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The American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP) has partnered with Americans for Medical Progress (AMP) to offer the ACNP/AMP BRAD Fellowship. Biomedical Research Awareness Day (BRAD) was created through the Michael D. Hayre Fellowship in Public Outreach program, established by Americans for Medical Progress, to promote peer education about animal research. The ACNP/AMP Fellowship offers the opportunity to raise awareness about the essential role of animals in clinical and basic research for brain-behavior-drug interactions, advancements in psychopharmacology, and careers in the field.


  • The opportunity to drive innovative advocacy/outreach programs, guide peers in making informed decisions about animal research issues, and help strengthen public support of biomedical research

  • A $5,000 stipend and $2,000 for materials related to BRAD

  • Collaboration with the ACNP’s Animal Research Committee to develop new outreach resources

  • Networking opportunities with a wide range of advocates



  • Early career scientists in the fields of neuroscience, psychology or pharmacology

  • Supporter of humane and essential animal research

  • Committed to peer education about animal research issues and raising awareness about opportunities in the field of neuropsychopharmacology


Fellow Responsibilities

The ACNP/AMP BRAD Fellow will work closely with those planning the worldwide BRAD celebration and is primarily responsible for implementing BRAD within the ACNP community.  Activities will include:

  • Organizing BRAD events within institutions with neuroscience, psychology, and pharmacology programs, including those that previously participated in BRAD

  • Creating a list of new target programs for each year

  • Working with the ACNP Animal Research Committee to compile/develop materials about the ACNP and the critical role of animal research in neuropsychopharmacology

  • Sharing materials with AMP for incorporation into BRAD celebrations at ALL participating institutions and programs

  • Attending and advertising BRAD at scientific and/or national meetings, including the annual ACNP meeting

  • Participating in a poster session and/or oral presentation on BRAD and advocating at the annual ACNP meeting

  • Submitting a minimum of one written contribution on advocacy, BRAD, and the ACNP during the fellowship year, including but not limited to an op-ed, press release, guest blog, or formal publication

  • Contributing to the expansion and sustainability of BRAD by seeking collaborations with other organizations and identifying sources of continued funding and support


Application Requirements

  • A summary letter detailing your reasons for applying to include relevant experience and commitment to raising awareness about animal research

  • A description of how you plan to reach out to the neuropsychopharmacology audience

  • A curriculum vitae

  • Two letters of recommendation


Potential fellows will be judged on their qualifications and experience, knowledge of the issues related to public education about animal research, and their demonstration of support and commitment to carrying out BRAD within the ACNP community.


Application deadline is June 1, 2022.

The fellowship will run August 1, 2022 to July 31, 2023.

Apply online here.


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