Travel Awards

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Travel Award Guidelines for 2015

The American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP) annually selects distinguished young scientists in the field of neuropsychopharmacology to be a part of our Travel Award program. These awards offer an opportunity to attend an outstanding scientific program in clinical and basic research on brain-behavior-drug interactions; become aware of the most recent, and often unpublished, advances in psychopharmacology; and meet and interact with internationally distinguished researchers and scientists. Click here to read more about the Travel Award Program.


Specific benefits include:

  • An ACNP member mentor for the meeting
  • Registration for recipient and for accompanying other, $100 ground transportation, up to five nights lodging, and round trip coach air fare to attend the ACNP meeting in Hollywood, Florida December 6-10, 2015.
  • A daily stipend of $50 for meals and other annual meeting expenses incurred for up to six days
  • The opportunity to present a poster at the annual meeting without an ACNP member sponsor.
  • An automatic invitation to attend four (4) additonal ACNP annual meetings with reduced registration fee, and the opportunity to present a poster at each meeting without the need of an ACNP member sponsor.  
  • The opportunity to be selected to make a research presentation to the meeting attendees. 


  • Eligible applicants may be no more than 5 years post training. (Post training for MDs will be counted from the final year of their residency. Post training for PhDs will be counted from the last year of postdoctoral training).  
  • Any scientist worldwide is eligible as long as he/she meets the stated post training criterion.
  • Previous ACNP travel awardees are not eligible.  


All applicants for an ACNP Travel Award complete one common application.  However, there are several categories within the ACNP Travel Awards:
  1. 1.    The ACNP Young Investigator Memorial Travel Awards: These awards were established to commemorate  the life and work of deceased College members who made major contributions to the field of neuropsychopharmacology: Louis S. Lasagna (1923-2003), Marian Weinbaum Fischman (1939-2001), Arnold J. Friedhoff (1923-2001), Leo Hollister (1920-2000), Seymour Kety (1915-2000), Heinz E. Lehmann (1911-1999), Jerry Sepinwall (1940-1998), Menek Goldstein (1926-1997), Daniel X. Freedman (1921-1993), and Gerald L. Klerman (1928-1992).  Click here to read more about the Travel Award Program.
  2. 2.    The Travel Award for Minorities and Women: Through the Travel Award Program, the College encourages the development of young scientists from minority populations as well as women, so that the field of neuropsychopharmacology may see an increased number of researchers from women and underrepresented minority groups (including but not limited to African-American, Hispanic, Native American, and US Pacific Islander). These individuals might be graduate students, residents, fellows, new/young faculty members, 
  3. 3.The Early Career Travel Award: These awards are available for young scientists who have, through their research, teaching, and/or clinical activities, demonstrated professional and scientific interest and achievement in the field of neuropsychopharmacology broadly defined. Typically, they will have a significant record of publication as well as some track record of external funding, such as having received Early Career Development K or R Awards from NIH or comparable support. More senior investigators with a longstanding established record of independent funding (e.g., multiple R01's) may be deemed too senior for these travel awards.  
  4. 4.    M.D. & M.D./Ph.D. Student Trainees: This category allows five (5) individuals who are M.D. or M.D./Ph.D. students to attend the meeting as a way to learn more about the field of neuropsychopharmacology and  the opportunities that are available to them in the field.  

Within aforementioned categories 1 through 3, there will be two tiers of applicants and scoring criteria, one for junior applicants defined as those individuals who are at a level which is less than an assistant professor, also including psychiatric residents. A senior level applicant would be defined as those individuals who are an assistant professor, or an associate professor who does not have an RO1. You will indicate on your application which level best describes your current position.

Please check the website in early 2015 for updated deadlines and application instructions. 
  1. 1.    A curriculum vitae (all applicants), including your publication record and a listing of research funding and teaching experience, if applicable: Include one line about your role in each peer reviewed original data paper listed and how you contributed to data collection and analysis.
  2. 2.    A supporting letter (all applicants) from your Director of Training, departmental chair, or sponsor (this letter does not need to be written by an ACNP member).  The letter should include a concise and compelling description of why you, the candidate, should receive the award. Focus on your research accomplishments and how and why at this time in your development this award would advance your career. Indicate whether you, the candidate, is in the: top 1%, top 5%, top 10%, top 25%, or top 50% of all active research junior colleagues (M.D. or Ph.D.) the recommender has known.
  3. 3.    A summary of Early Career Development K or R Award, if applicable.
  4. 4.    A one-page focused career statement (all applicants): Describe your interest in a Travel Award including career goals and ambitions with an emphasis on your research goals, your most significant research accomplishments, and why you think this award would benefit you at this time in your career. Address the following: Can you convey in a concise statement what you are working on? What is your own work, separated out from the work of your mentor(s)? And how is your focus relevant to the mission of the College?

Should you have questions, please contact Kelly Phy, or Laura Hill, at the ACNP office. Thank you.


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