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2019 MAPP Scholarship

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and other dementias are complex neurological disorders that are expected to shift the socio-demographic trends in the U.S. and beyond, with drastic public health consequences for the global community. There is an urgent need for training the next generation of clinician-scientists who are well-versed to provide culturally sensitive and language appropriate assessments and conduct research with diverse patients with such diseases.


The Multicultural Alzheimer’s Prevention Program (MAPP) is pleased to announce two openings for the MAPP Scholars Program at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) beginning June.

The MAPP Scholars Program is designed to introduce exceptionally-qualified underrepresented and diverse doctoral students to a career in dementia-related clinical research. The program also seeks to enhance their proficiencies in assessing and diagnosing cognitive impairment in diverse individuals, as well as their professional networking opportunities in the field of Alzheimer’s disease prevention.

The program offers Scholars a rich array of activities and support to maximize their experience:

  • Stipend support during the 10-week training program.
  • Lectures and curriculum elements structured to deepen the training and knowledge bases of participants.
  • Mentoring and networking opportunities.


  1. The MAPP Scholars Program provides training and networking opportunities for students who are considered to be underrepresented in medicine (URM). The program follows the definition of URM of the NIH and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).  URM groups may include Latino/ Hispanic (including Brazilian), African-American/Black, American Indian, Native Hawaiian and Alaskan Natives, among others.
  2. The program is open to U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents or foreign nationals. 
  3. Candidates must be enrolled in a Graduate program in psychology or neuroscience. They must also have an interest and background in neuropsychology, clinical neuroscience or a related field.

If an applicant is currently receiving funding from a U.S. federal training or career development grant, please contact the program director for eligibility before applying.

Scholars must live in Boston during the entire duration of the 10-week training program.


Applicants should submit the following materials:

  1. Personal statement of interest (500 words)
  2. Statement of research goals
  3. Official transcripts
  4. 3 letters of recommendation
  5. Curriculum vita

Applicants are chosen based on their academic credentials and the areas of research interest.

Letters of recommendation may be sent directly to Dr. Yakeel T. Quiroz, the Program Director.

Skype interviews will take place in the first two weeks of March. All interviewed applicants will receive an email with the final decision by April.

All inquiries and application materials should be forwarded to:

Yakeel T. Quiroz, PhD
Director, MAPP
Department of Psychiatry
Massachusetts General Hospital
One Bowdoin Square, Suite 701
Boston, MA 02114

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