FAQ – HBIC Award Program Mentor

Frequently Asked Questions about Mentorship

Are mentors involved in submitting the award application?

The submission process is designed to be led by the applicant, not the mentor. Mentors are asked to support the applicant by providing them with the required international mentor’s letter of support and discussing the proposed program of work prior to submission.


Do mentors need to be affiliated with one of sponsoring organization?

Yes. You must be affiliated with one of the six sponsoring societies (APS, SBM, SfHP, DVGM, IBTN, or any ISBM member society). You do not need to be in the same society as your mentee.

However, if you are from a developing country in which there are currently no active behavioral medicine organizations, you are eligible to serve as mentor for projects sponsored by ISBM, APS, and SBM without any membership requirement.


Who are the sponsoring organisations? The International Society of Behavioral Medicine (ISBM), the Society for Health Psychology (APS Division 38), the American Psychosomatic Society (APS), the Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM), the German Society for Behavioral Medicine and Behavioral Modification (DGVM, or Deutsche Gesellschaft für Verhaltensmedizin and Verhaltensmodifikation), and the International Behavioural Trials Network (IBTN).


Can I mentor more than one applicant?

You can only mentor one applicant per year.


Does my mentee have to be a member of the same sponsoring society I am?

No, your international mentee can be a member of any society involved in the award (including any sponsoring society; see list below or ISBM website).


When will funds be released for use?

Exact timing of the release of funds is at the discretion of each society awarding the prize, however in past years, the funds have been released as soon as practical so as not to delay the collaboration.


I am from a low or lower-middle income country in which there is no sponsoring organization. Am I still eligible to apply?

Yes. Mentors from low or lower-middle income countries in which there is no sponsoring organisation or member society will automatically be considered for the ISBM award. IBTN membership is free. Special consideration will be given to applicants from these countries.


When will my mentee be notified of the outcome of their application? For the 2023 award competition, applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by email in April 2023.



Complete the mentor application form – suggested deadline for the purposes of the 2023 competition is December 23, 2022.



If you have additional questions, please contact us at H.B.InternationalAward@gmail.com