Trainee Opportunities

SLEEP 2018 opportunities sponsored by the SRS for trainees have been designed to foster scientific investigation; professional education, career development and networking in sleep and circadian research and academic sleep medicine at no additional cost to trainees.

The Trainee Symposia Series includes seminars on the science of sleep and circadian rhythms, career development, grant writing, mentorship opportunities, breakfast and luncheon expert sessions, as well as social activities for trainees to foster a collegial atmosphere.

The Trainee Symposia Series (Trainee Day) and Trainee International/Domestic Match Program (Trainee ID) are open to all trainees, while SRS Awards, which include monetary awards, a Grant Writing Workshop and Sleep Mentor/Mentee Award, are open to active SRS trainee members only. The Trainee Networking Development Suite is also open to trainees on a first come, first serve basis. This new and improved space will have light meals and outstanding programming during breakfast and lunch times, while remaining an 'open space' for trainees during other times of the meeting. (Formal schedule to be released soon!)

Trainees are encouraged to join the SRS Trainee Facebook page to learn about informal social gatherings during the meeting.

You must register for SLEEP 2018 and be an active SRS Trainee or AASM Student/Resident/Fellow Member to be offered registration for any Trainee Opportunity. During your SLEEP 2018 registration, you will be automatically prompted to register for “Trainee Day” if you are eligible. Application for SRS awards are limited to SRS Trainee Members.


The Trainee Education and Advisory Committee (TEAC) has prepared the 10 Commandments of Networking to encourage SRS members to reach out during the SLEEP meeting. While this was originally developed with trainees in mind, we hope all SRS members will take a moment to review and always be prepared should a trainee or junior faculty approach you.

SRS Trainee Symposia Series

Sunday, June 3, 2018
The Trainee Symposia Series includes seminars on the science of sleep and circadian rhythms, career development, grant writing, a leadership workshop, mentorship opportunities, breakfast and luncheon expert sessions, as well as social activities for trainees to foster a collegial atmosphere. The full schedule is available here.

Trainee International/Domestic Match Program

The SRS Trainee Education Advisory Committee (TEAC) is excited for the second year of this program—a fantastic networking opportunity for you. SRS Trainees are invited to participate in the Trainee ID (International and Domestic) Match Program, a networking opportunity where international and domestic trainees will be matched base on research interests. Trainee Pairs will be encouraged to meet during Trainee Day at SLEEP 2018. This free opportunity is open to all trainees but requires an application, links below:

*International Trainees

*Domestic Trainees

Applicants will be contacted no later than April 15, 2018 with their match details.

Trainee Networking Development Suite

The SRS Trainee Development Suite offers trainees an opportunity to network with other trainees, experienced researchers, and mentors in sleep and circadian science throughout SLEEP 2018. The TNDS is open during meeting hours. During each breakfast and lunch session, up to 50 trainees will be welcomed--first come, first seated--for complimentary meal/beverages and powerful opportunities to network with leaders in the field. The full schedule may be found here. You don’t want to miss this opportunity!

Trainee Social Opportunities are made known through the SRS Trainee Facebook Page, a private group.  Register at

SRS Competitive Awards

SRS competitive awards exist to support a trainee’s effort to grow in the field. Current SRS ‘Student’ Membership is required. Each application will be reviewed on its own merit. Please apply to all awards for which you are eligible and interested, attending to the requirements in the on-line application. Only applicants who are registered for the Trainee Symposia Series at SLEEP 2018 will be considered.

Registration for both SLEEP 2018, abstract submission and the Trainee Symposia Series will be verified prior to final selections.

Awards’ Application Deadline is February 5, 2018

Trainee Merit Award

Trainee Merit Awards are financial awards which are approximately the cost of registration for SLEEP 2018, a certificate, and recognition in an SRS Update. To be eligible for a Trainee Merit Award, trainees must have submitted an abstract for the SLEEP 2018 meeting; complete/submit the application, attend the full Trainee Day, Sunday June 3rd, 2018 and submit an evaluation, on site. All merit award winners will be notified no later than March 30, 2018.

Trainee Merit Awards are only distributed at the conclusion of the Sunday workshops. A completed evaluation form, available only in person on June 3, 2018, is required. No awards will be mailed.

Grant Writing Workshop Award

On Saturday, June 2nd, 2018, a Grant Writing Workshop will be held for a select group of trainees seeking guidance in Grant Writing. The one-day workshop will include speakers, interactive panels, and small group discussions focused on the grant application process. Attendees will be encouraged to bring drafts of their own specific aims and training plans for review during the workshop. International trainees are welcome to attend; however, it should be noted that the main focus of the workshop will be on developing an application for an NIH-style training award. An on-line application is required. Full schedule may be viewed here. All workshop participants will be notified no later than March 30, 2018.

SLEEP Meeting Mentor Program (SMMP) Award

Award Application Deadline is February 5, 2018

The Sleep Meeting Mentor Program offers a unique opportunity to interact with a faculty mentor in sleep and circadian research at the SLEEP meeting. This program was developed to facilitate networking and career development opportunities (e.g., CV review, grant development ideas, etc.) for trainees who show strong potential for a career in sleep and circadian research, but need additional mentorship not available at their home institution. If selected, the matching of mentees and mentors will be done based on mentor availability. No guarantees are made that the mentee trainee will be matched with one of their named ideal mentors. Please note, while it is our hope that the trainee/faculty connection will continue past the meeting, the goal of this program is to provide brief mentorship during SLEEP 2018. An on-line application is required. All selected for this program will be notified no later than March 30, 2018.

A complete application must be submitted as a single PDF with the applicant’s first initial and last name in the file name (e.g. ‘trainee.a TSS Award Application 2018’) to no later than Monday, February 5, 2018. Late applications may not be considered.