Dementia Research Leaders awards

The Dementia Research Leaders awards recognise the contribution that early and mid-career researchers make to dementia research and people affected by dementia.

We are currently reviewing our Dementia Research Leaders awards and will be posting more information shortly.

What do the awards recognise?

Our Dementia Research Leaders programme provides funding and development opportunities for people from biomedical, clinical and social science backgrounds from the start of a career in research through to establishing themselves as independent investigators.  

The awards are to recognise the contributions and impact of researchers within the remit of the programme to dementia research. 

Our 2019 winners

Find out who won our Dementia Research Leaders 'Rising star' and 'Outstanding contribution' awards this year.  

Meet our winners


There are two categories that people can be nominated for. Nominees do not have to be funded by Alzheimer's Society but do need to be based at a university, research institute or NHS trust within the UK.  

Rising Star in dementia research 

This award recognises researchers in the earlier stages of their careers who have already made great progress in the field of dementia research. These researchers have the potential to contribute much more to the field in the future. 

Eligibility criteria: Researchers who are currently completing their PhD or post-doctoral researchers who have completed a PhD within the last four years. 

Outstanding early career contribution to dementia research

This award recognises researchers who are more established and have already undertaken important research that promises to improve the lives of people affected by dementia. These researchers are likely to show great progress in the field in the future. 

Eligibility criteria: Postdoctoral researchers, fellows and those at lecturer level who completed their PhD between four and ten years ago. 


The panel of judges will be a combination of our scientific research advisors, Research Network volunteers and Research & Influencing directorate staff team members.

Progress towards a successful research career and impact in their dementia research field is the primary consideration, demonstrated within the evidence presented.

The judging panel will consider aspects, such as the nominee's:

  • achievements and originality in research
  • commitment to Patient and Public Involvement and public engagement
  • commitment to mentoring or supporting the development of others
  • potential to improve the lives of people affected by dementia in the future Applications do not have to address all elements suggested. 

Decisions will be made through discussion of the evidence presented within a nomination, taking into account the stage of the career that nominees are at and the differences between research fields.

Any queries?

If you have any questions about the awards or the eligibility criteria , please email us at [email protected]

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