WHO/NIDA/CPDD International Traveling Fellowship Award

Application Deadline: December 15, 2014

Notification of Award: March 23, 2015

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD) support an International Traveling Fellowship Award for a drug abuse-related public health researcher from a low- or middle-income country to participate in the 2015 NIDA International Forum, the CPDD Annual Scientific Meeting, and associated research training activities. NIDA and CPDD suggest a schedule for the meetings that maximizes training opportunities, and NIDA funds support a research visit to a U.S.-based research institution.


  • Be a drug abuse-related public health investigator from a low- or middle-income country who completed his or her doctoral degree or residency no more than 10 years ago.
  • Conduct research in a field related to public health (epidemiology, public policy, health care, or treatment).
  • Have not received travel support from NIDA, WHO, or CPDD between July 1 of the previous year and June 1 of the award year.
  • Have not previously received the WHO/NIDA/CPDD International Traveling Fellowship in any prior year.
  • Live and work outside the United States at the time of application and travel.


Applicants are required to submit an abstract to both the NIDA International Forum and the CPDD Annual Scientific Meeting using the two meetings’ separate online submission systems. Abstract submission for the two meetings usually opens November 1 and closes December 1.

Note: CPDD requires that a CPDD member sponsor research abstracts submitted by nonmembers. The Chair of the CPDD International Committee, Jan Copeland, Ph.D., University of New South Wales, Australia, has agreed to sponsor abstract submissions by international researchers.

Applications Must Include:

  • Abstract Submission Confirmation from CPDD
  • Abstract Submission Confirmation from the NIDA International Forum
  • A curriculum vitae documenting research experience
  • Two letters of recommendation indicating your eligibility for the award
  • A travel plan for visiting a U.S.-based research institution before or after the CPDD Annual Meeting, which describes the potential for future collaborative research between the applicant and the institution.
  • A letter of acceptance from the director of the research unit you wish to visit
  • A conflict of interest statement that complies with CPDD policy.

Applications must be submitted via email. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

The NIDA International Program will coordinate travel arrangements after the award is announced. The travel award of $5,000 USD will help offset expenses incurred while attending the meetings and associated research visit, including such items as meeting registration fees, travel, and living expenses. The award also includes registration for the 2 consecutive years following the award year to the CPDD meeting. Award selection will be announced March 23, 2015.

If you need assistance identifying a research visit host, consult the online database of research projects supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) at http://projectreporter.nih.gov/reporter.cfm, review journals online at PubMed at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/, or email the NIDA International Program at ip@nida.nih.gov or the WHO Management of Substance Abuse Programme at msb@who.int.

The chair of the CPDD International Committee must receive applications no later than December 15, 2014. Applications must be submitted to:

Jan Copeland, Ph.D. 

Chair, CPDD International Committee

University of New South Wales, Australia

Email: j.copeland@unsw.edu.au
Phone: +61-2-9385-0231