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Release: Jan. 23, 2002

UI Center on Aging establishes interdisciplinary graduate fellowship fund

The University of Iowa Center on Aging, in collaboration with the UI Colleges of Public Health and Nursing, the School of Social Work and the Aging Studies Program, has established an annual, interdisciplinary graduate fellowship fund.

The fund will benefit four incoming or current graduate students seeking to increase their expertise in gerontology through specialized courses, research, practicum and/or independent study. Four $1,000 fellowships will be awarded, each to a graduate student pursuing an aging-related concentration of study in public health, nursing or social work. Graduate students currently enrolled in the Certificate in Aging Studies Program or enrolled by the semester of the award are also eligible for the fellowship.

The awardees are expected to attend regularly scheduled meetings with the other fellows who receive awards the same year. The meetings will allow fellows to learn from each other and faculty about the different disciplines, engage in interdisciplinary learning activities and increase skills needed to collaborate on interdisciplinary teams.

The fellowships will be awarded primarily on the basis of academic merit and may be applied toward fall 2003 educational expenses such as tuition, books, computer fees and conference attendance.

Applications will be reviewed by a scholarship committee composed of UI faculty and staff representing the UI Center on Aging, Colleges of Public Health and Nursing, School of Social Work, and Aging Studies Program.

The deadline for applications is March 3. Awardees will be announced by April 11. For an application or more information, contact Trish Bonica at the UI Center on Aging at (319) 335-7731 or via e-mail at