Clarence Pearson Fellowship
Clarence Pearson Fellowship

Application Guidelines

Applications for the Fall 2017 fellowship are now being accepted. Deadline is September 8th, 2017.

Clarence Pearson Fellowship in Global Health and Aging


The American Federation for Aging Research welcomes applications from graduate students for the Clarence Pearson Fellowship in Global Health and Aging for Fall 2017.

The fellow will work on a self-directed research project that focuses on aging in a global context.  Interest across a wide range of disciplines including, Public Health, Public Policy, Communications, and Economics, can be nurtured as each fellow will contribute their own findings to the field.



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

Develop a self-directed research project and create strategies to share findings

Network with current and past interns, meet leaders at NYC-based aging and global health organizations, work with experienced mentors

Contribute to the work of an organization that has been advancing biomedical research on aging for 35 years


Project Description

Graduate students are encouraged to apply to the internship with a project idea in mind. 

Sample project topics include:

• Addressing Ageism
• Aging and Economics
• Prevention and Nutrition for an Aging Population
• Emerging Trends and Issues in Aging
• Strategic Marketing on Healthy Aging 

The host organization will help the student shape their project to fit both the organization’s and the student’s needs and interests. 

Students will also be given the opportunity to participate with major projects and events happening at AFAR and with other organizations in the field.



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 and proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel helpful


$5000. Accommodations and travel will not be provided.


AFAR offices, 55 West 39th Street, New York, NY 10018.  Reporting to AFAR Executive Director and Communications Officer


15-20 hours a week for a full semester



Cover letter addressing: 1) how your project can be applied towards improving the health of older people, 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 fine)



Applications for the Fall 2017 fellowship are due September 8, 2017, to Abigail Butcher at  

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.

Contribute to the Pearson Fellowship fund here.



About Clarence E. Pearson