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DIBS Accepting Apps for Wrenn Fellowship in Alzheimer's

Duke PhD students eligible to apply

The Duke Institute for Brain Sciences invites Duke Ph.D. students to apply for the Wrenn Fellowship in Alzheimer’s Disease. One three-year fellowship in the amount of $40,000 per year will be awarded.

About the Fellowship

The fellowship is made possible through the generosity of the Wrenn Trust, named for Duke alumna Karen L. Wrenn, who died of Alzheimer’s Disease. This will be the second three-year Wrenn Fellowship awarded; the inaugural Wrenn Fellowship was awarded to Yixin Ma, PhD, in 2017. Click HERE [EDIT: event page no longer exists] to see the announcement.


Applicants must be matriculated Duke Ph.D. students who have completed their graduate coursework and are actively working on an innovative research program focused on the diagnosis, pathophysiology, or therapeutics of Alzheimer’s Disease. The awardee will be named a Wrenn Fellow and will be asked to provide an annual research report and to attend periodic meetings with the donor to provide updates. 

Deadline to Apply: March 1, 2019, 5 p.m. ET

To apply for the Wrenn Fellowship, please submit the following materials by Friday, March 1, 2019, at 5 p.m. ET, to Nicole Schramm-Sapyta, PhD, DIBS Chief Operating Officer, at

  • An updated curriculum vitae
  • Official Duke transcript
  • 1-2 page research summary
  • Letter of support from the student’s graduate mentor 

Applications will be reviewed by a panel composed of Duke graduate faculty in the brain sciences, as well as faculty from the Alzheimer’s research community within Duke. The new Wrenn Fellow will be announced this summer.


Questions about the award should be directed to Dr. Schramm-Sapyta,