Pre-Conference Research Training Day Travel Award

The Military Suicide Research Consortium (MSRC) co-Directors, Drs. Gutierrez and Joiner, are pleased to announce the 8th Annual MSRC Pre-Conference Research Training Day. The Research Training Day is to be held Wednesday, April 22nd prior to the 2020 American Association of Suicidology (AAS) Annual Conference, in Portland, Oregon. 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, grant mechanisms, data analysis, and research ethics; b) small group meetings of mentors and fellows to discuss fellows’ grant applications, research papers, and/or 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.


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.


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).

Reference letters can be uploaded separately. You can direct supervisors to to submit documents. Please note, if your references do not get submitted on time, your application will not be considered complete.

Applications and supporting materials are to be submitted online. Applications are due on or before Friday, January 17, 2020. Applicants will be contacted regarding their award status by Wednesday, February 7, 2020.

Please contact Jetta Hanson ( with any questions.

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