Salzberg-Marlatt Travel Grant

Marlatt-Salzberg Travel Grant Sponsored by AMRIG (currently suspended)

The Grant

This grant provides funding for recipients to attend a conference related to the scientific study of meditation or contemplative practice. Applicants may apply to attend any conference on this topic of their choosing, including:

  • The Center for Mindfulness annual conference (April, Massachusetts)
  • Harvard’s Meditation & Psychotherapy conference (May, Massachusetts)
  • The Mind and Life Summer Research Institute (June, New York)
  • Mindfulness and Compassion: The Art and Science of Contemplative Practice conference (June, California)
  • The International Symposium for Contemplative Studies (October, Massachusetts)


If you are planning to attend a conference such as the Mind and Life Summer Research Institute that requires an application to attend, this grant will cover your application fee in addition to your other costs. If you are not accepted to the conference, you must notify AMRIG immediately; you may be able to use your award to attend a different conference instead.


There is no set minimum or maximum funding for this grant, but preference will be given to applications that minimize expense. The 2015 grant recipient received $700.


Who Is Eligible?

This grant is available to University of Arizona, NAU, and ASU:

  • Undergraduates
  • Graduate Students
  • Postdoctoral Scholars
  • Staff or recent alumni who are preparing to attend graduate school within the next few years

Alan Marlatt and Sharon Salzberg       

This grant is named in memory of Professor Alan Marlatt, and in honor of Sharon Salzberg.

Professor Marlatt was one of the world’s great clinical researchers. He devoted his life to helping people cope with substance abuse, and he combined his research and clinical interventions with a speed and artfulness that few others have matched. He spent much of the later part of his career developing and researching Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention, a treatment incorporating meditation to help people deal with their cravings for intoxicants. Professor Marlatt visited Tucson and addressed AMRIG in the fall of 2010 and unexpectedly passed away in the spring of 2011.

Sharon Salzberg is among the world’s most beloved and renowned teachers of meditation, and she has played a crucial role in bringing these practices to the West. The ancient Buddhist practices of vipassana (mindfulness) and metta (lovingkindness) are the foundations of her work. She inspired some of AMRIG’s founding members to devote their careers to meditation, and the donations collected at her AMRIG-sponsored visit to Tucson in 2011 helped raise some of the money for this grant program.

Application Materials

Applications for this grant should include:

  • Information about the conference you plan to attend. If it is one listed in this document, you can simply tell us the name. If you are requesting to attend a different conference, please provide a website link and a short justification of how this conference is related to meditation research
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Budget
  • Personal statement of less than 1000 words
  • 2 letters of recommendation (only 1 letter of recommendation required for Postdoctoral scholars).  One letter must be an academic reference but the other can be a personal or professional recommendation by somebody who knows the applicant well.  Recommenders may email these separately, or applicants may submit them with their other application documents.
  • A list of the top 5 – 10 books or publications that have influenced your view of meditation and/or your career path
  • Unofficial transcripts scanned and sent by email. An official transcript is not necessary. Graduate students and Postdoctoral scholars do not need to include undergraduate transcripts.

The personal statement should answer the following questions:

  1. What makes you interested in meditation science?
  2. What are your career goals?
  3. What is your research experience, if any?
  4. What is your personal meditation practice, if any?

Criteria for Judging Proposals

Proposals will score well if they meet the following criteria:

  • The proposal makes a clear case for how the applicant will contribute to the field of meditation research in the future by producing research, disseminating research, using the research in clinical practice, or other ways.
  • Preference will be given to those who practice meditation in their personal lives
  • The budget is reasonable and minimizes expense.
    • The budget is not limited to, but may include: air travel, ground transportation, lodging, per diem, and conference registration fees. While you may use the federal per diem rate, this is often quite a bit higher than the minimum necessary for daily food.
  • Transcript shows high GPA and some relevant coursework
  • One of the recommendation letters must come from faculty members, or someone involved in meditation work, and attest to the applicant’s promise in contributing to the field of meditation research, dissemination, or clinical applications.  The second letter can be a personal or professional recommendation by somebody who knows the applicant well.


How to Submit Your Application

This grant is currently suspended.

Applications should be emailed to no later than 11:59 PM MST on Friday, February 27th, 2015. Applicants will be notified of AMRIG’s decision by Friday, March 13th via email. Please do not send any documents other than by email, and include all documents in the same email. For any questions about the grant, please email