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International Application: Research Colloquium for Junior Psychiatrist Investigators


The Research Colloquium for Junior Psychiatrists is presented by APA in conjunction with the APA Council on Research’s Workgroup on Research Training. The event includes a two-day, immersive, research experience for junior psychiatrists in the beginner-level (Track 1) and intermediate-level (Track 2) of their research training in psychiatry. It is an important opportunity for mentorship, guidance, information on research career development and grantsmanship, and networking with senior research mentors in psychiatry (i.e., Drs. Charles Nemeroff, Kerry Ressler, Anissa Abi-Dargham, and Wilson Compton) and from the sponsoring organizations. Candidates whose research interests are similar to those listed below are encouraged to apply. Potential candidates with research interests in health disparities and substance use, and those from underrepresented and minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

The two-day workshop on May 20-21, 2023 at the APA Annual Meeting will focus on the following six research areas:

  1. Molecular, Translational, and Neuroscience Research
  2. Clinical Psychobiology
  3. Treatment from Psychopharmacology and Psychotherapy to Neural Strategies
  4. Alcohol, Pain, and Drug Abuse Research
  5. Health Disparities and Health Services Research
  6. Military and Veteran Mental Health Including PTSD, TBI, and Suicide

Colloquium participants must attend the one-day Colloquium Booster Session on December 3, 2022. The Booster Session is held at the ACNP Annual Meeting six months after the 2-day Colloquium at the APA Annual Meeting. Mentees provide updates on their research in small breakout groups with mentor guidance and feedback. In addition, there will be presentations on topics identified by mentees as relevant to their ongoing development (e.g. presentation skills, grant management, and strengthening research methods).

Program Benefits

Funding for international participants MUST be provided by the sponsoring institution/organization. Participation expenses include travel, accommodation, and APA Membership fee (if you are currently not a member), which must be covered by the sponsoring institution /organization. The Research Colloquium and the Early Research Career (ERC) Breakfast will be held outside of the regular APA Annual Meeting events; therefore participants will not be required to register for the APA Annual Meeting to attend the Colloquium and the ERC Breakfast. However, if a participant plans to attend any of the APA Annual Meeting events, he/she is required to register for the APA Annual Meeting. In this instance, the APA Annual Meeting registration fee MUST be covered by you or your sponsor. (Note: APA members receive discounted registration rates to the APA Annual Meeting.)

Criteria / Eligibility

  • Beginner- or intermediate-level early research career psychiatrist investigators who are residents, fellows, or junior faculty.
  • Should be an international member of the APA or be eligible to become an international member of the APA once notified of acceptance (Note: Psychiatry residents and trainees outside the U.S. and Canada may join the APA as International Resident-Fellow Members).
  • Should have interest and potential in developing a research career in one or more of the six research areas listed above.
  • Must be able to attend all Colloquium events, which include:
    • A pre-Colloquium webinar and post-Colloquium webinar (February - April, 2023);
    • The two-day immersive Research Colloquium (May 20-21, 2023); and
    • The APA Early Research Career Breakfast (May 23, 2023)
    • One-day Colloquium Booster Session (December 2, 2023)
  • Early research career psychiatrist investigators conducting minority health and health disparities research in these subject areas are especially encouraged to apply.
  • Past participants in the Research Colloquium who previously participated in track 1 are eligible to apply for track 2 following a two-year gap.
  • Individuals with federal research awards (e.g., R01, R03 Awards) are not eligible.
  • Track 1 (Beginner-level) applicants MUST:
    • Be interested in psychiatric research.
    • Be in the early stage of developing area of research interest.
    • Be able to discuss a new or ongoing research interest, project, or proposal in its early development phase within a small group session and present a poster on the research idea during the poster session to receive guidance from assigned team mentors.
  • Track 2 (Intermediate level) applicants MUST:
    • Be interested in psychiatric research.
    • Have a clear research area of interest, but need mentorship in moving forward to develop a K-award project or fine-tuning their research portfolio.
    • Be able to give a 15- to-20 minute oral presentation on an ongoing research project or research protocol in a small group session and present a poster on the same research study during the poster session.

Nomination / Application Details

  • Updated Curriculum Vitae
  • Two-page statement describing current and proposed research projects.
  • One-page abstract of a study that is new, in progress, or completed.
  • If accepted to take part in the Colloquium:
    • Participants will be asked to briefly discuss their research idea/study in small groups of 5 mentees to 3-4 senior mentors and present it in a poster format.
    • Participants will be asked to present on their research idea/study in a formal 15- to-20-minute oral PowerPoint presentation in small group breakout sessions and poster presentation formats.
  • 250-word personal statement by the nominee describing how their attendance at the Colloquium will further his/her career goals.
  • Sponsor's letter of recommendation, either from the nominee's research mentor or other faculty member, describing the nominee's potential as a researcher and potential to benefit from the Colloquium.


Applications must be submitted by 11:59 pm ET on January 15, 2023.


Notification will occur in February 2023.

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The 2022 application cycle will open in August 2021


Submit all application requirements through our online form.

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