Scientists are making inroads because thousands of people with Parkinson’s and their family members have donated their brains to science, including to PDF-supported programs at Columbia University Medical Center and Rush University Medical Center.
PDF Grant Programs
Are you interested in furthering Parkinson's science? View PDF's open grant programs.
Fellowship & Career Development Grants
The Parkinson's Disease Foundation (PDF) offers mentored fellowships, training opportunities and career development awards to generate interest in Parkinson’s research and patient care among basic scientists and clinicians and to encourage these young scientists and clinicians to devote their talents to the study of Parkinson’s. PDF offers six fellowships - four through its own programs and two others through collaborations with other organizations.
PDF Sponsored Fellowships
PDF grants one-year Postdoctoral Fellowships for Basic Scientists to young scientists, fresh from their Ph.D. training, to study the cause(s) of and cure for Parkinson’s at major research institutions. For young clinicians who have completed their neurology residency and are seeking clinical research experience, PDF offers the Postdoctoral Fellowships for Neurologists.
PDf also offers Summer Fellowships for advanced undergraduates and graduate and medical students.
PDF Co-Sponsored Fellowships
Three additional mentorship initiatives that are funded by PDF are competitive fellowships administered by other organizations. The Parkinson Study Group (PSG) administers the Mentored Clinical Research Award and the American Brain Foundation administers the PDF-ABF Clinician-Scientist Development Award. The PDF-HHMI Year-Long Medical Fellows Initiative is a collaborative partnership between PDF and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI).