ISRTP Mentee/Trainee Overview

Is your objective to make a career in the field of sleep research? Apply to participate in the International Sleep Research Training Program, a one-year mentorship program organized by World Sleep Society. As an ISRTP mentee, you will be matched with a high-level expert in sleep research that suits your area of interest. You will work on a research project, further developing your research skills under your mentor’s guidance. In addition, you will participate in regular meetings with other ISRTP mentees to build an international network of support and collaboration with other young researchers.

Applications are accepted year-round for the next class of ISRTP mentees, but applications must be submitted by March 31 to qualify for the next class of the year, which always begins on July 1. Early acceptance is possible to help you arrange for your travel and accommodation at your host location. Please contact World Sleep Society with any questions and to assist with your application.

May 28, 2024 Update: Applications are no longer being accepted for the 2024 – 2025 ISRTP year, which begins on July 1, 2024. However, please still feel welcome to apply for the following year or to contact World Sleep Society for more information on the program.

Key Topics Covered in ISRTP

  • Research study development, implementation and replication (including study design, selection of specific aims and outcomes, data analysis, authorship, and ethical concerns)
  • Clinical exposure to management of sleep disorders
  • Scientific communication skills (including presenting and publishing results)
  • Obtaining and managing research funds
  • Career development

Key Mentee Outcomes

  • Acquisition of knowledge and understanding of sleep science
  • Acquisition of research skills
  • Clinical exposure to the management of sleep disorders
  • Accepted manuscripts
  • Funded grants
  • Academic and societal leadership

Mentee Application Process

To apply as a Mentee/Trainee in the program, applicants must first complete a Communication Skills/English intake interview, conducted by World Sleep Society. During this interview, the Mentee/Trainee must cover the motivation behind application, as well as prior research experience. Additionally, the following criteria must be met:

  • Education requirement: PhD, MD, or equivalent degree
  • Completed application
  • A personal statement detailing plans for research and how to develop sleep research in country of origin (max 500 words)
  • Biosketch
  • Letter of support from home mentor related to academic performance
  • Letter of support from home institution
  • Two letters of support from members of home institution who are active in research
  • Copy of funding letter or evidence of funding OR provisional status until letter of funding received

Eligibility Criteria

  • Education requirement: PhD, MD, or equivalent degree
  • Communication skills: 20-minute English intake interview
  • Funding: Copy of funding letter or evidence of funding OR provisional status until letter of funding received * Disclaimer: If funding is not received, individual is unable to continue program
  • Availability to commit to a one-year program (July 1 to June 30)
  • Active standing as a member of World Sleep Society. To become a member visit worldsleepsociety.org/join.


Review list of current ISRTP Mentors & Sites.

Learn more about how to become ISRTP Mentors & Sites.