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2018 Sumiko Okada Scholarship

About the Fund

The Sumiko Okada International Fellowship Fund is a research grant honoring Sumiko Okada, a Japanese speech pathologist, who contributed to the field of dysphagia with her publications and yearly presentations and posters at DRS Annual Meetings. 

The Fund was jointly established by the Japanese Society of Dysphagia Rehabilitation (JSDR) and the DRS to subsidize international expenses for young researchers in the field of dysphagia. This award is entirely funded by the Dysphagia Research Society (DRS).

Award recipients will present their research findings in an oral presentation (in English) during the 2018 Japanese-Korean Joint Swallowing Conference and the 2018 meeting of the Japanese Society of Dysphagia Rehabilitation. Awardees will attend the entire three days of September 7, 8, and 9, 2018.

 

The DRS will provide up to (2) $3,000 awards per year to cover travel and registration expenses for young researchers to attend the JSDR Annual Meeting in Japan.

 

At the DRS’ discretion, these funds may also cover research equipment that falls within the award budget. (The award recipient must first ask and receive approval from DRS.)

Allowable Uses

Award recipients will be reimbursed for up to $3,000 for expenses to attend the Japanese Swallowing Conference and JSDR Annual Meeting. Award recipients must make their own travel arrangements. Allowable expenses include:

  • Event registration     

  • Basic airfare and ground transportation

  • Hotel stay    

  • Meal allowance

  • Research equipment (as approved by DRS)

 Eligibility

  • Applicants must be under the age of 40 at the time of application

  • Japanese citizens and residents of Japan are ineligible for this award 

  • Applicant must be a DRS member or student member in good standing (current with all dues payments)

  • Training members (e.g., student, post-doc, fellows) must provide an official letter from their department verifying full-time enrollment and good standing status in their program

  • Applicants must have an abstract officially accepted to the 2018 DRS Annual Meeting. In the event that an applicant has more than one accepted abstract, the applicant must choose one specific abstract to use for this award application

 Stipulations

  • Awardees are expected to keep all DRS dues payments current

  • Award recipients will present their research findings in an oral presentation (in English) during the 2018 Japanese-Korean Joint Swallowing Conference and the 2018 meeting of the Japanese Society of Dysphagia Rehabilitation. Awardees will attend the entire three days of September 7, 8, and 9, 2018.

  • Awardees will provide a copy of legal identification, such as a driver’s license or passport to the Awards & Scholarships Committee for verification of date of birth and place of residence.

  • Awardees may be asked to provide a brief presentation at the DRS 2019 Annual Business Meeting.

  • Each awardee can only receive these funds one time

Application

Completed face sheet and instructions attached – Download form  

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

 

Deadline and Submission Instructions

 

All applications must be submitted electronically in a single file PDF to [email protected]  no later than January 12, 2018, at 5:00 PM, Central Time.

Complete applications including all requested documents and formatting requirements must be received by or before the stated deadline. Only complete applications will be reviewed. No extensions will be afforded. 

 

The DRS Awards and Scholarships Committee will determine who will receive the awards. The DRS will manage the funds. 

 

Criteria

 

The Awards & Scholarships Committee will grade applications based on the following:

1) Importance of research topic and relevance to DRS

2) Research project design

3) Applicant credentials

4) Innovation

5) Letters of recommendation

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