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About The Award

The Black Puppy Foundation Award is an annual prize that is awarded to an enrolled PhD student. The award recipient uses the prize to fund a research trip to an international mental health conference of their choice.

In order to achieve The Foundation's objectives, papers submitted for consideration must be in the field of anxiety, depression or psychosis and specifically targeted at Australia's youth. The paper must be either published or have been accepted as "in press" in the 12 month period prior to the first of June of each year the award is offered. PhD students can be enrolled in any discipline and be enrolled at any Australian university. Students should provide a photo of themselves as well as a short biography for inclusion on the website should they receive the award.

Judging The Award

The Award will be judged based on the the following criteria:

  • The significance of the research question
  • The quality of the research
  • The quality of the research journal in which the paper has been published
  • The contribution that the paper makes to its field
Papers will be assessed by the following panel of mental health researchers:
  • Prof Pat McGorry (University of Melbourne)
  • Prof Ian Hickie (University of Sydney)
  • Prof Helen Christensen (Black Dog Institute)

Application Process


For more information on the application process, please contact us.

The applicant needs to provide proof of current enrolment, a brief statement of how the money will be used, and a letter of support from the student's supervisor stating that they approve of the planned travel. A brief report of one page will be required describing the conference and outcomes for the award recipient.