AED Travel Scholarships, Fellowships & Grants Information

Application Deadline: January 12, 2015

The Academy for Eating Disorders (AED) is pleased to offer the following travel scholarships and research grants. All applicants must fill out the AED Common Scholarship/Grant Application Form and complete specific application requirements for the AED scholarship or grant for which you are applying. Specific application requirements can be obtained by clicking on the title of each award below. To support the AED scholarship and grants, consider donating to the AED Scholarship Fund.

Travel Scholarships

AED Clinician Scholarship Program
AED has established a Clinician Scholarship program to help defray annual meeting costs for clinicians and educators who otherwise might not be able to afford conference fees. The intent of this scholarship program is to provide the applicant with knowledge and skills that will then be disseminated by the applicant in his/her community. See past recipients.

AED Student Early Career Investigator Travel Fellowship Program
AED funds students and those in the early stages of their career to attend the International Conference on Eating Disorders. See past recipients.

Scholarships for People from Less Developed Countries
The purpose of the program is to support people from less developed countries or those underrepresented in AED to attend the International Conference on Eating Disorders.

John H. Sayler Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship is not currently being offered.

Research Grants

The purpose of the program is to support innovative and cutting-edge research conducted by student members of AED.

AED Student Research Grants
These grants can be used to support any aspect of a student research project, including (but not limited to) participant payments, support staff salaries and costs related to study assessments and/or database management. These awards serve the dual purpose of enhancing the training of our student members and advancing the science in our field by funding the most innovative and promising research. See past recipients.

TJ's Fund for Eating Disorder Research 
This scholarship is not currently being offered. See past recipients.


Several other organizations offer funding opportunities for eating disorders research. Specific application requirements can be obtained by clicking on the title of each award below.

Research Grants and Training Opportunities

National Institutes of Health Translational Research in Eating Disorders
The National Institutes of Health is committed to supporting research that will transform basic research discoveries into treatments or methods for prevention. This funding opportunity announcement seeks to foster the development of translational research studies that will increase our scientific understanding of the etiology and pathogenesis of eating disorders.

NIMH would like to encourage research grant applications that will advance our understanding of the etiology, early identification, best treatment and medical sequelae of eating disorders. The previse etiology of eating disorders remains unknown, but ongoing research implicates genetic (heritability estimate 0.5-0.8), neurochemical, psychological and cultural factors. This program announcement is designed to encourage innovative and multidisciplinary approaches to address the dearth or research in this area.

Klarman Family Foundation Grants Program in Eating Disorders Research
The Klarman Family Foundation is interested in providing strategic investment in translational research that will accelerate progress in developing effective treatments for anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder. The program's short-term goal is to support the most outstanding science and expand the pool of scientists whose research explores the basic biology of eating disorders. The long-term goal is to improve the lives of patients sufferering from these conditions.

Examples of funding areas include but are not limited to molecular genetic analysis of relevant neural circuit assembly and function; epigenetic research; animal models created by genetically altering neural circuits; and testing of new chemical entities that might be used in animal models as exploratory treatments. Please note that imaging studies will NOT be accepted in the 2011 grant cycle. Investigators conducting research in the neuro-circuitry of fear conditioning or reward behavior may also apply but must justify the relevance of their research projects to the basic biology of eating disorders. Clinical psychotherapeutic studies, medication trials and research in the medical complications of these disorders are outside the scope of this program.

Two-year awards of $400,000 USD ($200,000 per year inclusive of 10 percent indirect costs) and one-year pilot studies of up to $150,000 USD (inclusive of 10 percent indirect costs) are made to investigators with a faculty appointment at a nonprofit academic, medical or research institution in the United States, Canada or Israel.

Strategic Training Initiative for the Prevention of Eating Disorders (STRIPED)
Eating disorders and disordered weight control behaviors present a significant threat to the health of adolescents and adults, yet they remain largely overlooked by public health and preventive medicine professionals. To address this critical need, we launched STRIPED in July 2009, based at the Harvard School of Public Health and Children’s Hospital Boston, with the goal of building a transdisciplinary training initiative that will generate professionals with the depth and range of expertise and skills needed to take on the challenge of eating disorders prevention.

Our initiative is a public health incubator, designed to cultivate the creation of novel insights and strategies for prevention by introducing trainees to a rich array of disciplinary perspectives, methodologies, and theories and providing them with opportunities to join crosscutting collaborative teams.

Matina S. Horner Summer Research Fellowship
The Matina S. Horner, Ph.D. Summer Research Fellowship Program is designed to mentor young investigators in the field of eating disorders. Fellows accepted into the program will complete a 10-week independent research project at the Harris Center. In completing the project, our Fellows receive supervision and mentorship, participate in current research activities, and meet weekly with our staff.

Fellowships will be awarded to outstanding applicants who submit a proposal that describes an original research project. Applicants should design a research proposal so that the project can be completed within the 10-week fellowship period.



International Journal of Eating Disorders (IJED)

Edited By: Ruth Striegel Weissman 

Impact Factor: 2.877

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2012: 20/114 (Psychology Clinical); 22/75 (Psychology); 23/76 (Nutrition & Dietetics); 33/121 (Psychiatry (Social Science)); 49/135 (Psychiatry)

Online ISSN: 1098-108X

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Mission and Scope of the International Journal of Eating Disorders 


IJED’s mission is to advance the scientific knowledge needed for understanding, treating, and preventing eating disorders. The journal achieves its mission by publishing rigorously evaluated, high-quality manuscripts for distribution through print and electronic platforms to an international readership of health professionals, scientists, and advocates. Accordingly, the IJED publishes state-of-the-art original scientific research and scholarly articles on theory, methodology, etiology, clinical practice, and policy related to eating disorders, as well as articles that facilitate scholarly critique and discussion of science and practice in the field. Theoretical and empirical work on obesity or healthy eating falls within the journal’s scope inasmuch as it facilitates the advancement of efforts to describe and understand, prevent, or treat eating disorders. IJED welcomes submissions from all regions of the world and representing all levels of inquiry (including basic science, clinical trials, implementation research, and dissemination studies), and across the range of scientific methods, disciplines, and approaches.


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AED Clinician Scholarship Program

Application Deadline: January 12, 2015

The Clinician Scholarship Program allows recipients to gain new knowledge and skills in the field of eating disorders and share this knowledge and experience with their respective communities. The AED clinician scholarship program helps defray ICED costs for clinicians and educators who otherwise might not be able to afford conference fees.

Applicants must be AED members, or a membership application must be submitted with the scholarship application. Scholarships of up to $1,500 will be awarded to defray the costs of travel and hotel accommodations and will include a complimentary 2015 ICED registration. This year’s scholarships have been made possible by generous donations of those who contributed to the AED Scholarship Fund.

In accordance with the goals of the program, the applicant's work environment and ability to disseminate information obtained at the meeting will be strongly considered. Preference will be given to members early in their careers, those from underrepresented groups, and those who are working in developing areas. As the intent of the scholarship is to provide both educational opportunities and opportunities to meet and establish contacts with other clinicians, educators and researchers, applicants are strongly encouraged to register for workshops and to attend all the social events during the conference.

Recipients will be informed prior to the meeting, and award checks will be issued before traveling to the conference. Applicants must ensure that there is a source of funding for the costs that are not covered by the scholarship. Preference will be given to applicants who have not previously received the clinician scholarship.

Application Guidelines

Applicants should submit the following materials:

  1. Common Application: Click here to download this application. This is a general application form for all AED scholarship applications. Please complete both this general form and the Clinician scholarship application form for the AED scholarship that you are applying for.
  2. Clinician Scholarship Application: Click here to download application requirements. 
  3. Personal Statement: In 500 words or less, tell us about yourself, your interests and your current work in eating disorders, including a description of the community in which you practice and your goals for attending the conference. Please include a detailed and specific plan for dissemination of the knowledge/skills gained at the conference. NOTE: This plan will play a large role in our selection of scholarship recipients. Also, tell us about any special or unusual circumstances that you would like us to consider.
  4. Curriculum Vitae: all academic degrees, appointments/employment history, teaching activities, community activities, references for any publications or presentations at scientific meetings
  5. Two letters of recommendation from professional associates.
  6. Funding letter indicating that there is a source of funding for the costs that are not covered by the scholarship.
  7. Applicant must be an AED member in good standing by January 12, 2015.

All application materials should be sent electronically to the AED Headquarters at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  no later than January 12, 2015.

Questions? Contact AED Headquarters: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

AED Clinician Scholarship Recipients

Read more about some of the AED scholarship recipients.


Gloria Dada Sánchez, MSc, MA, El Salvador
Maria Isabel Gaete, PhD(c), Chile
Louise Karlsson, MSc, Sweden
Jessica Podkowka, DClinPsych, MSc, Australia


Elizabeth Barrett, MB, MSc, United Kingdom
Marilyn Brown, LMFT, USA
Ann Conley, APRN-BC, USA
Andrew Olagunju, MBBS, MSc, Nigeria


Sandra Beltran Columbia
Cristina Castagnini, PhD USA
Andrea Garber, PhD, RD USA
Sarah Mitchell, MPsych Australia


Karin de Bruin, PhD Netherlands
Andrea Lawson, MSW USA
Vicky Perez, MD Colombia
Colie Taico, MSW, LCSW USA


Cheryl Aubie, PhD Canada
Maria Tatiana Estefan, MD Argentina
Oltea-Daniela Joja, PhD Romania
Kortney Parman, BS USA


Sigrun Danielsdottir, Cand. Psych. Iceland
Carolina Andrea Lopez, PhD Chile
Christina Papanestro, LCSW USA
Kristine Tippen, PhD USA


Helena Boersma, MS, MSEd, NCC USA
Youl-Ri Kim, MD Korea
Elizabeth Shelton, DPsych Australia
Sebastian Gustavo Soneira, MD Argentina


Jennifer Derenne, MD USA
Katie Flanagan, MSW USA
Rebecca Park, MD, PhD United Kingdom
Mae Lynn Reyes, PhD Puerto Rico


Maree Burns, PhD New Zealand
Susan Feinberg, MSN  USA
Liliane Kijner Kern, MD Brazil
Riikka Viljanen, MSc Finland


Lauri Langham, LCSW USA
Adair K. Look, MD USA
Christina Reiter, MS USA
Marisa Emmelhainz Sobrino, RD Mexico



Meet a few of the individuals who have been helped by the Clinician and Research scholarships your donations fund each year.

1) 2010 Clinician Scholarship
Kortney Parman, RD
Atlanta, GA, USA


My research was conducted as a part of the Honors Research course in my Bachelors of Science in nursing curriculum.  Essentially the course was master’s level so students had to design and conduct the research project from start to finish.  This was my first time working from the ground up on any study, so it was a great experience for me and I learned invaluable lessons.  Our professor encouraged us to submit to present our research at a conference or other scholarly forum.  Without receiving the AED Scholarship, I might not have been able to afford to travel to Austria to present my research.  Being a part of a poster session made the research experience I gained seem more valid and it further encouraged me to pursue publication for the study.  I am very appreciative of the scholarship I received.

2) 2010 Clinician Scholarship
Cheryl Aubie, PhD, RPsych (NS)
Eating Disorder Clinic
Halifax, Nova Scotia


I feel incredibly fortunate to have been selected for the AED Clinician Scholarship to attend the 2010 ICED. I am a psychologist in a small Eating Disorder Clinic in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Because our program is publically funded, there are not often opportunities for funding to attend conferences, especially in locations such as Salzburg, Austria! Without the support of AED, I would not have been able to attend the conference and would have missed out on a great opportunity to learn from experts in our field, engage in stimulating discussions, meet other treatment providers, and find a research collaborator. I also cannot neglect to mention that having the opportunity to see another part of the world was a personally enriching experience as well. Since returning from the conference, I have shared my newly acquired knowledge with my team, and have presented to my colleagues from the Nova Scotia Eating Disorder Network.  I would really like to thank AED for this wonderful opportunity to attend the conference this year. I hope to be back as often as I can!
3) 2010 Clinician Scholarship
Oltea-Daniela Joja, PhD
C.I. Parhon Inst of Endocrinology
Bucharest, Romania


After returning home from Salzburg, I organized for CBT trainees a seminar about the Conference I took part in. The seminar was followed by many questions and it also made me change a part of my therapy approach. I am currently working with EDs, CBT and IPT, adapting them for children, adolescents, and adults from very different social backgrounds in a post-communist country that experiences quick changes of social ideals. 

After participating in Dr. Wonderlich’s seminar on ICAT in Salzburg, I was especially concerned with a 24 year old drop-out BN patient, who considered restarting therapy. In our first therapy session after her four months drop-out I abandoned the topic of her increasing binge-purging behavior and encouraged her to talk about emotions concerning her life, her status, her mother and her treatment. She stayed as inpatient for a few days of investigations, demonstratively complaining to physicians and nurses. After discharge, however, she continued therapy as outpatient for another eleven sessions now. After following my therapy with the changed approach, she has much reduced binge-purging and now smiles often. I have the feeling that the detailed emotion-focusing discussions were a chance for construing another type of relationship between her and me. I have repeated this strongly emotion-focusing and motivation-enhancing approach and I will continue applying ICAT strategies and pass them over to my students and trainees.

Thanks again to the AED Committee for this special scholarship, giving me the opportunity of acknowledging so many interesting things about EDs which I may pass over to future therapists.

4) 2009 Clinician Scholarship
Christina Papanestor, LCSW
Kaiser Permanente
San Francisco, CA, USA


Receiving the AED Clinician Scholarship was both an honor professionally and an opportunity for continued growth within my field as a clinician, mentor, and colleague.
Having been recognized by the AED in 2009 enabled me to bring a newfound determination to my work with individuals struggling with eating disorders. In the contexts of my clinic, my psychotherapy practice and my community, my awareness of the complexities of the spectrum of eating disorders, and those who are battling for their health each day, has grown.  The AED’s formal recognition of my interests and leadership potential fueled my desire to work with colleagues of all disciplines to better understand the nuances of an individuals’ relationship with body, self, food and family particularly in the contexts of gender, cultural expectations and sexuality. Currently, I am working towards bridging the gap between theoretical and practical approaches to conceptualizing and treating disordered eating. Active in the psychoanalytic community and practicing part-time within a managed care setting, I am sensitive to the differences that pervade our field. I hope to continue to dialogue with peers, students and organizations regarding how collaborative practice, creative integration of approaches and culturally relevant and sensitive care can pave the way towards longer-lasting health for our patients, and a broadened awareness of the psychological and socio-cultural factors that shape our patients lives, internally and externally.

5) 2010 AED Student/Early Career Travel Fellowship
Patricia Groleau, PhD student
McGill University/Douglas Institute
Montreal, Quebec, Canada


The main focus of my research is on perfectionism in Eating Disorders (EDs), and I am hoping to address different questions during the course of my PhD, for example: How do psychosocial factors mediate and/or moderate the established relationship between perfectionism and ED symptoms?; How do changes in perfectionism affect treatment outcome of individuals with Bulimia Nervosa?

Being able to attend the International Conference of the Academy for Eating Disorders is always an amazing opportunity for students to learn about the most recent findings in the field, as well as being able to meet well-known researchers and fellow graduate students to discuss common research interests. Experts in our field who attend the conference are always very generous of their time. Every year, they put together different workshops we can attend to ask questions related to various research sub-specialities, to how to apply to grants, etc. Having been awarded an AED Early Investigator Travel Fellowship for the 2010 international conference in Austria has allowed me to participate in such a great scientific learning opportunity that I would not have been able to attend otherwise, given the travel and registration costs involved. I want to thank the AED for supporting students like me who hope to continue learning from our experts and who are more than happy to get the chance to present the product of our efforts and hard work. 

6) 2010 Clinician Scholarship
Tatiana Estefan, MD
Buenos Aires, Argentina


Receiving the AED Clinician Scholarship was one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had, not only for my professional career but also for my personal life. It allowed me the possibility to expand my view regarding the huge field of Eating Disorders. The conferences were outstanding, and those knowledgeable experts really taught me so much. Moreover, I met such incredible people from all around the world, many of whom I contacted as soon as I arrived home to Argentina. They had taught me so many interesting things about their culture and how eating disorders manifest there, that I consider myself quite fortunate to have attended. Furthermore, I had the opportunity to make a presentation regarding our research on eating disorders in female students in Buenos Aires, which was an unforgettable first for me.

Afterwards, I could impart all the knowledge I have acquired in the congress to my community in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and they were as overwhelmed as I was due to the sheer amount of new information in every subject. In closing, the city of Salzburg is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. I really had a great time there.

Once again, thank you to the Academy of Eating Disorders for letting me be part of those important and wonderful moments.

7) 2010 Student Travel Fellowship
Krista E. Brown, BA
Honolulu, HI, USA


I was a recipient of an AED Student Travel Fellowship in 2010. This funding supported me in attending the 2010 International Conference on Eating Disorders in Salzburg, Austria. Currently, I am a graduate student in my second year of the MA/PhD program in Clinical Psychology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UH) working with Dr. Kelly Vitousek, whose primary academic focus is in the domain of eating disorders research and treatment. I am a practicum therapist in the Center for Cognitive Behavior Therapy – Eating Disorders Program located on the UH Campus, and intend to work at this program under the supervision of Dr. Visousek for the duration of my graduate career at UH. Although I am early in my graduate training, my interest in eating disorders research and treatment began while I was an undergraduate student at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, Canada. I began working at the St. Paul’s Hospital (SPH) Eating Disorders Program (EDP) as a research assistant in October 2000. When I graduated from the B.A. program at UBC I became the research coordinator at the EDP working under the direct supervision of Dr. Josie Geller.

I have been a member of the AED since 2007 and have attended 5 AED meetings (Orlando 2004, Montreal 2005, Baltimore 2007, Seattle 2008, and Salzburg 2010). I authored or co-authored presentations at each of these conferences (a total of 11 presentations, 4 posters as first author and an invited short talk in the “future of eating disorders research” paper session in Salzburg). I am committed to research and treatment in the area of eating disorders, and hope to work in this field throughout graduate school and beyond into my career as a clinical psychologist. Financial assistance through the AED Student Travel Fellowship allowed me to attend the 2010 International conference on Eating Disorders in Salzburg, Austria to present my research, attend the excellent student training program, and meet experts in the field. Without this funding through the AED I would have been unable to attend the conference in Salzburg, as the expense would have been too great to afford as a student living and training in a remote area. I am extremely grateful to the AED for providing me with this opportunity and plan to contribute to the scholarship fund myself once I am working as a Psychologist in the field so that other students may have similar opportunities.

Your support of the AED Scholarship and Research Grants Campaign is essential to AED’s mission to promote excellence in research, treatment and prevention of eating disorders and to provide education, training, and a forum for collaboration and professional dialogue.  For more information or to make your donation, see the donation page.