Travel Awards

Michael Irwin Equity and Diversity Travel Awards

PNIRS is committed to increasing the number of academics/researchers from underrepresented groups, and supporting research excellence dedicated to issues relevant to equity and diversity.  In support of this commitment, PNIRS is announcing, for 2019, the inaugural Michael Irwin Equity and Diversity Travel Awards. These awards have been made possible by a generous donation from Professor Michael Irwin, Cousins Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and the Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience. 

The intent of these travel awards is to facilitate attendance by academics/researchers at the PNIRS annual meeting who are a) from underrepresented groups and/or b) conduct research dedicated to issues related to equity and diversity. The goal of these awards is to facilitate greater awareness about the public health issues related to diverse communities, and to support and encourage psychoneuroimmunology research that is dedicated to having a significant impact on diverse and underrepresented communities.

Awards will be up to the value of $1,500 to be used to contribute to the cost of attendance at the PNIRS annual meeting.  Awardees must submit an abstract, register for the meeting and attend the PNIRS annual meeting to be eligible for the award. This opportunity is available to individuals who self-identify as being from underrepresented, communities, or whose research focuses on issues related to equity, diversity, and inclusion. The concept of diversity includes, but is not limited to, characteristics such as national origin, race, ethnicity, disability, ethnicity, gender, age religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status, veteran status, educational background, and family structures.

In addition to travel support, awardees will be paired with PNIRS conference “guides.” These guides will ensure that the sponsored awardees optimize their conference experience and provide a point-of-contact and mentorship within the field of PNIRS. 

Eligibility criteria:

Open to academics, student and graduates from traditionally underrepresented demographic groups, or academics, student and graduates conducting research in the areas of equity and diversity.   To be eligible awardees must register for the annual meeting, submit an abstract and attend the PNIRS annual meeting for the current year.

Application process:

Awardees will be selected through a competitive application process that includes self-identification of the applicant’s diversity background (e.g. personal characteristics/background, history of significant contributions to diversity), and/or identification of research focus.  Applications will be called for at the time of abstract submission for the PNIRS annual meeting. To be inclusive, we will consider applications from under-represented nominees with self-identified diversity characteristics such as ethnicity, race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, age, faith, social standing, and other personal attributes.

The award winner will be chosen based upon:

  • Dedication to a multicultural/diversity focus in research and/or  
  • Self-identification of diversity background.


PNIRS Trainee Scholar Travel Awards

The intent of the PNIRS Trainee Scholar Travel Awards is to facilitate attendance by trainee members at the PNIRS annual meeting.  To be eligible for an award, awardees must register for the annual meeting, submit an abstract and attend the PNIRS annual meeting for the current year.  Awardees will be selected by the scientific affairs committee using the abstract scoring process as a guide.  Awards will vary annually and are to be used to contribute to the trainees' cost of attendance at the PNIRS annual meeting.