Informations destinées aux candidats

L’édition 2022 de l’École d’été de l’IBTN sera offerte en anglais. Les informations et le processus d’admission sont donc uniquement présentés en anglais.

The IBTN Summer School is an academic program held over 5 days, exploring how to breakthrough current obstacles in behavioural trial methodologies and expand the reach, capacity, and impact of trials in the field of behavioural medicine. The 2022 edition will be held virtually from May 16 to 21, 2022.

Working with internationally renowned experts in innovative clinical trials, behavioural intervention development, and patient-oriented research, students will attend courses and will learn about developing effective behavioural interventions and conducting high-quality trials. The Summer School has been developed to provide a more introductory level of the variety of topics that are covered and is an excellent opportunity for individuals who have had some experience with developing or testing behavioural interventions, or who see this as something they wish to develop in the future. Read more about past editions of the IBTN Summer School.

With COVID-19 restrictions still in place, the IBTN 2022 Summer School will be held virtually in a “Hub and Satellite” format. Core of events hosted by international experts will be presented to all participants (the “Hub”), while region-based groups of 4-7 people (the “Satellites”) will work together on group projects and presentations. The program also includes all activities of the 2022 IBTN hybrid conference.

Timeline and Deadlines

    • Start of application period: December 6, 2021
    • End of application period: January 17, 2022, 11:59pm EST
    • NEW! Special application period for UQAM applicants: January 18 to February 28, 2022, 11:59pm EST
    • Notification of admission: February 18, 2022
    • Deadline to confirm acceptance: March 11, 2022, 11:59pm EST
    • Deadline to pay fees: March 11, 2022, 11:59pm EST
    • Anticipated start of activities: Early April 2022
    • End of core activities: Early June 2022

Terms of the Application and Admission Process

Who can attend the Summer School?

The Summer School is open to graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and new investigators who want to develop and extend their knowledge about behavioural trials. We encourage graduate students and early career investigators based in lower and middle-income countries (LMICs) to participate at the Summer school. View the list of lower and middle-income countries.

Early Career Investigators (within 10 years of their PhD, MD, or equivalent) from lower- and middle-income countries are invited to apply for the IBTN LMIC Training Award. The award will include a fee waiver for Summer School registration and for in-person attendance to the IBTN 2022 conference as well as personalized mentoring from an internationally recognized expert in behavioural medicine (to complement the support of their home country mentor). Read more about the IBTN LMIC Training Award.

All applicants must be IBTN members or become IBTN members before they submit their Summer School application. Membership is free and open to anyone working, studying, engaged, or otherwise actively interested in the field of behavioural science. Membership requests are typically processed within 1-3 working days. Apply for membership.

Graduate students include:

  1. PhD students
  2. Masters students

Note: Masters students may be considered for admission if they have the pertinent experience and interest.

Postdoctoral fellows include:

  1. Full-time postdoctoral fellows who have received their last graduate studies degree within the last 5 years

Early Career Investigators include:

  1. Early career investigators who have obtained their first position as an independent professor (or equivalent) within the last 5 years
  2. Full time research associates (or equivalent) who have received their PhD degree within the last 5 years

Note: In exceptional cases, early investigators based in LMICs who have obtained their professor position more than 5 years ago may be considered.

If you have any questions regarding these different categories, or to know how you can apply based on your situation, please do not hesitate to contact our IBTN team at team@ibtnetwork.org

When will the Summer School take place?

The Summer School will take place virtually from May 16 to 21, 2022, with a series of preparatory activities in advance and summary activities to conclude the program. Participants should set aside approximately 10-20 hours to complete the preparatory assignments and approximately 10 hours to complete the summary activities.

  • Early April to early May: Preparatory activities (5-6 articles to read and two short assignments, plus additional optional readings)
  • May 16 to 21: Summer School program activities (Hub and Satellite activities and all activities of the IBTN 2022 conference)
  • Early June: Summary activities (final submission of group projects* and individual reflection exercise)

* Time required to complete group projects may vary based on individual groups and their activities between May 16 and 21.

Where will the Summer School be held?

The Summer School will be held virtually. It is offered in conjunction with the IBTN 2022 conference that will be held from the University du Québec à Montréal, in Montréal, Québec, Canada. See the Program Schedule section for more information. Please note that successful Summer School applicants may choose to participate in all conference activities in person.

What courses will be offered?

The Summer School aims to explore the development and evaluation of behavioural interventions using current methods. Topics of focus and faculty members for the 2022 edition will be announced shortly. View course outlines from previous editions: 2018, 2019, 2021

How many university credits can I earn by attending the Summer School?

The IBTN Summer School is a PhD-level course recognized by Québec’s Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur and approved by Concordia University’s Faculty of Arts & Science. The program will offer attendees three (3) university-level credits.

Summer School credits are accepted toward degrees at most colleges and universities at the discretion of the home institution. Concordia University has an agreement with many universities in North America. However, because degree requirements vary among schools, it is recommended that you check your home school’s credit transfer policies before you register.

Please note: For those who wish to obtain university credits, university tuition fees apply on top of Summer School fees. Tuition fees are charged and payable on a case-by-case basis. Fees are based on student status and the arrangements between the home institution and Concordia University. When applying, please indicate on the application form if you would like to obtain credits for the Summer School program. A member of the IBTN team will contact you and help coordinate your admission and payment of your tuition fees.

What are the admission procedures?

      • Read all the Terms of the Application and Admission Process on this page
      • Fill out the online application form [available exclusively to UQAM applicants until February 28]
      • Include a CV and letter of intent in one of the following formats:.doc, .docx, .odt, .ott, .pdf, .rtf, according to the following guidelines.
        • A current academic CV: Maximum of two (2) pages including current program of study; previous degrees; previous work experiences; publications; and any other relevant information.
        • Letter of intent: Maximum of two (2) pages covering your previous experience with behavioural interventions; relevant background training; research areas of current and future interest; motivation for attending the Summer School; and any other relevant information.
        • Early career investigators applying for the LMIC Training Award should also provide a letter of support from an institutional mentor confirming the applicant’s current position, the ways in which the mentor is currently supporting them, a detailed mentoring plan for the coming year, and the willingness of the mentor to participate in a webinar to be broadcast in the country in question. Based on previous experience, we have found that the engagement of local mentors is a key indicator of success. It is therefore important to identify a mentor who is willing to actively support the applicant. Please refer to all the details about the IBTN LMIC Training Award.
      • Please also provide proof of your status (see below)
We highly recommend submitting your materials in PDF format. You may use one of many free online conversion services.

Watch a tutorial with tips on how to prepare your application

What does the IBTN LMIC Training Award involve?

Early Career Investigators (within 10 years of their PhD, MD, or equivalent) from lower- and middle-income countries are invited to apply for the IBTN LMIC Training Award. The award will include a fee waiver for Summer School registration and for in-person attendance to the IBTN 2022 conference as well as personalized mentoring from an internationally recognized expert in behavioural medicine (to complement the support of their home country mentor).

Applicants must supply a letter of support from a local, institutional mentor confirming the applicant’s current position, the ways in which the mentor is currently supporting them, a detailed mentoring plan for the coming year, and the willingness of the mentor to participate in a webinar to be broadcast in the country in question. Based on previous experience, we have found that the engagement of local mentors is a key indicator of success. It is therefore important to identify a mentor who is willing to actively support the applicant. Applicants can also choose to having a group of local mentors. Applicants must supply their mentor’s CV as part of the application process. For applicants supported by a group of mentors, please combine all CVs into one document to submit as part of the application process.

Successful applicants will also have access to an international mentor with whom they will meet a minimum of three times (before, during, and after the Summer School program).

IBTN LMIC Training Award recipients will also be responsible for organizing and presenting a webinar on a topic within their area of study which must be presented before December 30, 2022. Award recipients will not need to develop a protocol as part of the webinar requirement, but their work on the webinar should help streamline their efforts toward generating a new study protocol with which to apply for funding.

What is a “proof of status”?

      • For Master’s and PhD students: a clear and readable scan or photo of your current student ID or a copy of your 2021-2022 transcript.
      • For postdocs: a copy of an official university document clearly indicating the date where your last diploma was granted or a copy of your last diploma clearly indicating the granting date.
      • For all other participants: an official document from a university or other institution clearly indicating the date of your first appointment within a department or research centre (or equivalent).

How much does it cost?

REGISTRATION FEES: All candidates who accept admission to the Summer School will be required to pay registration fees: CAD $150 (or CAD $100 for those qualifying as students). Learn more about qualifying for student status. Registration fees will be payable via the Grenadine online payment platform hosted by Concordia University. Payment details will be sent with the offer of admission.

IBTN 2022 CONFERENCE ATTENDANCE FEES: Successful applicants who choose to attend the IBTN 2022 Conference in person will be asked to pay attendance fees to cover the cost of meals. The choice to attend the conference in person can be made after accepting their offer of admission in early March. In the meantime, applicants are asked to tentatively indicate their interest in attending the conference in person as they complete the Summer School application form.

APPLICANTS FROM LOWER AND MIDDLE-INCOME COUNTRIES: Applicants from lower and middle-income countries (LMICs) may be eligible for bursaries. Applicants based in LMICs are invited to identify themselves as such directly on the online application form. View list of eligible lower and middle-income countries.

TUITION FEES: For students seeking university credits, tuition fees will also apply and depend on the student’s status and the agreements between their university and Concordia University (see University Credit section).

What is the application deadline?

Applications are accepted until January 17, 2022, 11:59pm EST. NEW! Submissions are being accepted until February 28, 2022, 11:59pm EST from UQAM applicants only.

Once I receive my offer of admission, how do I register?

Candidates who receive an offer of admission will also receive a payment request for registration fees and/or confirmation of their eligibility to receive a tuition fee waiver. Candidates must confirm their admission to the Summer School by paying their registration fees. Registration fees must be paid by the deadline (see Timeline and Deadlines section).

Once payment is received, the IBTN team will register the candidate. Students requesting university credits for the Summer School program will be contacted by the IBTN team (see University Credit section).

What is the program schedule?

Hub sessions are held every day from Monday, May 16 to Thursday, May 19. Hub sessions are typically 3.5 hours long, and split into two 1.5 hour sessions with a 30-minute break. These sessions usually take place between 10am and 1:30pm (Eastern Time) and sessions will be recorded for individuals located in time zones that make it difficult for them to attend. Satellite sessions are typically 1.5 hours long. Additional sessions will be scheduled throughout the week for networking activities. Satellite sessions will be scheduled by individual groups in accordance with their time zone and their participants. Group scheduling should take place in April while participants work on their own on the course preparatory activities. Conference activities are held from the evening of Thursday, May 19 (opening cocktail and poster session) to the end of the day on Saturday, May 21. Details about conference activities will be announced in early 2022.

How do I withdraw from the Summer School?

The deadline to submit a request for withdrawal from the 2022 Summer School is April 1, 2022 23h59 EST. Your request for withdrawal must be directed to the IBTN Team at team@ibtnetwork.org. A non-refundable fee of $50 will be withheld. Students choosing to withdraw after this date may do so, but their registration fees will not be refundable.

I have other questions. Where can I get more information?

Email the IBTN Team at team@ibtnetwork.org

Lower and Middle Income Countries for the purposes of the 2022 Summer School application process

Based on the most recent World Bank classifications

Afghanistan
Algeria
Angola
Bangladesh
Benin
Bhutan
Bolivia
Burkina Faso
Burundi
Cabo Verde
Cambodia
Cameroon
Central African Republic
Chad
Comoros
Congo, Dem. Rep.
Congo, Rep.
Cote d’Ivoire
Djibouti
Egypt, Arab Rep.
El Salvador
Eritrea
Eswatini
Ethiopia
Gambia, The
Ghana
Guatemala
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Haiti
Honduras
India
Kenya
Kiribati
Korea, DPR
Kyrgyz Republic
Lao PDR
Lesotho
Liberia
Madagascar
Malawi
Mali
Mauritania
Micronesia
Moldova
Mongolia
Morocco
Mozambique
Myanmar
Nepal
Nicaragua
Niger
Nigeria
Pakistan
Papua New Guinea
Philippines
Rwanda
Sao Tome Principe
Senegal
Sierra Leone
Solomon Islands
Somalia
South Sudan
Sri Lanka
Sudan
Syrian Arab Republic
Tajikistan
Tanzania
Timor-Leste
Togo
Tunisia
Uganda
Ukraine
Uzbekistan
Vanuatu
Vietnam
West Bank Gaza
Yemen, Rep.
Zambia
Zimbabwe

IBTN 2022 Summer School – Application Tips

Summer School Alumni Comfort Sanuade offers tips to for preparing your IBTN 2022 Summer School application (in English).

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