Clarence Pearson Fellowship in Public Health and Aging

Website American Federation for Aging Research

Deadline January 17

Clarence Pearson Fellowship
in Public Health and Aging

Winter-Spring 2020
Focus on Communications and Strategy

Applications due Friday, January 17

The American Federation for Aging Research welcomes applications from master’s degree candidates for the Clarence Pearson Fellowship in Public Health and Aging for Winter-Spring 2020.

The Pearson program was launched by AFAR in 2015 to provide future leaders in public health, communications and related academic fields with exposure to the range of policy, administration, research, and engagement opportunities to better serve the growing older population.

To date, AFAR has hosted nine Pearson Fellows on- and off-site to work on projects such as: analyzing the World Health Organization’s Report on Ageing and Health, auditing existing health education tools, auditing global messaging on healthy aging, analyzing long-term care insurance in China, assisting the International Association of Geriatric and Gerontology conference, supporting the Columbia University Aging Center, strategizing opportunities for aging research and implementation science, and assisting the Global Coalition on Aging Silver Economy Forum.

For Winter-Spring 2020, AFAR seeks a Communications-focused Pearson Fellow.

The Pearson Fellow will assist with the development and distribution of whitepapers and proceedings from a range of international meetings, as well as public education materials based on AFAR-supported research. As AFAR embarks on its 40th anniversary planning, the Pearson Fellow will also have the opportunity to help shape programmatic and cultivation strategies to move the field forward.

Skills required include project management, copyediting, and research. Basic graphic design/layout and social media strategy helpful. A familiarity with health and science would be beneficial.

Hosted at AFAR’s office in Midtown Manhattan, the semester-long experience will last three to four months, working two to three days per week, with potential of extending.

For geographic accessibility, AFAR encourages applications from the Greater New York, East Coast, and Mid-Atlantic regions at this time.

• Student must be either currently enrolled in a graduate program with at least one semester completed or be a recent master’s-level graduate still pursuing further education in a related field
• Must be able to work in a self-directed environment and have a demonstrated interest in age-related issues

• Cover letter that addresses your previous or current academic or community work in aging-related topics and communications, and how this fellowship would support your on-going research interests or course work and future academic or career goals
• Letter of recommendation from an on-site faculty or professional
• CV noting current GPA

• Application due January 17, 2020
• In-person or phone interviews: late January 2020
• Start date: Early February 2020
• End date: April-May 2020

• Up to $2500 based on experience, for one semester
(Housing not provided. AFAR may provide support for travel to related meetings.)

Please send completed application by January 17, 2020 to John Chaich, Director of Communications, AFAR, 55 West 39th, 16th Floor, NY, NY 10018 or

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