Application Merit Review Criteria
Applications will be reviewed by a panel of disciplinary and interdisciplinary scientists and other professional experts in graduate education. Each application will be reviewed independently on the basis of intellectual merit and broad impact using all available information in the completed application. Applicants should address each criterion in their personal statement to provide reviewers with the information necessary to respond fully to both.
The following guidance is provided to interpret these requirements in the context of the Alicia and YaYa Global Fellowship in Aging Research Program.
The intellectual merit criterion includes demonstrated intellectual ability and other accepted requisites for scholarly scientific study, such as the ability to:
- Plan and conduct research
- Work as a member of a team as well as independently
- Interpret and communicate research findings
Panelists will consider:
- Strength of the academic record
- Proposed plan of research
- Description of previous research experience, references, and the appropriateness of the area of aging research interest with the host institution
The broader impact criterion includes contributions that:
- Effectively integrate research and training, infuse learning with the excitement of discovery, and assure that the findings and methods of research are communicated in a broad context and to a large audience
- Encourage diversity, broaden opportunities, and enable the participation of all citizens - women and men, underrepresented minorities, and persons with disabilities - in science and research
- Enhance scientific and technical understanding
- Benefit society.
Applicants may provide characteristics of their background, including personal, professional, and educational experiences, to indicate their potential to fulfill the broader impacts criterion.