Accepting applications for the 2024 Holly Carsley Memorial Award

We are pleased to announce that the Holly Carsley Memorial Award has been renewed for 2024.

What is the Holly Carsley Memorial Award ?

Thanks to generous gifts from Dr. Holly Carsley’s family and friends, the Douglas Research Centre and the Douglas Foundation are happy to announce this year’s competition of the Dr. Holly Carsley Memorial Award to recognize the outstanding work of a Douglas resident, postdoctoral fellow or Ph.D. student pursuing research in the area of depression and suicide. The goal of the Award is to stimulate young researchers to perform high quality research that has the potential to prevent depression and suicide, and improve diagnosis and treatment of depression.



To be eligible for this award, the applicants must:

  • Be a resident in Psychiatry (research stream) presently conducting research or be registered in a doctoral-level program in an accredited university or be a postdoctoral fellow;
  • Have completed at least one year as resident in Psychiatry at the Douglas (for residents) or at least one year in research at the Douglas (for Ph.D. students and postdocs);
  • Be conducting research in the area of depression and/or suicide under the supervision of a principal investigator who is a member of the Douglas;
  • Show an excellent track record of past accomplishments as well as the demonstrated potential to contribute new research findings toward the objectives of this award (as described above).


Two prizes of $2,000

Application Procedure

The applicant should submit the following documents as a single PDF document:

  1. A curriculum vitae.
  2. A short explanation of why the applicant thinks he/she/they is/are the best candidate to receive this award (max 200 words).
  3. A description of the applicant’s research work (both past and planned) and its significance to the goal of the award as described above (max 500 words).
  4. A short letter of recommendation by the Douglas research supervisor (this letter can either be integrated by the applicant in the application file or sent directly by the supervisor to Colleen Carter,

Submit the PDF application document to Colleen Carter, at the email address:, with “Carsley application” as the subject line, before Friday April 5, 2024. Late submissions, and submissions that are incomplete or do not fulfill the above criteria will NOT be considered.

Award Announcement

Candidates will be notified of the results of the competition in May 2024.

For additional information, please contact Dr. Linda Booij,


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