Samuel Gershon Junior Investigator Award

In an ongoing effort to recognize the outstanding work of future leaders in the field, the International Society for Bipolar Disorders is proud to offer the Samuel Gershon Junior Investigator Awards for up to four young investigators for their original research publication submissions.  The Awards are named in honor of Dr. Samuel Gershon, an early pioneer of lithium research who introduced lithium to the US from Australia. He was a founding member of the ISBD and its first elected president, and was an Editor-in-Chief of Bipolar Disorders, the official Society journal. 

The application period for 2021 is now CLOSED.  Please check back for the 2022 Samuel Gershon Junior Investigator Award details in mid-2021.    


The Awards

In order to promote research interest in bipolar disorder in developing countries, two of the awards will be reserved for those from low and middle-income countries, as defined by the current year World Bank Classification. You can find the current list here

Awards will be judged on the originality of the content, as well as the significance of the findings reported, and will be evaluated by an international scientific panel under the auspices of the ISBD. The applicant's potential for long term commitment and contributions to the field of bipolar disorder will also be evaluated. All panel decisions will be final.

The awards will consist of:​

  • An award plaque
  • Waived registration fees for the annual meeting the year of award, and
  • One-year ISBD Membership

Developing Country Criteria

In order for your application to qualify as a developing country submission, a statement from an advisor/mentor certifying that the research was conducted in a developing country must be submitted with your application. This statement can be included in the letter of support as requested in the Application Instructions.

Manuscript Requirements

The topics of the papers submitted must address key aspects of bipolar disorder.  The manuscript should be based on original work that has not been published elsewhere, and should demonstrate a significant contribution from the author submitting for this award (reflected by first/last authorship on the paper).  The paper should be submitted as an article formatted for publication according to the Bipolar Disorders Journal guidelines. 


All applicants must also submit an abstract (300 words max.) corresponding to their award manuscript on the congress website at no later than Midnight (CET) on March 3, 2021.  Applicants who are not selected for the Samuel Gershon Award may still be considered for a poster presentation at the meeting; however, to be included in the abstract book for the conference abstracts must be submitted on the conference website.  

Award Presentation

Winners will be expected to present their paper at the ISBD annual meeting, which will be held virtually on May 13 - 15, 2021.

Please contact Mary Miller at with any questions.  



These awards are open to psychiatric trainees, postgraduate students, and junior faculty up to and including the Assistant Professor rank from around the world, independent of age, nationality, sex, or race.

Winners from previous years are not eligible to apply.   


All applicants will be notified via email of the committee's decision approximately in early April.