National Institutes of Health Training Program in Alzheimer's Disease Clinical and Translational Research

The NIH Training Program in Alzheimer’s Disease Clinical and Translational Research (ADCTR) provides interdisciplinary education for predoctoral students spanning the life sciences, chemistry, chemical engineering, biomedical engineering and architecture. The Training Program incorporates an integrated and multidisciplinary platform to train predoctoral students at the interface of architecture, biology, biophysics, biomedical engineering, chemistry and chemical engineering focusing on the quantitative linkages that define this interface and preparing trainees for careers in applied sciences and clinical research.


The Training Program provides funding for nine (6 NIH-supported, 3 Rensselaer-supported) Ph.D. candidates annually. Both the NIH and Rensselaer fellowships cover full tuition and provide a stipend of up to $28,667 annually for two years. Women and minority students as well as students with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply. Eighteen faculty across five departments participate in the program.                                               

What Is NIA?

The National Institute on Aging (NIA) is one of the National Institutes of Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The NIA leads a broad scientific effort to understand the nature of aging and to extend the healthy, active years of life. NIA is the primary Federal agency supporting and conducting Alzheimer's disease research.

Who Can Apply?

  • Must be either a U.S. citizen, noncitizen national or permanent resident of the U.S.
  • Must be a second year Ph.D. student in one of the participating departments at Rensselaer: Architecture, Biological Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical and Biological Engineering, and Chemistry and Chemical Biology.
  • Must have, or select an advisor that is a member of the Training Program faculty.
  • Applicant must demonstrate a strong interest and research potential in Alzheimer's disease and related dementias.
  • Applicant must provide at least two letters of recommendation in support of the fellowship application.

How to Apply

  • Secure faculty recommendations that demonstrate your potential for success at Rensselaer and qualifications for the NIH/RPI Fellowship.
  • Dowload and complete the fellowship application. (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)
  • Submit application materials to the CBIS Administrative Coordinator, Ryan Weaver at

NIH Training Program Contact

Dr. Mariana G. Figueiro, Training Program (T32; NIA) Director
Alzheimer's Disease Clinical and Translational Research
Lighting Research Center
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
110 8th Street, Gurley Building, 3rd Floor
Troy, NY 12180-3590
(518) 687-7142

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