Grants, Awards and Travel Funds

SPR Research Fellowship Training Award

Due July 1, 2015, for funding to begin early October 2015.
The Education and Training Committee and the Committee to Promote Student Interests are pleased to announce that SPR will once again provide Research Fellowship Training Awards. The award will allow students or postdocs to obtain mentorship/training in psychophysiological assessment/analysis with experts in the field, which they could not get at their home institution. This could involve travel to a remote site or travel expenses for a remote mentor to visit the applicant's lab. Each application may include a budget of up to $5,000 U.S. (although smaller budgeted applications are encouraged and would allow for more applications to be funded). Up to $500 of these funds can be used to defray SPR conference travel costs. Applications are short (3-5 pages) but require that applicants, mentors and proposed training sponsors also submit biosketches. Recipients will be announced at the Saturday Business Luncheon at the SPR annual meeting in Atlanta. Eligibility for the award requires that applicants, their current mentors and their proposed training sponsors be active members of SPR in good standing and have previous/ongoing involvement with SPR (e.g., attendance at previous SPR meetings). Other things being equal, preference will be given according to history of involvement in SPR. Eligibility for the award further requires attendance at the 2015 SPR meeting; awardees should plan to attend the business lunch unless religious restrictions prevent them from doing so. The deadline for applications will be July 1, 2015. Click here to download an application.

SPR Student Travel Awards for Undergraduate and Graduate Student Psychophysiologists

SPR has allocated funds for 30 travel awards. Fifteen of these are specifically reserved for award winners within North America, who will receive $500 USD to assist with their travel accommodations while attending the SPR Annual Meeting. The other 15 awards are reserved for non-North American members who will receive $1000 USD. To be eligible, student members must:

  1. Reside outside a 500 mile radius from the annual meeting;
  2. Be the first author on a poster or paper accepted for presentation at the annual meeting;
  3. Be up to date with membership dues, or have applied for new membership status;
  4. Still have pre-doctoral status (i.e., must not have received their PhD by the time of the meeting)
  5. In addition, student members with travel funds available from the laboratory in which they work are not eligible.


It is the intention of the SPR Board of Directors and the Committee to Promote Student Interests that student travel awards be used to facilitate attendance at the SPR annual meeting (i.e., the conference). Thus, except under very unusual circumstances, award recipients are expected to be present for the duration of the conference, not to simply show up to receive their award and/or only for their poster presentation. In other words, although SPR wants student awardees to enjoy the host city and the professional development opportunities associated with social activities taking place outside of the conference program, SPR student travel awards are not meant to help fund a vacation. To this end, applicants should consider the following additional requirements when submitting their conference abstracts:

  1. Awardees must pick up their checks on the first day of the conference, before the close of registration. Any awards not picked up by that time will be forfeited, unless prior arrangements have been made with SPR management.
  2. Awardees' faculty advisors will be notified of their students' awards and will be expected to play a role in ensuring their students attend events on the conference program beyond their own poster presentation.
  3. Awardees will be expected to produce a brief report, to be submitted to the Chair of the Committee to Promote Student Interests, highlighting their conference experiences and how the travel award facilitated their professional development.

When submitting presentations for the conference, students should apply for the Student Travel Award. A lottery among these student members will be conducted, and eligibility verified with advisors.