The David B. Feinsilver Award

Conference awards

The David B. Feinsilver Award

The David B. Feinsilver Award: A scholarship to fund travel expenses to the ISPS Congress

David B. Feinsilver, M.D. was a long-time staff member at the Chestnut Lodge Hospital in Rockville, Maryland, U.S.A, where he chaired its Symposium Committee. A former president of ISPS, the chair of its 1994 meeting in Washington, and the founder of ISPS-US, he established a fund before he died after a long illness.  This fund grants a scholarship to fund travel expenses to each ISPS International congress, for the best research or clinical paper on the psychotherapeutic treatment of the severely disturbed.

Applications for the 2026 David B. Feinsilver Award will open when registration for ISPS 2026 opens. More news coming soon.

If you are interested in applying for this grant you must indicate so during the ISPS International Congress abstract submission process. Applications will only be considered from people who cannot afford to attend the congress without financial support. The award will be given to the best research or clinical paper by a newcomer, who cannot otherwise afford to attend the congress.

Winner of the 2024 Award 

Alison Branitsky

Alison will be giving the presentation “What happens when an alternative becomes an addition? Online Hearing Voices Groups in the NHS” at the 23rd International Congress of the ISPS in Helsinki in June 2024.

Past Winners

  • Jason Haitana, New Zealand (2022)
  • Arpita Gupta, India (2019)
  • Noel Hunter, USA (2017)
  • Pankaj Suneja, India (2015)
  • Renana Elran, Israel (2013)
  • Debra Lampshire, New Zealand (2011)
  • Ishita Sanyal, Kolkata, India (2009)
  • Konstantia Zgantzouri, Crete, Greece (2006)

For futher information e-mail

Contributions to the David Feinsilver fund may be sent to the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region: CFNCR – Feinsilver Fund: 1112 16th Street NW, Suite 340; Washington, DC 20036.

Donation to ISPS

Your donation will help support the objectives of ISPS in advancing education, training and knowledge of mental health professionals in the treatment and prevention of psychotic mental disorders for the public benefit.