Aging-Related Research Training

The University of Arizona and University of Arizona Health Sciences are recruiting for a number of grant-funded, specialized research training positions. We encourage graduate students, post-docs and fellows interested in research related to aging and the health of older adults to reach out to the contacts listed below for more information.

Infection and Inflammation as Drivers of Aging (IIDA) Predoctoral Training Program

This training program seeks to provide unique opportunities for training of the next generation of diverse scientists to advance our understanding of the biological basis of aging processes and develop strategies to enhance resilience and health span.  All interested PhD students starting their 3rd or 4th year of training and working on aging-relevant projects are encouraged to apply for the grant. The next deadline will be announced in early summer, 2023.

The application requires: 

  • Applicant’s CV
  • Applicant’s personal statement of aging research interest and direction; including accomplishments to date such as publications, conference presentations, awards (1-page limit).  For current T32 trainees reapplying, the personal statement should describe accomplishments while supported by the T32 and goals for an additional year of support. 
  • Faculty advisor’s NIH bio sketch

New applicants will need to request a statement from their advisor detailing the applicant’s strengths and weaknesses (1 page limit). The applicant may provide the following link to the advisor to upload the statement:

Further, new applicants will also need to request a reference letter from one UArizona faculty member other than their faculty advisor. The applicant may provide the following link to the faculty member to upload the letter:

Current T32 trainees applying for an additional year of support are not required to request or submit the above letters from the advisor or additional faculty member, as these are not required for the second year of funding.

If you have any questions regarding your application, please contact Felicia Goodrum at

Training Grants in Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias

The Center for Innovation in Brain Science (CIBS) has developed several meaningful, high-impact training and educational programs.

Led by Dr. Roberta Diaz Brinton and funded by an initial, five-year T32 grant from the NIH, the Translational Research in Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (AZ – TRADD) is designed to respond to the challenge that faces current models of graduate education to develop a workforce with the scientific, data science, clinical, translational, and interpersonal competencies necessary to advance drug development for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias in the 21st century.

With an NIH funded R25 grant, the Undergraduate Readying for Burgeoning Research for American Indian Neuroscientists (URBRAIN), Dr. Kathleen Rodgers has developed a cooperative training program to create a pipeline of Navajo students to advance from Diné College to neuroscience programs at top-tier research universities (UArizona ranked Top 20 US Public Research Institution*) creating a model of culturally grounded STEM education, bolstering cultural diversity within the NIH workforce and helping to address Native American health disparities. UrBrain Navajo fellows are mentored by NIA TRADD T32 Fellows.

As part of an AD-focused supplement to the R25 grant, CIBS is developing a training program with a directed research component to enable American Indian Alaska Native (AIAN) undergraduates and graduate students to address questions surrounding the optimal medical intervention to prevent, delay or treat Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias.

Arizona Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC) – Research Education Component (REC) is a training program that creates and provides research opportunities and experiences that advance development of future research leaders in areas critical to cures for AD and ADRD. The goal is to enable the next generation of Alzheimer’s and Alzheimer’s Disease Related Dementia (AD/ADRD) research leaders who integrate knowledge and insights across clinical, translational, data and fundamental sciences to advance brain health and interventions to prevent, delay and cure AD and ADRD. This personalized strategy is designed to engage and advance junior faculty and research associates to conduct innovative, integrated AD/ADRD research and address gaps in academic training and spans ethnic and cultural diversity.

These training grants are achieving the mission to 1) engage trainees across multiple scientific disciplines; 2) use problem-based learning approaches to solve challenges in age-associated neurodegenerative therapeutic development with emerging tools and techniques; and 3) provide trainees with career development and leadership skills necessary to conduct team science and manage multidisciplinary teams.

These activities are paired with patient and community events where students listen and learn from those impacted by these diseases to:

  • cultivate both a sense of the greater purpose and impact of the TRADD, URBRAIN and ADRC endeavors
  • develop intuition into potential therapeutic targets to explore during their training/educational experience.

For more information, contact Gloria Bloomer at

The Rheumatology Fellowship Training Program

The Arthritis Center at the University of Arizona offers a Rheumatology Fellowship Training Program.

The program has a long tradition of academic excellence and provides outstanding clinical and research training. The Division of Rheumatology recruits two to three new fellows each year, for a total of five to six in the two-year Fellowship Training Program. We are particularly interested in candidates who intend to pursue an academic research career. For these individuals, a three-year research/physician-scientist track is also available.

The goals of the Rheumatology Fellowship Program are:

  1. To provide the fellow with the knowledge and skills to achieve clinical and procedural excellence in the practice of Rheumatology.
  2. To provide training in diverse clinical settings, thereby allowing the fellow to develop adaptability to function in a variety of future settings (e.g., academia, clinical practice or industry).
  3. To facilitate the development of the fellow’s commitment to lifelong learning.

For more information, contact the Director of the Rheumatology Fellowship Training Program C. Kent Kwoh at or Fellowship Program Coordinator Kim Seales at