Interdem Academy


The INTERDEM Academy is part of the PRIDE project (PRomoting Independence in Dementia), funded by the NIHR/ ESRC (Ref ES/L001802/1WP5). This project aims to identify how social and lifestyle changes may help reduce the risk of developing dementia and disability. PRIDE’s workpackage WP5 is to develop an INTERDEM Academy for the career development and capacity building of researchers in the area of psychosocial interventions and timely diagnosis in people with dementia, and supports the pathway to senior academic posts in the field.

The INTERDEM Academy will enable fellowships for PhD students and postdoc researchers allowing them to spend 3-6 months in another PRIDE/ INTERDEM research centre; a biannual programme for students/researchers of (1) seminars to discuss their work with peers/academics, (2) expert workshops/masterclasses to develop ideas and methodology expertise, (3) academic writing for papers and grants.

Glasgow Masterclass

Organisation, communication and budget

Maastricht University/Alzheimer Center Limburg is the coordinating centre (prof Frans Verhey, associate prof Marjolein de Vugt). The INTERDEM Academy is made possible by financial support from the PRIDE ESRC/NIHR grants, led by prof Martin Orrell. Prof Orrell, together with Dr Aimee Spector (UCL) and prof Esme Moniz-Cook are also member of the organisation team. A postdoc has recently been appointed for support in administration and organization.

Communication took place via email with INTERDEM members. In addition, we envisaged a forum on the INTERDEM website for PhD students of the INTERDEM Academy to facilitate communication and exchange of ideas, experiences on the field of psychosocial research. All centers were contacted after the official start of the INTERDEM Academy in order to collect all email addresses of PhD students.

The total budget is £113000 (€ 138.158)
This includes:

  • Eight researcher traveling fellowships (8 x £3500/ €4279=£28.000, / €34234)
  • Administration support (£45000/ €55018, i.e. 11.000 per year)
  • Development of research capacity (£40000/ € 48905) including the costs of workshops/masterclasses, room hire, conference organisation.
  • Interdem Academy Fellowships

Interdem Academy Fellowships

The INTERDEM Academy enables fellowships young researchers allowing them to attain research experience in another PRIDE/ INTERDEM research center. Talented young researchers from PRIDE and INTERDEM sites who work on a PhD thesis, or who have a PhD degree for maximally three years, can apply.

The INTERDEM Academy fellowship covers expenses for travel and housing for a period of 3-6 months. There are two annual calls to submit applications for travel fellowships.

Applications for the fall 2018 INTERDEM Fellowship are now closed. Applicants will be informed about the outcome as soon as possible. Feel free to contact us at for more information about the fellowship.

Please find here a blog about the experiences of Mollie Price, a PhD student from Leeds Beckett University in England, who received an INTERDEM Academy fellowship in spring 2018 and visited Dr Anne Marie Mork Rokstad and her colleagues at Aldring og helse (Ageing and Health) in Asker, Norway.

Become a new Interdem Academy member

INTERDEM Academy is a network of young researchers exploring psychosocial interventions for dementia under the supervision of INTERDEM members. Membership is free of charge and will enable you to take part in our events, and/or to apply for one of our travel fellowships.

INTERDEM Academy Membership is open to those who:

  • are currently fulfilling a PhD or post-doc position on psychosocial research in dementia
  • are affiliated with or supervised by a recognized INTERDEM member

In exceptional circumstances the coordinators may vary these criteria on an individual basis.

Applications for membership of INTERDEM Academy can be done by filling out and submitting the application form (DOWNLOAD) to the coordinator of INTERDEM Academy – Dr Fania Dassen.

Next Interdem Academy Masterclass

We are working on our next Academy Masterclass.

You can find an overview and the slides of our previous Masterclass “The road to success for high impact writing in psychosocial research – tips and tricks” (30th of October during the 28th Alzheimer Europe conference in Barcelona) here.