Clarence Pearson Fellowship
Clarence Pearson Fellowship

Application Guidelines


Applications for the Fall 2018 fellowship are now being accepted on a rolling basis. Deadline is August 1, 2018.

Clarence Pearson Fellowship in Global Health and Aging: Fall 2018


Special Focus on Communications

The American Federation for Aging Research welcomes applications from graduate students for the Clarence Pearson Fellowship in Global Health and Aging for Fall 2018.

This season, the fellowship will have a special focus on communications and messaging strategies on aging, research, and health.

We especially encourage students in public health, communications, branding, and design to apply.



• Audit the messaging strategies of global aging organizations

• Participate in board-level meetings to refine AFAR’s messaging

• Guide major organizational and comparative communications strategies and research

• Network with leaders in aging and global health organizations

• Work with experienced mentors in communications and public health

• Gain knowledge of scientific, clinical, and social science research in age-related health concerns

• Contribute to the work of an organization that has been promoting healthy aging for more than three decades



• Student must be either currently enrolled in a graduate program with at least one semester completed or be a recent masters-level graduate

• Must be able to work well in a self-directed environment and have a demonstrated interest in age-related issues

• If accepted, the student will secure an academic mentor at their institution who can help guide research

• Both Financial Need and Academic Merit are key criteria

• Previous experience working in nonprofit organization. Proficiency in Microsoft Office. Adobe Creative Suite helpful.

• NYC-or Philadelphia-area residency or study


$5000. Accommodations and travel will not be provided. Travel for related meetings will be supported.


Offices of AFAR in Midtown Manhattan, or SCP Consultants in Greater Philadelphia. Potential travel for meetings.


•15-20 hours a week for a full semester

• Anticipated start date September through December 2018. The fellowship can start as early as late summer 2018 and extend through winter 2019.



Cover letter addressing: 1) your interest and/or experience in messaging strategies and communications on aging, health, or research and 2) how the honorarium will help ease your financial burden, noting an approximation of what percentage of your tuition and academic costs are not currently covered by personal contributions or scholarships/awards

Resume or CV

To address merit, please provide your most recent transcripts. (Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.)



Please send completed application by August 1, 2018, to AFAR, 55 West 39th, 16th Floor, NY, NY 10018 or email  For further information, please contact John Chaich at or 212.703.9977.


Clarence Pearson dedicated his career to building relationships across the public, private, and nonprofit sectors in order to raise awareness about the impact of the growing aging population worldwide.

Learn more about Clarence E. Pearson’s influential career and inspiring character in this interview.

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About Clarence E. Pearson