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Gerontology

Gerontology (from the Greek γέρων, geron, "old man" and -λογία, -logy, "study of"; coined by Ilya Ilyich Mechnikov in 1903) is the study of the social, psychological and biological aspects of aging. It is distinguished from geriatrics, which is the branch of medicine that studies the diseases of the elderly.

Gerontology encompasses the following:

The multidisciplinary nature of gerontology means that there are a number of sub-fields, as well as associated fields such as psychology and sociology that overlap with gerontology.

The field of gerontology is relatively new, and as such often lacks structural and institutional support. Relatively few universities offer a PhD in gerontology. However, the huge increase in the elderly population in post-industrial Western nations has led to this becoming one of the most rapidly growing fields.

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Gerontology Scholarships

Name Amount Deadline
Mellon Fellowship for Dissertation Research in Original Sources Up to $25,000 December 02, 2016
GRHS Youth Essay Contest Up to $1,000 March 31, 2017
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Frances A. Laine Prize Varies March 01, 2017
Chris Velonis Miller Scholarship Varies March 01, 2017