NB: Applications for the current round are due on Tuesday, January 31, 2017.



Faculty Research Fellowships Relating to the Study of Optimal Aging

A University-wide center, the Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center seeks to bring together researchers from across the entire to enable the interdisciplinary study of the biopsychosocial nature of the aging process and its modifiability.

Sponsored by the Center under the direction of Ursula M. Staudinger, Ph.D., these faculty fellowships are open to all junior and senior Columbia University faculty members interested in innovative disciplinary and interdisciplinary research on aging and the lifecourse. Recipients will receive an award of $30,000 per year to support salary and/or research expenses for a total possible maximum of $60,000. The next Columbia Aging Center Faculty Fellowships will be awarded in 2017. The Faculty Fellowships are meant to lay the basis for subsequent larger scale funding efforts.

Successful past projects have explored the role of parathyroid hormone in cognitive decline; how mitochondrial protein quality control proteins can delay muscle deterioration in fruit flies and promote longevity; how hormones produced by bone change muscle function with age; how curiosity contributes to longevity; and how memories are normally stored in the brain. The Center is actively seeking as wide a range of proposals as possible. Guidelines for the current request for proposals may be downloaded here.

As an important part of the fellowship, the Center’s Fellows will come together quarterly to discuss new research and exchange with the Center’s Faculty and visiting scholars. Over the coming years, the Faculty Fellows together with CAC faculty and affiliated faculty will build a rich network of Columbia aging researchers.

To discuss guidelines or for information, please contact our Senior Science & Strategy Officer, Caitlin Hawke c/o [email protected].


The Columbia Aging Center selection committee will favor multi- and inter-disciplinary projects addressing the biopsychosocial nature of the aging process and its positive modifiability or plasticity:
Lifespan psychology has demonstrated that human development is the result of the interactions among three different sources: biology (maturation/senescence), culture (learning), and the individual person (attitudes/decision/action).  This leaves much room for variation within and between individuals – a potential for variation in development that is labeled “plasticity” (e.g., Staudinger, Marsiske & Baltes, 1995).  Plasticity is dependent on the internal and/or external resources available or built by a given person.


  • Qualifications: Applicants must be full-time Columbia University faculty at the rank of Assistant Professor or higher
  • Award Amount: $60,000
  • Duration: 2 years, $30,000 per year*  (*Second year of funding contingent on submission of progress report)
  • Deadline to Apply: Tuesday, January 31, 2017
  • Start Date: Summer 2017
  • Download submission instructions here.
  • To learn more about the our previous cohorts, visit the pages below.