John J. Bonica Trainee Fellowship

Grant: One 24-month fellowship of up to US$50,000 per year

Purpose: The John J. Bonica Trainee Fellowship was established in 1998 in memory of the founder of IASP to support training in all aspects of pain research.

Timeline: The call for 2018 John J. Bonica Trainee Fellowship proposals will open on February 14, 2018 and close on May 9, 2018. 

Eligibility Requirements:

  • There are no restrictions as to the trainee's age.
  • The selected applicant must provide a proof of PhD completion (or equivalent) prior to initiation of the fellowship.
  • The trainee will generally be in an early stage of his or her career.
  • Trainees must be IASP members at the time of applying.
  • Mentors must be IASP members for at least  one year at the time of applying.
  • The mentor must not have served as a mentor for a John J. Bonica Fellowship trainee within the last three years.

The IASP Fellowships, Grants, and Awards Working Group will evaluate all proposals based on:

  • The qualifications of the applicant and mentor.
  • The usefulness of the training to the applicant's research career.
  • Research proposal: the importance of the problem, the feasibility and potential impact of the proposed research, and the extent to which it will provide a valuable training vehicle for the applicant.

Terms of the Award:

  • During the fellowship, the trainee will pursue either clinical research or basic science research under the guidance of a mentor at the institution of his or her choice.
  • The fellowship is not intended to supplement or extend current training. Preference will be given to candidates who seek training outside their current institution.
  • The applicant should not be working with the proposed mentor at the time of applying.
  • The IASP Fellowships, Grants, and Awards Working Group will consider the balance between clinical and basic science research.
  • The grant will be equivalent to a year's salary and benefits for a person of the trainee's qualifications at the selected institution, up to a maximum of $50,000 per year for two years. The grant may not be used for indirect costs or for the purchase of supplies or equipment, including travel costs.
  • IASP will disburse the award (up $50,000 per year for two years) to the host institution after completion of grant agreements.
  • IASP will disburse the award to the host institution at the start of the training.
  • The training should be completed in 24 consecutive months, but minor exceptions may be granted (e.g., two 12-month periods separated by a month or two).
  • Upon completion of the fellowship, the trainee must submit a report to IASP describing the research performed and training received, including information on activities and products generated with the help of this award. These include publications; presentations at conferences, colloquia, or symposia (or similar meetings); and the generation of additional extramural (external) support.
  • The trainee must acknowledge the John J. Bonica Trainee Fellowship in publications and other products arising from work achieved as a result of this fellowship.

How to Apply:

To apply, please complete the online application in English by May 31, 2017 11:59 pm EST. 

For more information on the online application process, please review the online application guidelines.

You will need to provide the following documents and upload them into the system:


  • Curriculum vitae (maximum of four pages); template is available through the online system.
  • Description of the research project (justification of the particular project, the methods employed, and whether the proposed experiments will generate interpretable results); maximum of three pages, 11 pt. font, ½ inch (1.27 cm) margins.
  • At least two letters of recommendation from IASP members (in addition to the mentor’s letter). These letters must be requested through the online system and uploaded by the recommender, not applicant.


  • Curriculum vitae (maximum of four pages); template is available in the online application system.
  • A letter in which the mentor:
    • agrees to be the trainee's mentor
    • confirms that he or she has sufficient time and resources to support the  training
    • states that he or she has not served as a mentor for the John J. Bonica Fellowship in the past three years
    • provides information of the usual stipend amount for equivalent-level trainees at the mentor's laboratory (including any necessary health insurance)
    • confirms that  the mentor's institution is a nonprofit or governmental institution that agrees to accept a grant for payment of salary and benefits only and will not charge indirect costs (overhead and handling fees) to IASP

Please contact if you have any questions, or call +1-202-856-7400.

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