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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/expenses 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 stage investigators in the fields of neuroscience, psychology or pharmacology - an investigator who has completed their terminal research degree or medical residency within the past 10 years

  • 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

  • Only legal residents of the US may apply


Fellow Responsibilities

The ACNP/AMP BRAD Fellow will work closely with those planning the global 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 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 ACNP Annual Meeting

  • Participating in a poster session and/or oral presentation on BRAD and hosting a table at the ACNP Annual Meeting

  • Submitting a minimum of one written contribution on advocacy, BRAD, and 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

  • Ideas for how to engage ACNP members and peers in BRAD and animal research education and outreach

  • 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.


The application period for 2024-2025 is currently closed.

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