Research Opportunities

FISCAL YEAR 2017-2018

The American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) was found in 1961 to Ease the Burden - Find the Cure through research, as well as patient and caregiver support and education. It is the nation's largest, grassroots Parkinson's organization operating through a network of Chapters, I&R Centers, and support groups.

APDA has participated in the funding of most PD scientific discoveries. In addition to supporting eight centers for advanced research located in major academic and medical centers across the country, individual research grants and fellowships are awarded annually for promising research by experienced and young scientists. A prominent panel of the country's most outstanding neurologists and scientists reviews all research applications and recommends funding of the more promising ones.

George C. Cotzias, MD, Memorial Fellowships

George C. Cotzias, MD was a pathfinder in the pharmacologic exploration of brain functions and in the treatment of Parkinson's disease with levodopa. His work stimulated much of the current interest and research on neurological movement disorders. The American Parkinson Disease Association has established the Cotzias fellowship, in honor of his memory, to stimulate neurologists to follow his leadership. The goal of the Cotzias fellowship is to assist promising young neurologists in establishing careers in research, teaching and clinical services relevant to the problems, causes, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of Parkinson's disease and related neurological movement disorders. This is a fellowship of $80,000 per year for three years, not renewable (Deadline 03/11/2017). Click here for more details...

Research Grants

Research grants are intended and available to investigators affiliated with and performing Parkinson's disease research at major academic institutions across the United States. This is a grant of $50,000 per year for one year, renewable.(Deadline 03/11/2017) Click here for more details...

Post-Doctoral Fellowships

Post-Doctoral fellowships are awarded to support post-doctoral scientists whose research holds promise to provide new insights into the pathophysiology, etiology and treatment of Parkinson's disease. This is a fellowship of $35,000 per year for one year.(Deadline 03/11/2017) Click here for more details....

Medical Students Summer Fellowships

In 2015, APDA and the Parkinson's Disease Foundation (PFD) partnered to expand their existing Summer Student Fellowships Programs, which supports students – from advanced undergraduates to medical students – in their pursuit of Parkinson's-related summer research projects. The goal of the APDA-PDF Summer Student Fellowships is to cultivate students' early interest in helping to solve, treat and end Parkinson's and providing the tools they need to transition into leaders in the field. Click here for more details...

Rules and Regulations

The funding of all fellowships, research grants, including the Cotzias will be limited to scientists affiliated with institutions located within the United States, independent from the nationality of the applicants. Only applicants for Cotzias Fellowships have to be US Citizens or permanent residents. All applications will be reviewed by the APDA Scientific Advisory Board and its recommendations submitted for consideration by the APDA Executive Committee.

For further information please contact Heather Gray at 800-223-2732 ext. 117 or