Alzheimer’s Research UK supports BNA Scholars 2022

25th Apr 2022

Alzheimer's Research UK

Alzheimer’s Research UK has announced its support of the British Neuroscience Association's (BNA) Scholars Programme for the next three years. 

The BNA Scholars Programme supports students from underrepresented ethnic groups to thrive in neuroscience, and build a supportive community through networking opportunities, bursaries, and mentorship. Now in its second year (at time of writing), it additionally offers students membership to the BNA and FENS, writing opportunities, and spokesperson roles in the BNA's policy and advocacy work, as well as funding towards conferences. The Programme is open to final year undergraduate, masters or PhD students, as well as research assistants and technicians who self-identify as Black, Asian or minority ethnic and are interested in pursuing a career in neuroscience.

Speaking about their support, Dr Susan Kohlhaas, Director of Research at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said: “Alzheimer’s Research UK is committed to improving equity, diversity, and inclusion within the dementia research workforce.  

“Early career researchers are essential to building a rich and diverse research culture and we are delighted to partner with the BNA to support the BNA Scholars Programme for the next three years. Not only does this initiative provide students with new experience and opportunities, it also helps to unlock talent that will add huge value to the field.

“We hope the Scholars will benefit from the wide range of opportunities we offer in our Early Career Researchers Programme. We look forward to welcoming the Scholars into the Alzheimer’s Research UK Research Network and supporting them in careers that will make breakthroughs possible for people living with dementia.”

BNA President, Rik Henson, also commented: “We are extremely excited to welcome Alzheimer’s Research UK as a Supporter of the BNA Scholars Programme. By working together over these next three years, we'll be able to ensure our Scholars benefit from a range of opportunities and improve the critical issues of equity, diversity and inclusion in neuroscience to make a real difference to people’s lives and society.”

The 2022 cohort of BNA Scholars have recently been announcedClick here for more details about the BNA Scholars Programme and how to apply for 2023.

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