Travel Fellowship Award – Predoctoral Scholars

Deadline to Submit: Closed


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 basic or clinician-scientist. In recognition of the importance of academic exchange, the SOBP annually selects Predoctoral Scholars for travel fellowship awards to attend the Annual Meeting. 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 award includes:

  • $2,000 to help defray the travel and living cost to attend the Annual Meeting in award year
  • Waived registration fee for attendance at the annual meeting in award year
  • Waived registration fee for attendance at the next two consecutive Annual Meetings (no financial award) after award year
  • Programming designed for Predoctoral Scholars 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 (strongly encouraged)
  • 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


  • Applicants qualify based on their home institution. e.g. a person currently studying at a US institution but whose primary affiliation is an international institution should apply for the ECI-International Award.
  • Awardees who are selected and accept but are unable to attend the full SOBP meeting will forfeit the award. 
  • This award is designed for Predoctoral Scholars currently enrolled in an academic program (MD, MD/PhD, PhD, PsyD, PharmD, MA and MS Students, etc) from any university, graduate study department or institute in the US, Canada, and Mexico, or outside of North America from the following five IBRO regions (Africa, Asian/Pacific, Pan European, Latin America, Middle East/Northern Africa) who would benefit from attending the annual meeting of the Society of Biological Psychiatry, as long as they meet the following eligibility criteria.
  • Applicants must aspire to develop a career in basic, translational and/or clinical neurosciences related to biological psychiatry, and will be selected on the basis of past excellence and commitment to these fields of study.
  • Up to 16 candidates may be selected for this award. Selections will be made based on strength of personal statement, biosketch, and need for travel funding.
  • Predoctoral Scholars can apply during any year of medical school or graduate school, as long as they are able to attend the SOBP meeting in the year of the award.
  • Applicants may apply to the program without nomination by their Department of Program Chair.
  • Applicants do not need to be published to apply for the Predoctoral Scholars award.
  • Past recipients of a SOBP Travel Fellowship Awards may not apply again.
  • The successful recipient will be limited to one Predoctoral Scholars Award during his/her training.
  • Predoctoral Scholar Awardees are strongly encouraged to submit an abstract for an oral or poster presentation at the meeting.
  • To receive the travel award, winners 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.
  • The award will be presented by the President of the Society at the Society’s Annual Meeting.

Application Submission Instructions

  • All applicants must complete the on-line application.
  • A letter of support from a faculty member describing the applicant’s interest in basic, translational or clinical neurosciences, and their academic career potential is required.
  • A letter that the student is in good academic standing is required.
  • A one-page statement of career interests and objectives describing how attendance at the SOBP meeting will facilitate achieving your goals.
  • A NIH Biosketch (preferred) or a short curriculum vita not to exceed six (6) pages is required.

Notification of Award and Abstract Submission Instructions:

  • Applicants will be notified of award decision by early December.
  • Applicants chosen for an award must confirm that they will attend the meeting within one (1) week of notification of selection.
  • After award notification is made, you will be asked to enter a Late Breaking Poster Abstract.
  • 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 Late Breaking Poster Abstracts but will need to pay the $40 abstract submission fee and have a SOBP member sponsor their abstract.
  • The sponsor for your application does not need to be an SOBP member. The SOBP office can assist with locating a member sponsor but are unable to assist in locating a sponsor outside of membership.

To receive the travel award, applicants are expected to attend the entire meeting (virtually if the in-person meeting does not take place), be present for the recognition events, submit an abstract for a poster or oral presentation, and participate in the mentor/mentee program for young investigators.  These awards are supported by the Society of Biological Psychiatry and Elsevier, publisher of the Society’s journal, Biological Psychiatry.

Travel Award Deferral Policy: A Travel Award may be deferred for one year in the following circumstances: birth of a child and to care for the newborn child; the placement of a child for adoption or foster care and to care for the newly placed child; to care for one’s spouse, child, or parent who has a serious health condition; or when the awardee has a serious health condition.

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