BMBH Conference

The Black Men's Brain Health (BMBH) Conference during Super Bowl week aims to convene scientists and community leaders to increase the representation of Black men in brain science research and to reduce brain health disparities among Black men.

A key aim of this first-ever conference series is to cultivate a culturally competent workforce committed to addressing Black men’s brain health, cognitive aging, and Alzheimer’s Disease/Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementia (AD/ADRD) research. This research fellowship program is a signature component of this Conference.

BMBH Fellowship Program

Qualified applicants are invited to apply to participate in the inaugural cohort of the BMBH Fellowship Program. The BMBH fellowship program will support a group of early and mid-career investigators examining brain aging among Black men.


Fellowship awardees will receive opportunities to expand their research trajectories, connect with leading national scholars, and engage with local community organizations. Another key aspect of the BMBH Conference is to initiate a research registry for Black men's brain health.


Each emerging scholar will be expected to utilize community-based research methods to recruit at least 10 registry participants during their 18-month involvement with the program.

❖ Networking with Brain Health Experts and Representatives from Community Organizations

❖Professional Development & Cohort Building

❖Travel Support

Demonstrated interest in expanding research to health disparities paradigms and Black men’s participation in brain health science

Available to participate in the virtual professional development workshops

Available to attend 2022 and 2023 BMBH Conferences, which will be held 3-5 days prior to the Super Bowl


Early Career Scientists

Full-time doctoral candidate, postdoctoral fellow or early-career faculty member within 10 years of academic appointment at an accredited university

Mid Career Scientists

10+ years of faculty employment at an accredited university or institution

Scholars Will Be Expected To

Attend the 2022 & 2023 Black Men’s Brain Health Conference
Develop and complete a research project related to the conference theme
Establish a research collaboration with a local community organization
Recruit at least 10 BMBH registry participants
Engage with an assigned mentor
Participate in virtual professional development workshops

Given the prioritization of local community partnerships at each BMBH conference, diverse scholars affiliated with institutions located near the Super Bowl site and who desire to fully engage with these local organizations throughout the fellowship are strongly encouraged to apply.


The BMBH Conference is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in our events and the
fellowship program. Our commitment to these values is unwavering – across all of our work as
academics, administrators, and researchers.


We welcome applicants from all ethnocultural backgrounds and geographic regions.

Application Process

PART 1: Complete the online application form and reference contact request at:

PART 2: Upload the following documents:

  • Curriculum Vitae or NIH Biosketch

  • Writing Sample

  • Research statement


  • Please share with us a sample of your written work (published or unpublished), preferably related to Black men, brain health or an allied topic.


RESEARCH STATEMENT: Explanation of your alignment with Black men’s brain health
research (600 words). Please include the following:

  • Your experiences in or contributions to the fields of aging, brain healthy community-based methods, and/or health disparities.

    • If the proposed topic is a new area of investigation, please explain how your previous research, training, or experience has led to your interest in Black men's brain health.

  • The specific objectives you hope to achieve from this fellowship program and how they relate to your career objectives.

DUE DATE: September 30, 2021

Notification of acceptance: November 10, 2021

Questions? Please contact Scholars Program Co-Directors:

Dr. Desiree Byrd

Dr. Tam Perry


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