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Contest / ScholarshipAmerican Foundation for Aging Research: Cecille Gould Undergraduate Award
Description:Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible for the Cecille Gould which is intended for basic cancer research only, particularly neurological research. Award up to $1,000.

There is no deadline; preapplications are reviewed upon receipt.
Sponsor:American Foundation for Aging Research
Sponsor's Goals:The Foundation was established to promote the health and welfare of the mature individual and to increase knowledge about the biological aspects of aging by encouraging and promoting scientific research and educational opportunities in the field. The Foundation objectives are:

-Foster public understanding, interest, and support of research in the field of aging.

-Stimulate and encourage professional development and preparation for research in the biology of aging.

-Increase communication among all persons, professions, and organizations concerned with aging and provide interdisciplinary forums to this end.
Total # of Prizes:
Low Prize:
Top Prize:$1,000.00
Applies To:
For Residents of:
Other Requirements:Must be enrolled in a degree program in the U.S. Must conduct molecular, cellular or genetic research on cancer, particularly neurological cancer.
Public Contact Information
Name: Jaime Vodvarka
Title: Program Assistant
Organization: American Foundation for Aging Research
Address: North Carolina State University
Biochemistry Department
Campus Box 7622
Raleigh, North Carolina 27695-7622
Phone: 919-515 5679
Fax: 919-515-2047
Country: United States
Supported Components:
Student Research Opportunities and Broadening Access, Student Fellowships, Student Scholarships, Equipment, Laboratory Development
General Fields Supported:
Biology, Chemistry
Specific Fields Supported:
Biochemistry/Structural Biology, Bioengineering, Biotechnology, Cell Biology, Cell Physiology, Genetics, Immunology, Molecular Biology, Neuroscience
Application Process, Initial Contact or Approach:
Online Application (specify URL):
Application Details:
Complete on-line pre-application. If approved we will email you a full application.
Application Deadline(s)?:
Thank you for your interest in the American Foundation for Aging Research (AFAR). This information will help you understand eligibility requirements for a fellowship. Graduate fellowships are up to $2,000 and are renewable depending upon the success of the research. Undergraduate scholarships range between $500.00 and $1,000 and are also renewable depending upon the success of the research.

Initially, students should complete a pre-application. Pre-applications may be completed on this webpage, mailed or e-mailed to our office.

A panel of scientists will review the pre-application. A full application will be sent if the research proposal meets the AFAR criteria. When a completed, full application is received, it will be reviewed.

Awards are granted or denied based on the full application review. Applicants whose pre-applications or full application proposals are not accepted will be notified by mail or e-mail.

Eligibility for pre-application:

Applicants must be undergraduate, graduate, or pre-doctoral students enrolled in degree programs at colleges or universities in the United States. United States citizenship is not required. However, students must be enrolled in a U.S. institution at the time an application is submitted, not planning to enroll. Awards are not granted to those who have already attained an M.D., Ph.D., D.D.S. or D.V.M.

Graduate fellowships are $1000.00 and are renewable depending upon the success of the research. Undergraduate scholarships are $500.00 and also renewable. Applicants must be actively involved in, or planning active involvement in, a specific biomedical or biochemical research project with a faculty member in the field of aging.

Areas of interest to AFAR include but are not limited to:

Molecular and Cellular Biology
Cancer Research
Molecular Biophysics
The individuals most often granted awards utilize modern and innovative approaches and technologies.

Sociology, psychology, and health-professional related research such as physical therapy and exercise physiology are not currently being funded.

There are no deadlines for pre-application or full application submission. Pre-applications are reviewed upon receipt. There is no set number of fellowships awarded each year. The number of financial awards granted depends upon the number of superior research proposals received in addition to the amount of resources available for fellowships. Awards may be renewed once. Renewal awards depend on the demonstration of success toward the goal of the original application.

Full Application Requirements:

When a full application is submitted, the student's advisor must submit a letter of reference. In addition, two other letters of reference from instructors are required. One copy of official undergraduate transcripts must be submitted with the full application. Graduate students must also submit an official transcript from their graduate institution. When an award is granted, the student's institution will receive a check to be used towards tuition and fees. If these expenses have already been paid, the money can be used toward research expenses.

No overhead is granted to the student's institution, nor is the institution authorized to remove processing fees or other fees from the award.

If animal and/or human subject studies are involved, the student's institution must send the Foundation appropriate, signed assurances that federally mandated and accepted practices are being followed before a financial award is made. The paperwork may be submitted with the full application or after the full application has been accepted.

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