Applications open for the ISTAART Ambassador Program

Apply by March 8, 2024.

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Applications open for the ISTAART Ambassador Program

Kickstart your career and grow your network as an ISTAART Ambassador! 

The Alzheimer’s Association ISTAART Ambassador Program (previously known as the ISTAART Student Volunteer Program at AAIC) provides early career researchers with year-round professional development and networking opportunities. Using virtual, regional, and professional networks, Ambassadors amplify the impact and awareness of ISTAART activities year-round and at major scientific meetings such as the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC). Through this program, Ambassadors gain exclusive access to the Association’s scientific conferences and receive personalized mentoring and career-development training to ensure they have the skills and knowledge to advance in this field. Upon completing the program, Ambassadors join a dynamic network of volunteer alumni for continued collaborations and mutual support.

“Being an ISTAART Ambassador has given me experiences and opportunities that I used to dream of. I’ve met some fantastic scientists in the field, achieved a lot of ‘firsts’ – first international conference, first time in the US, first poster, first time moderating a session… and uncovered new skills – all thanks to ISTAART and the Alzheimer’s Association. Best part of my PhD to date!” Jodi Barnard, ISTAART Ambassador 2022 Cohort

About the program

  • Gain experience at AAIC through volunteer participation either in-person or virtually.
    • In-person duties may include monitoring session rooms, interacting with session chairs and speakers and assisting staff at the Alzheimer’s Association booth.
    • Virtual duties may include monitoring virtual session rooms and engaging with presenters, moderating breakout sessions and providing valuable feedback on poster presentations.
  • Year-round involvement through the program in monthly virtual mentoring and training sessions with journal editors, grant managers, advisory board members, and other leaders in the field.
  • Increase awareness and uptake of ISTAART activities and benefits within the Ambassador’s institution.
  • Gain experience at other Association-hosted conferences via volunteer participation both virtually and/or in person (if applicable).
  • Join the alumni network of past ISTAART Volunteers.


Applicants must be a current student (or within 2 years of graduation for undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students) or postdoctoral researcher (within 2 years of graduation of March 2024). All applicants must hold an active ISTAART membership at the time of application.

How to apply

  1. Complete the online application.
  2. Submit a faculty recommendation via this link. (Only recommendations submitted via the online form will be considered.)

Summary of responsibilities

Year-long commitment (April 2024 to April 2025), which includes:

  • Participation in monthly Ambassador meetings and other events as scheduled.
  • Presenting an AAIC preview session locally.
  • Representing ISTAART through in-person or virtual volunteering at AAIC and other Association events.
  • Attendance at select ISTAART webinars.
  • Presenting information about ISTAART at local institutions and regions.
  • Utilizing Association-provided resources and toolkits to promote initiatives within regional networks and on social media platforms.

Accepted ambassadors are provided with the following:

  • One-year complimentary ISTAART membership for non-student members through June 2025 (student membership is free for all students).
  • AAIC conference registration, housing, and airfare.
  • Other Association-hosted conference registration, housing, and airfare (if applicable).
  • ISTAART branded attire.

Application deadline: March 8, 2024.

Notifications will be sent via email in early April. If you have any questions about the application, please contact ISTAART@alz.org.

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