society Graduate Fellowship applicants will be contacted by the Centre on Aging once the Scholarship Adjudication Committee has convened and made their decision based on the Criteria for adjudication.

For more information about the Fellowships, visit the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba website.

Conditions for Alzheimer Fellowship award recipients

  • The recipient of the fellowship will be required to submit a progress report by the designated deadline date following the receipt of the award.
  • The recipient will also be asked to submit a copy of the thesis/dissertation when complete, acknowledging financial support.
  • The award may not be held more than once during a specific degree program. The stage in career will be taken into account and students will be ranked according to academic record, research project, research experience, publications and presentations, and letters of support.
  • The Director of the Centre on Aging will name the selection committee for this award.

The Centre on Aging adjudicates the Alzheimer Society Graduate Student Fellowships only. Student funding will be distributed by the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba.

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