SOAP/Kybele International Outreach Grant

The SOAP/Kybele International Outreach Grant provides funding needed to get involved with international outreach projects and encourages research in collaboration with host countries to enhance the practice of obstetric anesthesia.

Two separate grants are available in the amount of up to $5,000 and $2,500 each to reimburse travel and related expenses for work in a country where a Kybele or another outreach program targeting obstetric anesthesia is being conducted. In the current travel environment, we recognize the challenges outreach projects face and an expanded scope of reasonable expenses will be eligible.

Click here for a list of past recipients and research topics. To learn about Kybele programs visit the Kybele website.  

Grant Amount

Grant #1: Up to $5,000
Grant #2: Up to $2,500

Application Deadline

Applications Period Opens: February 6, 2024
Application Deadline: April 9, 2024


  1. The applicant must be a member of SOAP in good standing.
  2. Submit a proposal for a research project. Please indicate the grant amount of interest (up to $5,000 or up to $2,500) based on estimated travel expenses. Applicants may have a specific research project in mind, while others might not yet have a concrete plan, potential projects could cover a wide range of topics such as:
    1. Clinical studies
    2. Public health policy
    3. Database formation
    4. Improvement of infrastructure
  3. The proposed research project should be delineated with the understanding that input from the host collaborative team will be a large part of the final iteration. Interested individuals should discuss potential research projects with team leaders before applying and specify the site of planned work.
  4. Time frame: The funding is to support up to two outreach trips to be conducted over two years.
  5. An annual progress report must be submitted to the SOAP International Outreach Committee.
  6. The applicant is required to submit work resulting from this grant for presentation at a SOAP Annual Meeting. Any publications or presentations resulting from this funding should contain the statement, "funded by the SOAP/ Kybele International Outreach Grant."

Application Documents

Submit all documents to [email protected] (include “SOAP/ Kybele International Outreach Grant” in the subject line). Documents should be in 12-point font (Arial or Times Roman preferred) Microsoft Word format, with at least 0.75-inch margins).

  1. Letter from the Department Chair or Chair’s designee addressing the applicant’s suitability (i.e. ability to teach, adapt, be flexible, initiate and complete a research project) and confirming the department’s commitment to granting the time needed to fulfill the requirements of the grant
  2. Letter from the fellowship director (if applicable) highlighting the fellow’s suitability for the program
  3. Curriculum vitae
  4. One page highlighting previous experience (if any) and motivation for seeking the grant
  5. A one- to three-page research project proposal, which should include:
    1. Title
    2. Specific aim(s)
    3. Significance
    4. Methods
    5. Anticipated impact
    6. Potential collaborators
    7. Country/Site of proposed work
  6. Letters of support: A minimum of one which must address the applicant’s suitability for the program (i.e., ability to teach, adapt, be flexible, initiate and complete a research project). Ideally this letter should come from a leader within the outreach program speaking to the suitability of this project as it aligns with their program.
  7. Budget: Please specify expected costs for travel, accommodations and other reasonable expenses.


Proposals and letters of support must be received by the posted deadline. Proposals will be evaluated and applicants will be notified using the contact information provided in applicant materials. The recipients will be announced in May.


For any questions, please email [email protected] and include “SOAP/Kybele International Outreach Grant” in the subject line.