Early Career Award Program

Join us in congratulating the 2021 Early Career Awardees!


2021 Early Career Award (formerly Travel Award) submissions are closed. The deadline to submit an application is 2 December 2020. All applications are reviewed by the Education Committee. Notifications of acceptance or otherwise will be emailed to the applicant in early January 2021.

The Early Career Award program is intended to sponsor individuals who have, through their research, teaching or clinical activities, demonstrated a professional and scientific interest in the field of schizophrenia research. Candidates must indicate their interest in schizophrenia research and, if possible, provide evidence of continuing and future involvement and activity in the field. Individuals must be graduate students, residents, fellows, or new/young faculty members who have completed their last training within 5 years. Candidates who are members of an ethnic minority group underrepresented in biomedical science areas are strongly encouraged to apply.

Awardees are required to submit a poster/oral presentation abstract. It is the belief of the Society that the opportunity to attend its scientific meeting as Early Career Awardees will stimulate the interest of young scientists in schizophrenia research by affording them the opportunity to attend an outstanding scientific program in clinical and basic research. The program will also allow awardees the opportunity to become aware of the most recent, and often unpublished, advances in schizophrenia research, meet internationally distinguished researchers and clinicians, and interact with world authorities working on the frontier of this field. Each award will include:

  • Waived registration
  • A SIRS member mentor for the meeting
  • Invitations to early career awardee functions throughout the meeting

A committee of senior investigators will select the awardees based on the following application materials required:

  • A short statement about the applicant’s career goals
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Supporting letter from the applicant’s Director of Training or Departmental Chair AND proof of Student/Post-Doc status

Awardees are chosen based on scientific accomplishments, need for award, geographic diversity and ethnic diversity.

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