Introducing the 2024 Metabolic Mind Fresh Start Award

A $10,000 award created to brighten the futures of individuals who have fought hard to win back their mental health.

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Introducing the 2024 Metabolic Mind Fresh Start Award

A $10,000 award created to brighten the futures of individuals who have fought hard to win back their mental health.

Apply Now

Introducing the 2024 Metabolic Mind Fresh Start Award

A $10,000 award created to brighten the futures of individuals who have fought hard to win back their mental health.

Apply Now

Celebrating Resilience

Celebrating Resilience

Celebrating Resilience

Fresh Start honors the courage, strength, and resilience of individuals who have embraced ketogenic therapy to win back their mental health. The new award aims to empower these individuals to build a brighter future by providing a one-time prize of $10,000 to support their advocacy, education, or professional advancement.

Fresh Start honors the courage, strength, and resilience of individuals who have embraced ketogenic therapy to win back their mental health. The new award aims to empower these individuals to build a brighter future by providing a one-time prize of $10,000 to support their advocacy, education, or professional advancement.

Reignite Your Ambition After Recovery

Reignite Your Ambition After Recovery

Reignite Your Ambition After Recovery

Individuals suffering from serious mental illnesses must often set aside their goals and ambitions for years or decades to focus entirely on their mental health. Even after a robust recovery achieved with the help of advances in metabolic psychiatry, many individuals find that the years lost to illness can make restarting their lives challenging. Fresh Start was designed to assist these individuals in pursuing their personal and professional goals. 

Individuals suffering from serious mental illnesses must often set aside their goals and ambitions for years or decades to focus entirely on their mental health. Even after a robust recovery achieved with the help of advances in metabolic psychiatry, many individuals find that the years lost to illness can make restarting their lives challenging. Fresh Start was designed to assist these individuals in pursuing their personal and professional goals. 

How To Apply

The Fresh Start Award is open to individuals who have demonstrated resilience in overcoming serious mental health challenges through ketogenic therapy. Applicants should have an established pattern of publicly sharing their experience of mental illness and recovery and a clear vision for their future personal or professional goals.

Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Individuals Only
    Awards will be made to individuals. Applications from organizations will not be accepted.

  2. Successful KMT Treatment for 4+ Months
    Successful treatment of a diagnosed serious mental health condition with ketogenic therapy for a minimum of four months.

  3. Publicly Shared Your Recovery Journey
    A previous pattern of publicly sharing the experience of mental illness and recovery.  

  4. Clear Personal or Professional Goals
    Desire to pursue a personal or professional goal in the wake of recovery from mental illness. Examples include support for the pursuit of an educational degree, course or certification, a business or non-profit venture, advocacy work, or other life-enhancing experience.

Review Process

Metabolic Mind and Baszucki Group staff will make final decisions in consultation with external reviewers, including clinicians and individuals with lived experience. Semi-finalists will be invited to a virtual “get to know you” meeting to discuss their application. 

We value all of our community members who have benefited from ketogenic therapy, but due to limited capacity, Metabolic Mind will not be able to provide feedback on applications that were not selected. 

Application Submision

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Applicants are invited to submit the following materials:

Applicants are invited to submit the following materials:

  1. Personal Essay

The personal essay should be between 500 and 1,000 words. Please address all of the topics below. Be as creative as you would like.

The personal essay should be between 500 and 1,000 words. Please address all of the topics below. Be as creative as you would like.

  • Your past experience with a mental health condition, discovery and implementation of ketogenic therapy, and how this form of treatment has changed your life. 

  • Your journey toward publicly sharing your story, experience, and desire to continue inspiring others through your story.

  • Your vision for how you would use the award funds for personal growth. 

  • The impact this award could have on your life or the lives of others.

  • Your past experience with a mental health condition, discovery and implementation of ketogenic therapy, and how this form of treatment has changed your life. 

  • Your journey toward publicly sharing your story, experience, and desire to continue inspiring others through your story.

  • Your vision for how you would use the award funds for personal growth. 

  • The impact this award could have on your life or the lives of others.

  1. Two Letters of Support

Each letter should include the recommender’s relationship to the applicant and why the applicant should be considered for a Fresh Start Award.

Each letter should include the recommender’s relationship to the applicant and why the applicant should be considered for a Fresh Start Award.

  • A friend, family member, or associate.

  • Someone familiar with your journey but outside your immediate circle, such as a mentor, counselor, teacher, or professional associate.

  • A friend, family member, or associate.

  • Someone familiar with your journey but outside your immediate circle, such as a mentor, counselor, teacher, or professional associate.

  1. Personal Video

A two-to-five-minute video in which you describe your personal story, your journey to publicly sharing your story, and the dream(s) you wish to pursue.

A two-to-five-minute video in which you describe your personal story, your journey to publicly sharing your story, and the dream(s) you wish to pursue.

  • Note: our intention with the video is to get to know you and hear your story; don’t worry about the production quality.

  • Note: our intention with the video is to get to know you and hear your story; don’t worry about the production quality.

Optional supplemental materials

Any other materials that might help us understand your journey (links to websites, videos, art portfolios, published works, social media, etc.). Please note you will be limited to a maximum of 5 attachments/links.

Any other materials that might help us understand your journey (links to websites, videos, art portfolios, published works, social media, etc.). Please note you will be limited to a maximum of 5 attachments/links.

Key Dates

Key Dates

Jul 10, 2024: Application portal opens

Aug 8, 2024: Applications due

Sep 16, 2024: Finalists’ virtual meetings scheduled

Sep 30, 2024: Final decisions announced

Jul 8, 2024: Application portal opens
Aug 8, 2024: Applications due
Sep 16, 2024: Finalists’ virtual meeting
Sep 30, 2024: Final decisions announced

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a SurveyMonkey Apply account to apply for the Metabolic Mind Fresh Start Award Program?

Can international applicants apply?

What is the process for requesting nomination letters and/or support letters?

Can applicants view letters of support?

Can I resubmit letters of support?

What email address will notify my recommender(s)?

Is the deadline for recommenders the same as for applicants?

Is there a page or word limit for letters of support?

Can I submit my application before my recommendations have been submitted?

Have a question not answered above?

Do I need a SurveyMonkey Apply account to apply for the Metabolic Mind Fresh Start Award Program?

Can international applicants apply?

What is the process for requesting nomination letters and/or support letters?

Can applicants view letters of support?

Can I resubmit letters of support?

What email address will notify my recommender(s)?

Is the deadline for recommenders the same as for applicants?

Is there a page or word limit for letters of support?

Can I submit my application before my recommendations have been submitted?

Have a question not answered above?