Travel Awards

Please select the appropriate travel award on the left for more information and to apply.

The deadline to apply for all awards is September 3, 2014.

Graduate Student Travel Awards

Award Overview:

Graduate Student Travel Awards are available to graduate students at any stage of study and from any country to cover expenses for transportation (including air fare, train fare, personal or rental car, taxi fare, etc.). To qualify for a travel award, an applicant must be an ASCB member or have recently submitted an application for ASCB membership. The maximum award is US$300 for students in the United States and US$400 for students in other countries. The proximity of the applicant’s institution from Philadelphia will be considered when setting the award amount. The ASCB Education Committee will select the award winners on the basis of financial need, stage of the applicant’s career, and scientific merit. Individuals who have received a previous ASCB Graduate Student Travel Award are not eligible to apply.

Steps To Apply:

  • Submit Abstract- To qualify for consideration for a Graduate Student Travel Award, abstracts must be submitted to the meeting through the regular abstract submission process. Applicants must be the first author on a submitted abstract. Once you successfully complete your abstract submission, you will receive a confirmation email with your abstract control number. The number will need to be entered on this award application.
  • Complete and Submit the ApplicationProvide your contact information, answer questions about yourself, and enter your abstract control number (see Step 1). Each applicant must complete this application separately.
  • Send Letter of Recommendation- A letter of recommendation from the principal investigator/advisor must be submitted with this travel award application. Address the letter of support to “Graduate Student Travel Award Review Committee.” The letter should address the 1) the student’s need for financial assistance to attend the meeting, 2) how the meeting attendance will benefit the student’s professional development, and 3) the scientific merit of the student’s work.

How To Send Your Letter of Recommendation:

Your advisor will be sent a URL through which he/she can directly upload a letter of recommendation. Do not upload more than one letter. If necessary, send an updated letter to Kelly McManus.

Deadline and Disposition Notification:

The application deadline is September 3, 2014. A completed application includes:

  • Application form, including abstract control number
  • Letter of recommendation

Applicants will be notified via email in mid-October regarding the status of their application. If you have questions, please contact Kelly McManus, at 301-347-9321.

Postdoctoral Fellow Travel Awards

Award Overview:

Postdoctoral Travel Awards are available to postdocs at any stage of training and from any country to cover expenses for transportation (including air fare, train fare, personal or rental car, taxi fare, etc.). To qualify for a travel award, an applicant must be an ASCB member or have recently submitted an application for ASCB membership. The maximum award is US$300. The proximity of the applicant’s institution to Philadelphia will be taken into consideration when setting the award amount. The ASCB Education Committee will select the award winners on the basis of financial need, scientific merit, and stage of professional development. Individuals who have previously received an ASCB Graduate Student Travel Award or a Minorities Affairs Committee Travel Award are eligible to apply for a Postdoctoral Travel Award. However, you cannot receive more than one type of ASCB award in any given year and you cannot apply for a postdoc travel award if you have received one in the past.

Steps To Apply:

  • Submit Abstract- To qualify for consideration for a Postdoc Travel Award, abstracts must be submitted to the meeting through the regular abstract submission process. Applicants must be the first author on a submitted abstract. Once you successfully complete your abstract submission, you will receive a confirmation email with your abstract control number. The number will need to be entered on the travel award application.
  • Complete and Submit the ApplicationProvide your contact information, answer questions about yourself, and enter your abstract control number (see Step 1). Each applicant must complete this application separately.
  • Send Letter of Recommendation- A letter of recommendation from the principal investigator/advisor must be submitted with this travel award application. Address the letter of support to “Postdoc Travel Award Review Committee.” The letter should address 1) the postdoc’s need for financial assistance to attend the meeting, 2) how the meeting attendance will benefit the postdoc’s professional development, and 3) the scientific merit of the postdoc’s work.

How To Send Your Letter of Recommendation:

Your advisor will be sent a URL through which he/she can directly upload a letter of recommendation. Do not upload more than one letter. If necessary, send an updated letter to Kelly McManus.

Deadline and Disposition Notification:

The application deadline is September 3, 2014. A completed application includes:

  •  Application form, including abstract control number
  • Advisor letter

Applicants will be notified via email in mid-October regarding the status of their application. If you have questions, please contact Kelly McManus, at 301-347-9321.

Undergraduate Faculty Travel Awards

Award Overview:

Undergraduate Faculty Travel Awards are available to primarily undergraduate faculty members, with preference to those who are beginning their careers and/or those who demonstrate financial need. U.S. residency is not required. The award may be used to cover expenses for transportation (including air fare, train fare, personal or rental car, taxi fare, etc., or hotel expenses). To qualify for a travel award, an applicant must be an ASCB member or have recently submitted an application for ASCB membership. The maximum award is US $500. The ASCB Education Committee will select the award winners on the basis of financial need, stage of professional development, and scientific merit.

Steps To Apply:

  • Submit Abstract- To qualify for consideration for an Undergraduate Faculty Travel Award, abstracts must be submitted to the meeting through the regular abstract submission process. Once you successfully complete your abstract submission, you will receive a confirmation email with your abstract control number. The number will need to be entered on this award application.
  • Complete and Submit the ApplicationProvide your contact information, answer questions about yourself, and enter your abstract control number (see Step 1). Each applicant must complete this application separately.
  • Submit an Abbreviated CV and One- to Two-Page Statement- After you complete the online application, you will receive an email asking you to upload your abbreviated CV and a one- to two-page statement 1) explaining your objectives in attending the meeting, and 2) describing how attendance at the meeting will have an impact on your teaching.

Deadline and Disposition Notification:

The application deadline is September 3, 2014. Applicants will be notified via email in mid-October regarding the status of their application. If you have questions, please contact Kelly McManus, at 301-347-9321.

Undergraduate Student Travel Awards

Award Overview:

Undergraduate Student Travel Awards are available to undergraduate students to cover expenses for transportation (including air fare, train fare, personal or rental car, taxi fare, etc.). To qualify for a travel award, an applicant must be an ASCB member or have recently submitted an application for ASCB membership. The maximum award is US$300. The ASCB Education Committee will select the award winners on the basis of financial need, scientific merit, and educational and professional interests. The proximity of the applicant’s institution from Philadelphia will be considered when setting the award amount.

Steps To Apply:

  • Submit Abstract- To qualify for consideration for an Undergraduate Student Travel Award, abstracts must be submitted to the meeting through the regular abstract submission process. Applicants must be the first author on a submitted abstract. Once you successfully complete your abstract submission, you will receive a confirmation email with your abstract control number. The number will need to be entered on this award application.
  • Complete and Submit the ApplicationProvide your contact information, answer questions about yourself, and enter your abstract control number (see Step 1). Each applicant must complete this application separately.
  • Send Letter of Recommendation- A letter of recommendation from the principal investigator/advisor must be submitted with this travel award application. Address the letter of support to “Undergraduate Student Travel Award Review Committee.” The letter should address the undergraduate’s need for financial assistance to attend the meeting, how the meeting attendance will benefit the undergraduate, and the scientific merit of the undergraduate’s work.

How To Send Your Letter of Recommendation:

Your advisor will be sent a URL through which he/she can directly upload a letter of recommendation. Do not upload more than one letter. If necessary, send an uploaded letter to Kelly McManus.

Deadline and Disposition Notification:

The application deadline is September 3, 2014. A completed application includes:

  • Application form, including abstract control number
  • Letter of recommendation

Applicants will be notified via email in mid-October regarding the status of their application. If you have questions, please contact Kelly McManus at 301-347-9321.

WICB Childcare Grants

Grant Overview

The ASCB Women in Cell Biology (WICB) Committee, with funding from Nature Publishing Group, is accepting applications for grant support to help offset the cost of childcare, enabling scientists with dependent children to attend the ASCB/IFCB Meeting. Applicants are required to present a talk and/or poster at the meeting and will be notified of the disposition of their application by September 24. Grants will be in the form of reimbursement of qualified expenses up to the designated limit to be remitted at the ASCB/IFCB Meeting. Only one parent of a child or children may apply. Priority will be given to students and early-career scientists.

Funds may be applied to the following needs:

  1. Home-based childcare expenses incurred because of meeting attendance (funds may not be applied to normal ongoing expenses).
  2. Travel of a relative or other care provider to your home to care for your child(ren) while attending the ASCB/IFCB Meeting.
  3. Travel of your child(ren) to the location of a care provider who does not live in your community.
  4. Travel of a care provider to the ASCB/IFCB Meeting with you to care for your child(ren) in that city.
  5. Childcare to be retained onsite at the ASCB/IFCB Meeting.

For any questions, please contact Deborah McCall.

International Travel Awards (for scientists from developing countries)

Award Overview:

International Travel Awards are available to students at any stage of training living in developing countries (Click here to view a list of  eligible developing countries) to cover expenses for transportation (including airfare, train fare, taxi fare, etc.). The maximum award is US$1,500. The ASCB International Affairs Committee (IAC) will select the award winners on the basis of financial need, scientific merit, and stage of professional development. Individuals who have previously received an ASCB Graduate and Postdoc Student Travel Award or a Minorities Affairs Committee Travel Award are eligible to apply for an International Travel Award. However, you cannot receive more than one type of ASCB award in any given year.

Steps To Apply:

  • Submit Abstract- To qualify for consideration for an International Travel Award, abstracts must be submitted to the meeting through the regular abstract submission process. Applicants must be the first author on a submitted abstract. Once you successfully complete your abstract submission, you will receive a confirmation email with your abstract control number. The number will need to be entered on the travel award application.
  • Complete and Submit the Application- Provide your contact information, answer questions about yourself, and enter your abstract control number (see Step 1). Each applicant must complete this application separately.

Send Letter of Recommendation- A letter of recommendation from the principal investigator/advisor must be submitted with this travel award application. Address the letter of support to “International Travel Award Review Committee.” The letter should address 1) the student’s need for financial assistance to attend the meeting, 2) how the meeting attendance will benefit the student’s professional development, and 3) the scientific merit of the student’s work.

How To Send Your Letter of Recommendation:

Your advisor will be sent a URL through which he/she can directly upload a letter of recommendation. Do not upload more than one letter. If necessary, send an updated letter to Stella Salzer.

Deadline and Disposition Notification:

The application deadline is September 3, 2014. A completed application includes:

  • Application form, including abstract control number
  • Advisor letter

Applicants will be notified via email in mid-October regarding the status of their application. If you have questions, please contact Stella Salzer, at 301-347-9302.

Underrepresented Minorities (URMs) Travel Awards

Unfortunately, due to discontinued NIH funding for these travel awards, URMs should apply for the travel awards appropriate to them and indicate on the application forms that they are URMs).

Testimonials

I loved having the opportunity to attend seminars that taught me how to improve myself as a leader, a student, and a scientist. I am so thankful to ASCB for its generous award that helped make this trip possible for me.

Kate Thompson, Undergraduate student Mississippi State University

I value the generosity of ASCB and its continued effort to provide financial support to help students and postdocs attend the annual meeting. Receiving the childcare award eased the financial burden associated with attending a scientific conference, and was greatly appreciated!

 

Christa Cortesio, Postdoctoral fellow University of California, Berkeley

The travel award made it possible for my student and me to attend since I don’t have access to enough funds to go without assistance. My student presented her work and that I connected with colleagues and learned about cutting edge work in cell biology. It is like getting multiple meetings in one! Thank you for the opportunity to attend.

 

Amy Springer, Faculty Siena College

The childcare award offers fantastic support for dual career families. My husband and I used the award so we could both attend this year’s ASCB meeting. Since our mutual success is essential for our future, this was extremely helpful.

 

Megan C. King, Assistant Professor Yale University

The childcare award allowed me to enjoy the meeting and focus on the science with less guilt and marital strain.

 

Eric Griffis, Faculty University of Dundee

As an international student, it is difficult to obtain funding to attend research events and programs on a national scale. This ASCB travel award enabled me to participate in my first national research conference, where I won first place in the Minorities Affairs Committee poster competition. This award gave me the opportunity to contribute to the scientific community while learning from others. I am greatly appreciative.

 

Jessica Ricketts Barry University

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