Post-Doctoral Research Fellowships

Post-Doctoral Research Fellowships: Academic Year 2024-2026

Letter of Intent due: Dec 16, 2023.

Invitation for full application: Early February 2024

Full Application due: March 2024

Award details

Two-year fellowship up to a maximum of $50,000 per year will be awarded to post-doctoral (MD, MD/PhD, or PhD) research trainees.

The applicants will receive notification of the decision in June 2024. The APDA grant year runs from September 1st, 2024, to August 31st, 2026.


APDA Post-doc fellowships are intended to support post-doctoral trainees at U.S. research institutions whose research training focuses on new insights into the pathophysiology, etiology, and/or treatment of Parkinson’s disease. Proposals can address research questions anywhere along the pipeline from basic science to rehabilitation-focused projects.


Applicants must have completed their MD, PhD, MD/PhD or clinical residency program within two (2) years of the onset of the proposed award.

Application Process and Proposal

Required information in the Letter of Intent:

  1. Provide an overview of research activities to be carried out. You can upload figures in supplemental materials. (400 words)
  2. Highlight the novelty of the current research as well as the relevance and potential significance of the findings to the PD community (100 words)
  3. Indicate collaborations with other internal or external researchers/organizations. (50 words)
  4. Explain why your institution and your lab are equipped to perform this research (100 words)
  5. Provide a narrative of how the budget will be allocated (% personnel, % equipment, etc.) (50 words)
  6. Citations (unlimited)

In addition, the applicant’s NIH biosketch and the mentor’s NIH biosketch are required.


10% of the total funding ($5,000) can be allocated to indirect costs. This is included in the $50,000.

Funding is not to be used for any of the following items:

  • Travel expenses.
  • Publication costs higher than $1,000.
  • Equipment costs higher than $8,000.

Grant Disbursement

Funds ($50,000 a year) will be awarded as follows, per year:

  • 50% awarded on or about September of each fiscal year; 25% on or about March of each fiscal year and 25% on or about June of each fiscal year
  • Funding is dependent on receipt of acceptable yearly scientific and financial reports.
  • A final scientific and financial report is also required at the end of the second year.

Applications will be posted in the Fall