ASA / SRS Collaborative Mentor-Mentee Award

Applications for this award are currently closed

The goal of the Australasian Sleep Association (ASA) / Sleep Research Society (SRS) International Mentor-Mentee Program is to link early career researchers to mentors that can provide rich, face-to-face opportunities in state of-the-art sleep/circadian research techniques and methods aligned to the early career researcher’s career goals. The program is intended to grow the field of sleep research and foster the next generation of sleep researchers. For ASA Member applicants the mentor must be a SRS Member and located in a different country (the mentor is not required to also be an ASA member).

Scope of Support 
The program is intended to grow the field of sleep researchers. Awards of ≤$7,000 AUD will be given to one (1) ASA Member mentee for travel-related expenses. While both ASA and SRS mentee opportunities exist, respective organisations will manage and award their respective mentee opportunity.

The duration of the award is one year. ASA member mentees from Australasia will visit their SRS member mentor for 2-4 weeks (negotiable depending on the topic). The mentor / mentee relationship should also extend beyond the face-to-face portion and, as appropriate, include career guidance via ongoing phone or web-based meetings over the course of the funded year. While not essential, this would be an outstanding opportunity for someone who has participated in the ASA mentorship program to expand their expertise with an international leader in the field.

Application, outcomes and reporting requirements, by opportunity


A complete application will consist of:

The trainee must demonstrate:

  1. Local training is not available or the proposed training is unique/superior compared to local training opportunities;
  2. Mentor and their institution are established entities that can provide a quality experience;
  3. Specific, measurable goals for first year; and
  4. Plans and goals for the on-site visit. Example goals could include learning a specific lab skill or other technique; exposure to a specific clinical population for research purposes; work on a paper; access to unique data sets; complex statistical analysis; writing a grant proposal.

All proposals must be submitted electronically. Incomplete applications may not be considered. Applicants will be ranked according to the quality of the proposed mentorship plan/training environment, mentor’s letter of support and track record relative to opportunity (based on 3 page CV).

Awardees will be notified within one month of the deadline. Ideally, travel will take place within 12 months of award acceptance. To accept the award the mentee and mentor must submit a declaration statement to agree to participate in the program and commit to maintain the mentee-mentor relationship for the award period. Travel will be verified prior to any disbursement of funds.

Award Recipients

2019: Hailey Meaklim
 Cele Richardson

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