OUR KEY PROJECT
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.
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)
- 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.
Application for the fall 2018 INTERDEM Fellowship are now welcome. Please find here more information about our Fellowships, including eligibility criteria, and please find here the application form. Only one application can be granted at this round. The deadline for submission is set on the 18th of November 2018 (23:59PM CET).
We are keen to hear from PhD students and post-docs who would like to receive funding, so please share this message throughout your network. Please send the application to email@example.com.
The experiences of Antonio Garcia, a PhD student from the University of Salamanca who has received an INTERDEM Academy fellowship to visit the research group of Prof Martin Orrell at University College London in 2014, are detailed here. Hanneke Beerens went on an exchange between Maastricht University and the School of Dementia at Bradford University in 2015 to work with the group of Prof Murna Downs, and you can read all about it here.
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.
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.