ACNP/AMP BRAD Fellowship

ACNP/AMP BRAD Fellowship

The American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP) has partnered with Americans for Medical Progress (AMP) to offer the ACNP/AMP BRAD Fellowship. Biomedical Research Awareness Day (BRAD) was created through the Michael D. Hayre Fellowship in Public Outreach program, established by Americans for Medical Progress, to promote peer education about animal research. The ACNP/AMP Fellowship offers the opportunity to raise awareness about the essential role of animals in clinical and basic research for brain-behavior-drug interactions, advancements in psychopharmacology, and careers in the field.

Dates and Deadlines:
  • Application portal for this year’s Fellowship is CLOSED.
  • Portal will open again on November 1.
  • Deadline to apply  – June 1.
  • Fellowship term  – August 1 through July 30

The ACNP/AMP Fellowship is open to early-career scientists in the field of neuropsychopharmacology who support humane and essential animal research and who offer a commitment to peer education about animal research issues and raising awareness of opportunities in the fields of neuroscience, psychology and pharmacology.

Benefits Include
  • The opportunity to drive innovative advocacy/outreach programs for one’s peers, guide them in making an informed decision about animal research issues, and help strengthen public support of biomedical research
  • A $5,000 stipend and $2,000 for materials related to BRAD
  • Collaboration with ACNP’s Animal Research Committee to develop new outreach resources
  • Networking opportunities with a wide range of advocates
  • Early career scientists in the fields of neuroscience, psychology or pharmacology;
  • Offer support for humane and essential animal research;
  • Committed to peer education about animal research issues and raising awareness about opportunities in the field of neuropsychopharmacology
  • Only legal residents of the US may apply
Fellow Responsibilities

The ACNP/AMP BRAD Fellow will work closely with those planning the worldwide BRAD celebration and is primarily responsible for implementing BRAD within the ACNP community.  Activities will include:

  • Organizing BRAD events within institutions with neuroscience, psychology, and pharmacology programs, including those that previously participated in BRAD
  • Creating a list of new target programs for each year
  • Working with ACNP Animal Research Committee to compile/develop materials about ACNP and the critical role of animal research in neuropsychopharmacology
  • Sharing materials with AMP for incorporation into BRAD celebrations at ALL participating institutions and programs
  • Attending and advertising BRAD at scientific and/or national meetings, including the annual ACNP meeting
  • Participating in a poster session and/or oral presentation on BRAD and advocate at the annual ACNP meeting
  • Submitting a minimum of one written contribution on advocacy, BRAD, and ACNP during the fellowship year, including but not limited to an op-ed, press release, guest blog, or formal publication
  • Contributing to the expansion and sustainability of BRAD by seeking collaborations with other organizations and identifying sources of continued funding and support

Application Requirements

  • A summary letter detailing your reasons for applying to include relevant experience and commitment to raising awareness about animal research
  • A description of how you plan to reach out to the neuropsychopharmacology audience
  • A curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation

Potential fellows will be judged both on their knowledge of the issues related to public education about animal research, qualifications and experience and on their demonstration of support and commitment to carrying out BRAD within the ACNP community.

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