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Rafaelsen Young Investigators Award

In 1986 Ole Rafaelsen and William Bunney were instrumental in establishing a CINP programme supporting the attendance of young scientists at the XVth CINP Congress. That programme was posthumously named the Rafaelsen Fellowship Award to honour Dr. Rafaelsen, who died in 1987.

The recipients of the CINP 2020 World Congress Awards will be chosen by an international scientific jury in March 2020. Seven awardees will be selected and presented with the award consisting of travel expense reimbursement (amount depends on the country of departure; terms and conditions apply), three nights’ accommodation, a certificate, a USD 150 cash stipend for ground transportation and complimentary registration fee for the 2020 CINP World Congress in Taipei, Taiwan. Selected recipients will also have the opportunity to present their abstract orally as part of the Rafaelsen Symposium, after which a jury will name one of the presenters the winner of the CINP prize for best young researcher (who will receive a diploma).


  • All applications must be sponsored by a CINP member.
  • Applicants must be working within the area of neuropsychopharmacology and should have obtained a PhD or MD within the last 10 years prior to the last date of application.
  • The applicant commits to participate with an oral presentation at the 2020 CINP World Congress if elected recipient of the award.
  • In case an applicant is not elected recipient of one of the Rafaelsen Awards, he/she may elect to present the submitted work as a poster in one of the regular poster sessions.


The Call for Nominations is now closed. Thank you for all nominations received which are currently under review by the Fellowship & Awards Committee.

2020 Winners

  • Chandni Hindocha, United Kingdom
  • Lucie Bartova, Austria
  • Millie Rincón-Cortés, USA
  • Hon-Cheong So, China
  • Zachary Gerring, Australia
  • Pia Baldinger-Melich, Austria
  • Giselli Scaini, USA

2019 Winners

  • Fredrik Hieronymus, Sweden
  • Bin Zhang, China
  • Zheng Chang, Sweden

2018 Winners

  • Chiara Bortolasci, Brazil
  • Chie Shimmoto-Mitsuyma, Japan
  • Felipe Gomez, USA
  • Gabriel Rodrigo Fries, Brazil
  • Georgios Schortsauitis, Switzerland
  • Giovanni Abrahao Salum, Brazil
  • Ji-Seou Seo, USA
  • Mauish Kumar Jha, India
  • Petru Naudé, South Africa
  • Will Lawn, United Kingdom

2017 Winners

  • Fernando Caravaggio, Canada

2016 Winners

  • Anand Guruajan, Ireland
  • Daniel Quintana, Australia
  • Divya Mehta, Australia
  • Dawn Ionsecu, USA
  • Gregor Gryglewski, Austria
  • Giulia Treccani, Italy
  • Jee Hyun Kim, Australia
  • Jiamei Lian, Australia
  • Jihook Cha, Japan
  • Tom Freeman, United Kingdom

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