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 delighted to announce our fifth INTERDEM Academy 3-day Masterclass in collaboration with INDUCT ( time taking place at Kings Cross London, UK. Members of INTERDEM Academy will be very welcome to participate in this Masterclass from Wednesday the 15th of May until Friday the 17th of May 2019. This school provides you with a selection of topics related to dementia and a focus on skills and career development for late-stage PhD’s and early post-docs.

The aims of the INTERDEM Academy Masterclasses are twofold:

  • Firstly, we seek to broaden the scope of our early-stage researchers by enhancing their understanding of the complexities in research directed towards people with dementia and by applying this knowledge to reflect on their own research projects.
  • Secondly, we would like to provide our Academy researchers with the opportunity to get acquainted with their junior and senior colleagues within both the INTERDEM as well as the Academy networks, in order to set the basis for future collaborations across Europe.


Please find here the program for the 3-day Masterclass. This Masterclass will provide you with a selection of topics related to career and skill development (green), methodology (blue) and dementia care (yellow). The program is still subject to minor changes – a more detailed course book including information on how to prepare will be circulated later.

Registration fee and instructions

INTERDEM Academy registration fee €300

 The registration fee includes admission to the event, coffee / tea, and lunch. It does not include travel, accommodation or dinner (own expense).

You can sign-up by sending an email to, including the following information:

  • Title
  • First name
  • Surname
  • Gender
  • Position
  • Affiliation
  • Work address
  • ZIP code
  • City
  • Country
  • Dietary requirements
  • Other requirements (e.g., accessibility)

We will check your membership, and send you more information about payment and travel/accommodation suggestions. Please note that at this point your registration is preliminary and only valid after payment has been received. Registrations exceeding our limit will be put on a waiting list.
Venue details:


8 All Saints Street


N1 9RL


Early-stage researchers outside of the Academy are also very welcome – but please note that PhD students and post-docs attached to the Academy will have priority for a place. In view of limited space, 10 places are available, in order of registration.

We are looking forward to welcoming you in London.


Kind regards, also on behalf of the rest of the organization team,

Fania Dassen, Training Manager INTERDEM Academy and INDUCT

Previous Interdem Academy Masterclass