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



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 North American institutions to be a part of our Travel Fellowship Award program. 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 in Atlanta
  • 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 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 (required)
  • 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


  1. Individuals from any university, department or institute in the US, Canada or Mexico may submit an application for an Early Career Investigator-Domestic, as long as they meet the eligibility criteria.
  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 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 rank higher than “Assistant Professor” (or equivalent), are not eligible to apply.
  4. Applicants who have established independent funding such as R-type awards may be deemed to be too senior for the Early Career Investigator-Domestic awards.
  5. Applicants do not need to be published to apply for the Early Career Investigator-Domestic award.
  6. Past recipients of a SOBP Domestic, International or Early Career Investigator-Domestic award may not apply again.
  7. Past recipients of a SOBP Medical Student Scholar or Chair’s Choice travel award may apply for an Early Career Investigator -Domestic award.
  8. Early Career Investigator -Domestic winners are required to submit an abstract for poster or oral presentation.  Awardee abstracts may be submitted without the sponsorship of an SOBP member.
  9. To receive the travel award, applicants are expected to attend the entire meeting, be present for the recognition events, present a poster or oral abstract, and participate in the SOBP mentor/mentee program for Early Career Investigators.


  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 if they are supported by other grants or sponsorship for travel.
  4. The successful recipient will be limited to one Early Career Investigator-Domestic or one Early Career Investigator-International award.
  5. The award will be presented by the President of the Society at the 71st Annual Meeting in Atlanta on May 13, 2016.
  6. Applicants chosen for an award must confirm that they will attend the meeting within 1 week of notification of selection.
  7. Up to 34 candidates may be selected for the awards. Selections will be made based on strength of personal statement, CV, and need for travel funding.   
  8. All applications must be submitted online.
  9. Deadline to submit online is on or before September 30, 2015. 


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