Purpose: The SSA shall award a maximum of £2,500 to support a member or associate of the Society to travel to international meetings, and/or laboratories and/or clinics, to further their training. This amount will be awarded twice a year, in March and September.

Society for the Study of Addiction Travelling Scholarships

1. How it works:

Before the conference/laboratory/clinic visit:

a) You submit your application to SSA with a letter of support from your supervisor, details of the visit etc, and a budget;
b) The SSA considers funding requests twice a year in March & September, and will let you know if you have been successful as soon as possible thereafter;

After the conference/laboratory/clinic visit:

c) If you are successful in your application, you go to your conference etc and then submit to the SSA a report and details of the expenses you would like to be funded, including receipts (in accordance with the SSA’s expenses policy: www.addiction-ssa.org/index.php/funding/expenses);
d) The SSA will then reimburse you.

2. Eligibility/Selection Criteria

An eligible member or associate is one in the early-mid part of their career and not more than 5 years post-doctoral. Preference will be given to applicants who:

e) are giving a presentation at the meeting they wish to attend;
f) will combine their attendance at the meeting with a visit(s) to a laboratory(ies) and/or clinic(s) and/or to meeting with an expert associated with their field of addiction;
g) are active members or associates of the SSA as evidenced by attendance at the Annual Symposium.

3. To apply

Online, using the button at the foot of this page, or send four copies of your application form and supporting documents to Graham Hunt at the Executive Office address (below), by the closing date(s) of 1 March or 1 September each year:

c/o Graham Hunt, SSA Executive Office, Leeds Addiction Unit, 19 Springfield Mount, Leeds, LS2 9NG, Tel: +44 (0) 113 855 9559 / Fax: +44 (0) 113 295 1320

Please attach:

1 - *Letter from tutor/line manager (preferably a member of the SSA) to confirm organisational support of the proposed study activity. This is essential to the processing of the application

2 - Full expected budget

3 - Letter of confirmation from employing authority that study leave will be granted if application is successful

4 - Copy of submitted abstract

5 - Supporting statement from proposed host centre (including letter of invitation where appropriate)

6 - Brief CV, highlighting degrees, awards & publications

Successful applicants must submit a report to the SSA after the event (at the above address), with details of the expenses they would like refunded, including receipts.

*This letter should show:

  • The benefit to the applicant or organisation;
  • The employer’s position regarding funding;
  • Support for the time required to undertake the visit and associated work;
  • An opinion of the applicant’s ability to complete the activity

4. Application assessment 

The travelling scholarship coordinator – appointed from the Society’s trustees – will rank applicants using the criteria outlined on our website. The coordinator’s recommendation will be made to the board of trustees for their ratification, and applicants informed of the decision shortly after.

5. Reports

Successful applicants must submit a report to the SSA after the event (at the above address), with details of the expenses they would like refunded, including receipts.

The application form can be downloaded here (PDF) and here (Word). 

June 2016

Lindsey Hines's Travelling Scholarship Report

July 2015

Hannah Rose's Travelling Scholarship Report

April 2014

Dr Alanna Easton's Travelling Scholarship Report

August 2012

Dr Bridgette Bewick's Travelling Scholarship Report

February 2009

Dr Simon Adamson's Travelling Scholarship Report


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