SRS Trainee Opportunities

NEW: Early Career Investigator Grant Reviewer Training Program

The goal of the Early Career Investigator Grant Reviewer Training Program is to develop future reviewers for NIH and other funding agencies and to help prepare these early career investigators for future successful research careers.  An essential component of this program will involve review of actual grant applications and summary statements that have been previously reviewed by NIH, VA, or another funding agency. Training in reviewing grant applications will improve an early career investigator’s grant writing skills giving them insight into what reviewers are looking for. The training will take place through four online sessions culminating in an in-person mock study section to take place during SLEEP 2022.

Session 1 – Online meeting in mid-February 2022

Session 2 – Online meeting in early March 2022

Session 3 – Online meeting in late March 2022

Session 4 – Online meeting in late April 2022

Session 5 – In person meeting in June at SLEEP 2022


  • Individual should be at the Instructor or Assistant Professor level
  • Evidence of an existing program of research
  • Career goals include a substantial commitment to original investigation
  • Peer-reviewed, scientific publications of original research
  • Prior research funding as principal or co-investigator. This may include foundation or federal funding, for either career development or research project grants. Pilot funding from the ECI’s institution may be considered adequate prior funding.
  • Limited prior NIH or federal grant review experience preferred but not required, e.g., serving as guest or ad hoc study section reviewer, but not standing study section member.
  • A commitment to attend all of the training sessions.
  • Individuals from diverse backgrounds and underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply
  • Must submit a formal application, including biosketch
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SRS Trainee Member-at-Large Elect

As scientific knowledge expands and the profession grows, the SRS needs strong leaders to continue to move the Society forward and to implement programs that will benefit the membership. This includes supporting educational activities for trainee members of the SRS. Responsibilities for this position include organizing the Trainee Symposia Series, summarizing all trainee evaluations, and participating in monthly planning meetings. As an effective trainee member of the Board of Directors, the Trainee Member at Large will also assist with the development and implementation of a strategic plan for the Society, help establish and monitor metrics for achievement of Society goals and performance, and maintain regular communication with the membership.


  • Current SRS Trainee Member
  • Previous attendance at a Trainee Day
  • Previous participation on the Trainee Subcommittee
  • Will hold trainee status through 2024

Applications for 2022-2023 will be accepted starting in February 2022.

SRS Trainee Subcommittee

The SRS forms the Trainee Subcommittee each year in August to help plan the Trainee Symposia Series and other trainee-related activities at SLEEP the following year, the Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies (APSS). This is a unique opportunity for current trainee members to become more actively involved in the SRS and field!

The planning and organization of the SRS trainee-related activities are overseen by the SRS’s Trainee Education Advisory Committee (TEAC) with significant input and involvement of this subcommittee of trainees. A goal is to assemble a subcommittee of trainees with diverse research interests from broad geographic areas that represent the trainees within the society.


  • Active trainee members of the Society;
  • Have attended at least one (1) previous Trainee Symposia Series and;
  • Will attend the SLEEP 2022 meeting assisting SRS staff during the Trainee Symposia Series program.

If you have any questions please contact the Trainee Member at Large, Ms. Marissa Evans, [email protected], or the SRS Coordinator at [email protected]. Interested members should complete the application no later than September 12, 2021.

SLEEP Meeting SRS Trainee Opportunities

SLEEP 2022 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),Trainee Networking Development Suite, and Trainee International/Domestic Match Program (Trainee ID) are open to all trainees, while SRS Awards, which include monetary awards, Leadership Development Workshop and Sleep Mentor/Mentee Award, are open to active SRS trainee members only.

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

You must register for SLEEP 2022 and be an active SRS Trainee or AASM Student/Resident/Fellow Member to be offered registration for any Trainee Opportunity. Registration for the 2022 Trainee Symposia Series will open in January 2022. 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

The Trainee Symposia Series is intended to foster scientific investigation, professional education and career development in sleep and circadian research as well as academic sleep medicine. 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. Registration for the 2022 Trainee Symposia Series will open in January 2022.

Trainee International/Domestic Match Program

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 SRS Trainee Series at SLEEP 2022. This opportunity is free and open to all trainees but requires an application. The 2022 application will open in January 2022.

Trainee Networking Development Suite

The SRS Trainee Networking Development Suite offers trainee members an opportunity to network with other trainees, experienced researchers, and mentors in sleep and circadian science throughout SLEEP 2022. The Suite is open during the meeting, with programming during breakfast and lunch.

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 online application. Only applicants who are registered for the Trainee Symposia Series at SLEEP 2022 (June 5, 2022) will be considered. Application will open in January 2022.

Registration for both SLEEP 2022, abstract submission, and the Trainee Symposia Series will be verified prior to final selections.

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Trainee Journal Club

Journal Club Reviews are authored by Sleep Research Society trainee members. These reviews are a summary, critical review and discussion of impact/significance of on an article recently published in SLEEP and should be written in the style of an Editorial, with no abstract, significance statement or subheadings.  Eligible authors are graduate students and postdoctoral research fellows who are current trainee members of the Sleep Research Society. Co-authored manuscripts are encouraged but not required.  The submission fee will be waived for SRS members. View full details.