George and Beatrice Fisher Gerontology Dissertation Prize

George and Beatrice Fisher Gerontology Dissertation Prize

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This annual award recognizes doctoral dissertations that best advance the study and understanding of issues that surround the process of aging and elderly populations. The $1000 prize may be awarded in any discipline or field.

This area of interest is broad and could include research not directly conducted on elderly populations that could be applied to the treatment of diseases associated with the process of aging. Some examples include disease progression in animals or the development of potential pharmacological treatments that could enhance quality of life/longevity in elderly populations. Oral history projects centered on the experiences of elderly adults are also welcome. Both qualitative and quantitative research modalities are welcome.


Applications for this current award cycle are due April 12, 2019, no later than 5 p.m.


Access the online application here: George and Beatrice Fisher Gerontology Dissertation Prize application

Eligibility Requirements

  • Candidates must be in good academic standing.
  • Candidates must be currently enrolled in Doctoral Dissertation 7300.

Letter of Support

A Letter of Support must be submitted by the student's advisor or the department/graduate program advisor or the department chair using the following link by April 12, 2019