Experts by Experience Scholarships


Recognizing the need for greater integration of programing for clinicians and those with lived experience of bipolar disorder in its meetings, the ISBD will offer 25 scholarships to support attendance of those with lived experience of bipolar disorder at its 17th Annual Conference from June 3-6, 2015 in Toronto, Canada.    Scholarships will provide access to the best of the ISBD conference by offering waived registration fees for the activities on June 3-6, 2015, which will include the Opening Ceremony, Awards Program, Celebrity Keynote Speaker, Welcome Reception and three full days of the ISBD Conference

Eligibility: These scholarships are offered for non-professional attendees to the meeting on a first-come, first served basis.  Non-professional status means that you are attending the meeting as a person with lived experience of bipolar disorder or you are attending in support of someone with lived experience. Professionals with lived experience and those applying for CME credit in the program will not be eligible for these scholarships. 

What is Covered? Scholarships include only waived registration for June 3rd beginning at 4:45PM and running through June 6th at 3:30PM.  Scholarships do not include travel, accommodation, or other incidentals related to attendance at the conference.

How To Apply:  Contact the ISBD at to provide your name, advocacy organization affiliation (if applicable), physical address, an email address and phone number.  The deadline for applications will be April 6th, 2015. 

Notification & Wait List Policy:  Official notification of receipt of a scholarship award will be emailed to all applicants along with registration information no later than April 13th 2015. A wait list will be established after the scholarship spots have been filled and openings will be filled in the order of original receipt.  Wait list opening notifications will be sent via the email used in the original application and applicants will have 72 hours to confirm upon notification.

EXPERTS BY EXPERIENCE … It's the Experience that Makes the Difference
These scholarships will support some exciting new plans ISBD has for the Toronto meeting, which will feature a new "Experts by Experience" track, bringing together those who are experts both by professional and lived experience and creating a personalized experience for these delegates that is blended seamlessly with the other sessions of the conference. In order to make this the best experience possible for our audience, ISBD, under the auspices of our Advocacy Committee, has partnered with the following recognized experts in the field of bipolar support and advocacy: The Mood Disorders Association of Ontario (MDAO), the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA), and the International Bipolar Foundation (IBPF).  The programming we are developing represents the collective wisdom of many of the leading organizations in bipolar disorder and is a first of its kind for a conference on bipolar disorders.  ​

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