GP2 Under-represented Populations PhD Program - Asia and Latin America

We are inviting supervisors based in Asia and Latin America to apply for funding for a trainee to pursue a higher research degree (PhD or equivalent) in the genetics of Parkinson’s disease (PD) or a related subject. Applications may be submitted with or without a potential trainee having already been identified.

The trainee must enroll at an institution in their country of residence by September 2021.


The Global Parkinson’s Genetics Program (GP2) is an ambitious five-year project supported by the Aligning Science Across Parkinson’s (ASAP) initiative and executed in partnership with The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Disease Research.

Supervisor and trainee specification

Supervisors must demonstrate the following:

  • Experience training students to obtain a higher research degree and affiliation with an institution authorized to offer such training culminating in a degree.
  • A background in PD research and preferably PD genetics.
  • Commitment to collaboration and data-sharing as part of the wider GP2 program.
  • Willingness for the student to gain experience at laboratories and centers in other countries as part of their training (where COVID-19 restrictions permit).

Trainees must meet the following person specification. If a trainee has been identified, then please include their information in the application form. If a trainee has not yet been identified, then these criteria should be applied during the selection process undertaken by supervisors who are awarded funds.

  • Undergraduate degree (as a minimum) in a relevant discipline.
  • Clear interest in developing understanding of neurodegenerative disease genetics.
  • Computer literate and understands the principles of data management and analysis.
  • Committed to collaborative work, locally and globally.
  • Good written and oral communication (sufficient to present work and write thesis).

Funding notes

We will support the costs of a three-year PhD studentship starting by September 2021. The award will cover:

  • A stipend or salary for the trainee that is commensurate with the usual costs of a higher research degree in the country where the training will take place.
  • University fees which are directly related to training (i.e., student fees).
  • Limited consumables with clear justification.

Application Information

Deadline: April 30, 2021

To apply, please register and complete the online application form within The Michael J. Fox Foundation grants portal.

To be considered for funding for this GP2 PhD program, you must reside in Asia or Latin America.