Society of Biological Psychiatry
72nd Annual Scientific Meeting
May 18-20, 2017
San Diego, California

Travel Fellowship Award
Early Career Investigator - International


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. Travel Awards recognize excellence in scholarly activity by junior researchers by providing the opportunity to attend the annual meeting and participate in special programming for the awardees. These awards are supported by the Society of Biological Psychiatry and in part by Elsevier, publisher of the Society's journals, Biological Psychiatry and Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging.

Each travel fellowship award includes:

  • $2,000 to help defray the travel and living cost to attend the 2017 annual meeting
  • Waived registration fee for attendance at the 2017 meeting
  • Waived registration fee for attendance at the 2018 and 2019 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 (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


  • 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) who meet the following eligibility criteria may submit an application for an Early Career Investigator - International travel award.
  • 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 a compelling reason for prolonged trajectory toward start of scientific career. Requests for consideration to waive the 10-year rule may be uploaded with application.
  • Academic faculty with rank higher than “Assistant Professor” (or equivalent) are not eligible to apply.
  • Applicants who have established independent funding may be deemed too senior for the Early Career Investigator-International awards.
  • Applicants do not need to be published to apply for the Early Career Investigator-International award. Publications will, however, add to the value of the application.
  • Up to 10 candidates may be selected for the awards. Selections will be made based on strength of personal statement, biosketch, and need for travel funding.
  • The successful recipient will be limited to one Early Career Investigator-Domestic or one Early Career Investigator-International award.
  • Past recipients of a SOBP Domestic, International or Early Career Investigator-International award may not apply again.
  • Past recipients of a SOBP Medical Student Scholar or Chair’s Choice travel award may apply for an Early Career Investigator - International award.
  • Early Career Investigator-International winners are required to submit a well-developed, carefully-constructed abstract with data which meets scientific rigor, and present in an oral or poster session.  Abstracts must be submitted by December 15, 2016.
  • To receive the travel award winners are expected to attend the entire meeting, present in an oral or poster session, be present for the recognition event, and participate in the SOBP mentor/mentee program for Early Career Investigators.
  • The award will be presented by the President of the Society at the 72nd Annual Meeting in San Diego on May 19, 2017.

Application Submission Instructions:

  • All applicants must complete the on-line application – see link below.
  • A letter of nomination by the Department or Program Chair or faculty mentor is required.
  • A NIH biosketch (preferred) or short curriculum vita not to exceed 6 pages is required.
  • A one-page statement of career interests and objectives describing how attendance at the SOBP meeting will facilitate achieving your goals.

Notification of Award and Abstract Submission Instructions:

  • Applicants will be notified of award decision by October 31, 2016. 
  • Applicants chosen for an award must confirm that they will attend the meeting within 1 week of notification of selection.
  • After award notification is made, you will be asked to enter your abstract by December 15, 2016. Do not submit your abstract prior to award notification.
  • Recipients of a travel award will receive a code to waive the $40 abstract submission fee and member sponsor requirement.
  • The abstract must meet the minimum scoring requirements for accepted abstracts to be presented at the meeting.
  • Those who do not receive an award may still submit an abstract by December 15, 2016 but will need to pay the $40 abstract submission fee and have a SOBP member sponsor their abstract.  The SOBP office can assist with locating a member sponsor.

Deadline to submit online is on or before September 30, 2016.

After clicking the link below, login using your current SOBP account credentials, or create a new user account.  Use the ‘Forgot your password?/ Reset Password’ option on the ‘Log In’ screen in order to retrieve your password to access the system. Or email for your login information.  Click ‘Access My Dashboard” then click ‘ Submit Travel Fellowship Award’ to begin the application process.


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