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Frank W. Putnam Trauma Research Scholars


The ISTSS Frank W. Putnam Trauma Research Scholars Award provides two $1,000 awards to student members who submit proposals judged to have the greatest potential to contribute to the field of traumatic stress. 


1. Applicants must be currently enrolled and in good standing in a postgraduate program in a field with relevance to the study of traumatic stress.  Such programs include but are not limited to those in Psychology, Social Work, Public Health, Nursing and Medicine.

2. Applicants must be student members of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS).  Applicants’ primary mentors/advisors must be members of ISTSS.

3. Applicants must document that their research proposal has been approved by their academic advisor or other suitable research mentor, and by all appropriate institutional review committees (e.g., a Human Studies Committee or Institutional Review Board).

4. Applicants who have previously received an ISTSS Frank W. Putnam Trauma Research Scholars Award may apply again, but new applicants will receive priority consideration in the process.

Successful Applicants: 

Each Frank W. Putnam Trauma Research Scholars winner will be asked to submit a brief (1-2 pages) report on the research supported by the award funds approximately one year after the award is made.  This report will be provided to the ISTSS board of directors.

To apply, please submit the following: 

The Frank W. Putnam Trauma Research Scholars Application materials must be submitted as a combined PDF file comprising of the following materials.
1. A research proposal (maximum three pages, double spaced; 12-point font) that includes the following information:
  • the aims and potential significance of the proposed study
  • a brief presentation of the background for the work
  • a description of methods and design (both qualitative and quantitative studies are encouraged)
  • outline of proposed analyses or qualitative approach (including justification of sample size). 
  • coverage of other general or unique issues related to the research (e.g., feasibility; sample size, statistical power, sample saturation)
  • a statement concerning how your application or project contributes to the inclusion of and/or attention to diversity within the trauma field. Diversity refers to multiple dimensions including (but not limited to) national origin/global region, race, ethnicity, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic circumstances, geographic background, immigration status, and training/expertise.  
2. A budget that includes a brief explanation for proposed use of funds (maximum 1 page)

3. A Curriculum Vitae including publications and presentations (maximum 2 pages)

4. A letter of support from a research advisor for the project (maximum 1 page).  This letter must state the advisor’s support for the project and outline his or her role in supervising it. The research advisor can outline the relevant institutional approvals and attest to the fact that they will be secured before the project is conducted in the event that direct documentation of approval is not yet available. 

Applicants must submit the application and supporting materials through this portal. Applications and supporting materials must be received by June 30, 2022, in order to be reviewed.  No late proposals will be accepted.  Announcement of award recipients will be made at the annual meeting in November.

Direct your questions to Rachel Hiller at [email protected].   

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