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Conference Travel Awards

Thursday, November 8th, 2018 – Saturday, November 10th, 2018
Conference Travel Awards:  Due May 11, 2018

AMERSA 2018 Substance Abuse Conference Travel Awards
42nd Annual National Conference
November 8-10, 2018
InterContinental Mark Hopkins – San Francisco

top1The Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse (AMERSA) has opportunities for health professionals to learn about alcohol, tobacco and other drug issues. Up to 15 full or partial awards* (including travel, hotel accommodations, and conference registration) are available to attend the 2018 AMERSA National Conference.  NIDA has funded this program to accomplish specific goals: to include educators, researchers and clinicians from underserved racial/ethnic groups, to increase representation from diverse professions in AMERSA, and to facilitate dissemination of the knowledge acquired to broader audiences.
(*based on annual NIDA approved funding)

Applicants must be:

(a)  Health professional educators, researchers and clinicians in practice or in training (e.g., doctoral students)
(b) Conducting drug and/or alcohol-related education, training, clinical practice and/or research

Preference will be given to:

(a) Health professionals from minority or underrepresented backgrounds, including Latinos, African Americans, women, LGBTQ individuals, and/or those who are from traditionally minority institutions
(b) Members of health professions that AMERSA is targeting for increased participation (for example, but not limited to: nursing, social work, psychology, pharmacology, dentistry, allied health professions)
(c) Individuals with the ability to disseminate knowledge and skills from the national meeting to their students or trainees
(d) Individuals who submit an abstract, poster or workshop presentation – (Travel award recipients who apply for a second year of funding will be expected to submit proposals)
(e) Individuals involved in research, education and/or clinical care with underserved populations, particularly Latinos, African Americans, or women.

Awardees must commit to attending the entire 3-day conference.

Your application must include:
(1) Completed application form
(2) Personal statement (300 words; see pg. 4)
(3) NIH Biosketch, Curriculum Vitae or Resume

Submit your application electronically using the form below:


  • if through a mentor/colleague, please provide his/her name
  • Clearly estimate your travel costs (airfare/train and ground transportation). Please do NOT include hotel cost, as 3 nights of lodging (Wednesday,Thursday, and Friday) will be provided. Most meals will be provided at the conference. Unfortunately, other expenses are not reimbursable.
  • In the space provided below, in 300 words or less, please describe:

    1. Your current focal area/interests in substance use
    2. Your current professional roles/activities
    3. Your professional goals
    4. If you indicated you are from a minority group or a minority institution, please describe
    5. If you indicated you are from a health profession that AMERSA is targeting, please describe
    6. If you indicated you can disseminate and apply knowledge/skills from the conference to your teaching, research, or clinical practice, please describe
    7. Why you are interested in attending the AMERSA 2018 National Conference