Pre-Conference Research Training Day Travel Award

The Military Suicide Research Consortium (MSRC) co-Directors, Drs. Gutierrez and Joiner, are pleased to announce the sixth annual MSRC pre-conference research training day. The MSRC pre-conference research training day is to be held Wednesday, April 18th prior to the 2018 American Association of Suicidology (AAS) conference, in Washington D.C. This opportunity is available to up to 30 trainees who at the time of application are students or research fellows across levels of training (graduate to post-doctoral). The purpose of the training day is to provide those with an interest in developing their skills as military/Veteran suicide researchers with intensive training to move a specific relevant project forward. Project ideas do not necessarily need to utilize Veteran/military samples, but must have relevance for those populations. For example, a study of adult psychiatric patient findings could apply to either group.

The core features of the Research Training Day Workshop include a) a didactic session including a presentation on grant writing, grants mechanisms, data analysis, and research ethics; b) small group meetings of mentors and fellows to discuss fellows’ grant applications, research papers, and career issues; c) and a networking luncheon. A Travel Award of up to $1,000 is provided to support travel expenses, registration fees for the conference, and accommodations.

Faculty

A top-notch faculty provides the didactic sessions and serves as mentors. In addition to Drs. Gutierrez and Joiner, faculty includes MSRC members and funded Principal Investigators.

 

Eligibility Criteria for Travel Fellows:

  1. Applicants must be students or research fellows (e.g. graduate/medical students, post-doctoral fellows, residents) in relevant disciplines.
  2. Applicants must demonstrate research experience and an interest in developing their skills as military/Veteran suicide researchers.

Application

A complete application must include: (1) a statement describing the applicant’s career aspiration (not to exceed 500 words), (2) two letters of reference, with one letter indicating proof of training status (e.g., letter from primary mentor or training director), and (3) an abstract of work to be developed during the training day (not to exceed 500 words).

Applications and supporting materials are to be submitted online. Applications are due on or before Friday, January 12, 2018. Applicants will be contacted regarding their award status by Wednesday, January 31, 2018.

Please contact Kelly Soberay (Kelly.Soberay@va.gov) with any questions.