Society of Biological Psychiatry
71st Annual Scientific Meeting
May 12-14, 2016
Atlanta, Georgia


Travel Fellowship Award
Early Career Investigator - International

PURPOSE

The training of a new generation of psychiatric academicians is a major objective of the Society of Biological Psychiatry.  Participation in professional meetings, where new information is exchanged and contacts are made, can have a critical impact on the career of a developing clinician-scientist.

In recognition of the importance of academic exchange, the Society of Biological Psychiatry (SOBP) annually selects distinguished early career investigators from outside of North American and from one of the following five IBRO Regions (Africa, Asian/Pacific, Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America, Western Europe) who would benefit from attending the annual meeting of the Society of Biological Psychiatry.  Priority will be given to applicants from less developed and less well-funded countries. This program will provide exposure of the fellowship recipients to the best science the Society has to offer and facilitate the professional contacts that may yield enduring, collaborative and collegial relationships. These awards are supported by the Society of Biological Psychiatry and Elsevier, publisher of the Society's journal, Biological Psychiatry.

Each travel fellowship award includes:

  • $2,000 to help defray the travel and living cost to attend the 2016 annual meeting
  • Waived registration fee for attendance at the 2016 meeting
  • Waived registration fee for attendance at the 2017 and 2018 annual meetings (no financial award)
  • Programming designed for Early Career Investigators offered in addition to education at the annual meeting
  • An SOBP member assigned to the awardee for individualized mentorship during the meeting
  • Presentation of a poster or oral abstract at the meeting
  • Recognition at events during the meeting that present and honor all SOBP travel award recipients
  • Abstract fees and SOBP member sponsor waived for oral or poster abstract submission

GUIDELINES

  1. Individuals outside of North America and from one of the following five IBRO regions (Africa, Asian/Pacific, Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America, Western Europe) may submit an application for an Early Career Investigator - International travel award, as long as they meet the eligibility criteria.  Priority will be given to applicants from less developed and less well-funded countries. 
  2. Applicant is within ten years of completing their terminal research degree or within ten years of completing their medical residency at the time of application.  Exceptions to the ten year rule will be considered on a case by case basis when the applicant provides compelling reason for prolonged trajectory toward start of scientific career.  Requests for consideration to waive the 10-year rule may be uploaded with application.
  3. Academic faculty with a rank higher than “Assistant Professor” (or equivalent), are not eligible to apply.
  4. Applicants who have established independent funding may be deemed to be too senior for the Early Career Investigator-International awards.
  5. Applicants do not need to be published to apply for the Early Career Investigator - International award.
  6. Past recipients of the SOBP Domestic or International travel awards may not apply again for the Early Career Investigator - International award.
  7. Past recipients of the SOBP Medical Student Scholars or Chair’s Choice awards may apply for the Early Career Investigator - International award.
  8. Early Career Investigator - International awardees are required to submit an abstract for a poster or oral presentation.  Awardee abstracts may be submitted without the sponsorship of an SOBP member and will receive waived abstract submission fee.
  9. Travel awardees are expected to attend the entire meeting, to be present for the recognition events, and to participate in the SOBP mentor/mentee program for Early Career Investigators.

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. A letter of nomination by the Department or Program Chair is required.
  2. Applicants should submit a current curriculum vita, and a one-page statement of career interests and objectives describing how attendance at the SOBP meeting will facilitate achieving their goals.
  3. Applicants should indicate (and list funding sources) if they have other grants or sponsorship to support travel to scientific meetings.
  4. The award will be presented by the President of the Society at the 71st Annual Meeting in Atlanta, on May 13, 2016.
  5. Successful applicants must confirm that will attend the meeting within 1 week of notification of selection. 
  6. Up to 10 candidates may be selected for the award.  Selections will be made based on strength of personal statement, CV, and need for travel funding.  
  7. All applications must be submitted on-line.
  8. Deadline to submit an application is on or before September 30, 2015. 

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Society of Biological Psychiatry
904-953-2842
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