AZ-TRADD Application


Program Benefits & Expectations

What does AZ-TRADD include:

AZ-TRADD is designed to provide students with a complete research experience; that involves a core set of activities uniquely geared towards building translational skills in the AD realm, including coursework, mentoring specific to translation and data sciences, clinical/industry internships, patient and community interactions, and professional development. Successful completion of the AZ-TRADD training program will also earn students a graduate minor in clinical and translational sciences.

The AZ-TRADD experience is fully supported and all students will receive:

  • Full tuition coverage and a $24,000 stipend.

  • Annual travel budget of $2000.

  • $4000 annual training/research related expense budget.


Students participating in the AZ-TRADD program are expected to (1) complete a translational program of graduate research focused on Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia (2) complete all course work (3) present their work (4) agree to long term follow up (5) complete at least 1 summer-internship (6) complete an individual development plan (7) mentor junior lab members or incoming AZ-TRADD students (8) co-author at least 2 abstracts or manuscripts.

It should be noted that AZ-TRADD is designed as an academic accelerator program, as with Startup accelerators, students should expect to operate in a mission focused and execution driven environment. Students should come prepared with an entrepreneurial and collaborative mindset as the programs goals are both the identification and development of new drugs for Alzheimer’s disease, as well as the development of individuals to be effective members and leaders in team science based environments.

Admission Requirements

Students applying to the AZ-TRADD program are, in general, expected to be in their second year of graduate study and close to advancing to candidacy status*. Student’s graduate course work is expected to have a median GPA of 3.5 or higher. All students must be US  Citizens or Permanent Residents.

*Note variances may be granted for exceptionally qualified students.

To be submitted by Student:

  1. Cover Letter/Statement of Interest (LastName_CoverLetter)

  2. CV - NIH Biosketch Format (LastName_CV)

  3. Unofficial Graduate Transcripts (LastName_Transcripts)

  4. Graduate Program Application Letter (LastName_GraduateApplication)

Student Application Portal

To be submitted by Mentor:

  1. Mentor Support Letter (StudentLastName_MentorLastName_SupportLetter)

  2. Mentor NIH Biosketch (StudentLastName_MentorLastName_Biosketch)

  3. UA Faculty Support Letter (StudentLastName_FacultyLastName_

Mentor Application Portal