2024 Diversity Equity and Inclusion Scholarship Announcement

April 14-17, 2024 | The Westin Seattle, Seattle, WA, USA 

ABOUT USASP’s CONFERENCE The 2024 Annual Scientific Meeting for the United States Association for the Study of Pain (USASP) aims to provide a platform for scientists, clinicians, healthcare professionals, and trainees to share and discuss current information related to pain mechanisms, pain prevention, and pain intervention, and other relevant topics as well as participate in professional development workshops and lunch panel discussion. The 3-day conference includes plenary lectures and symposia addressing clinical, translational, and basic pain research and poster presentations of original research.  The USASP is committed to career development, and trainees are encouraged to attend the Early Career Forum on Sunday, April 14th, which opens with lunch and ends with a Welcome Reception.


  1. For this award, a Trainee or Young Investigator is an individual who has graduated from high school and has not yet completed their bachelor's degree or terminal education/training (MD/DO, PhD, RN) OR an individual that has completed their terminal degree within the last 5 years AND is continuing their training (e.g., postdoctoral training or clinical fellowship).  
  2. Students must demonstrate that they meet the NIH criteria for an individual from an underrepresented and/or disadvantaged background (https://extramural-diversity.nih.gov/diversity-matters/disadvantaged-backgrounds). 
  3.  Priority will be given to applicants who have not submitted an abstract or have not been accepted to present a poster at the conference. 
  4. Applicants that have received the 2024 USASP Travel Award are not eligible.  


A limited number of scholarships are available to assist Trainees or Young Investigators in attending the conference to learn about pain research. The DEI Scholarship will cover full registration ($370) to attend the conference, including the Early Career Forum on Sunday, April 14. NOTE: Resources to support housing and transportation may become available. If housing and transportation resources are required for you to be able to attend the conference, please apply for the DEI scholarship and then separately contact USASP (Dr. Brittany Knight at [email protected]) about these resources. 

To Apply for the DEI Scholarship: 
1 Letter of Recommendation
 (1-page maximum; this item is required to be provided by either a professor, advisor, mentor, or someone who can attest to your career aspirations; please have them send the LoR to [email protected])

1- Page Personal Statement describing (1) your career goals, (2) why you believe attending this conference will benefit your career goals, research goals, or educational program, and (3) how you meet the NIH criteria for an individual from an underrepresented AND/OR disadvantaged background (link provided above). 
Curriculum Vitae or Resume (optional): While not required to apply, please include your previous research experiences, research presentations, leadership experiences, awards, and publications. 

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Submit the following materials by FRIDAY APRIL 5, 2024

Submit Your Application Here


Awardees will be notified on approximately April 1, 2024. We highly encourage submitting applications as early as possible.