The Atlantic Fellows at GBHI

The Atlantic Fellows at GBHI program provides innovative training in brain health, leadership, and dementia prevention to a broad array of promising leaders from various professions, including medicine, science, business, law, journalism, and the arts. Through their work, Fellows are expected to emphasize local and global health inequities that need to be addressed by practitioners and policymakers, with the goal of transforming local communities around the world.

Atlantic Fellows can join the program for 6, 12, or 24 months and have a base at UCSF or TCD. A core curriculum of weekly courses in economics, epidemiology, law and ethics, leadership, neuroscience, public policy, and statistics will constitute part of the experience. Fellows also engage in projects aimed at advancing brain health and have opportunities to work with individuals with cognitive disorders. Through intensive mentoring, Fellows are guided in the development of their projects, careers, leadership, policy change, and impact on brain health.

After their training, Fellows return to their home regions to implement their projects and newly acquired knowledge. They continue to have access to career-duration mentoring, pilot funds, and an international network of colleagues collaborating to drive a common mission. Fellows should be passionate advocates for older individuals—healthy and impaired, demonstrate the ability to ask questions that cut across disciplines, adapt to different cultural contexts, and lead change throughout their careers. Successful applicants are expected to demonstrate excellence in past activities, the drive to learn about aging and diseases of aging, and have strong regional support that assures smooth transition back into local programs. Up to 40 positions will be filled annually.


Through the program, all Fellows are provided with:

  • A customized 6–24-month experience, with a transition back to their regional home environments
  • One-to-one mentoring
  • Teaching on health economics, leadership, ethics, policy, brain health, and dementia, among other topics
  • Observation and participation in clinical cases
  • Access to competitively awarded funds for pilot projects that could be completed in their home country upon completion of fellowship
  • Access to a network of researchers, clinicians, and policy makers for career-length mentoring and communication
  • A stipend during the course of their training