Please note: You may only apply for one type of travel award. You can apply for both a travel award and a WICB Childcare Grant.

Due to NIH policy, ASCB will waive the meeting registration fee instead of offering travel reimbursement to individuals at the National Institutes of Health who are selected to receive a travel award.

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Undergraduate Student Travel Awards

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Award Overview:

Undergraduate Student Travel Awards are available to undergraduate students to cover expenses to attend the annual meeting. 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 San Francisco 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 educational and professional interests.

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.
  • Complete and Submit the Application– Provide your contact information and answer questions about yourself. 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. In your confirmation email you will receive a link that will enable you to change anything on your application or upload a new advisor letter if necessary until September 1, 2016.

Deadline and Disposition Notification:

The application deadline is September 1, 2016. A completed application includes:
  • Application form
  • Letter of recommendation
Applicants will be notified via email in early October regarding the status of their application. Questions? Click here.

Graduate Student Travel Awards

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Award Overview:

Graduate Student Travel Awards are available to graduate students at any stage of study and from any country to cover expenses to attend the annual meeting. 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 San Francisco 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.
  • Complete and Submit the Application – Provide your contact information and answer questions about yourself. 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 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. In your confirmation email you will receive a link that will enable you to change anything on your application or upload a new advisor letter if necessary until September 1, 2016.

Deadline and Disposition Notification:

The application deadline is September 1, 2016. A completed application includes:
  • Application form
  • Letter of recommendation
Applicants will be notified via email in early October regarding the status of their application. Questions? Click here.

Postdoctoral Fellow Travel Awards

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Award Overview:

Postdoctoral Travel Awards are available to postdocs at any stage of training and from any country to cover expenses to attend the annual meeting. 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 San Francisco 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.
  • Complete and Submit the Application – Provide your contact information and answer questions about yourself. 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. In your confirmation email you will receive a link that will enable you to change anything on your application or upload a new advisor letter if necessary until September 1, 2016.

Deadline and Disposition Notification:

The application deadline is September 1, 2016. A completed application includes:
  • Application form
  • Advisor letter
Applicants will be notified via email by early October regarding the status of their application. Questions? Click here.

Faculty at Teaching Institution Travel Awards

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Award Overview:

Faculty at Teaching Institution Travel Awards are available to e faculty members, with preference to those who are beginning their careers, are bringing students to the meeting, and/or those who demonstrate financial need. U.S. residency is not required. The award may be used to cover any expenses to attend the Annual Meeting. 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 proximity of the applicant’s institution to San Francisco 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, stage of professional development, and scientific merit.

Steps to Apply:

  • Submit Abstract- To qualify for consideration for a Faculty at Teaching Institution Travel Award, abstracts must be submitted to the meeting through the regular abstract submission process.
  • Complete and Submit the Application Provide your contact information and answer questions about yourself. Each applicant must complete this application separately.
  • Submit an Abbreviated CV and One- to Two-Page Statement– Please 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 1, 2016. In your confirmation email you will receive a link that will enable you to change anything on your application until September 1, 2016.

Applicants will be notified via email in early October regarding the status of their application.

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WICB Childcare Grants

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Grant Overview

The ASCB Women in Cell Biology (WICB) Committee, with funding from Nature Springer, is accepting applications for grant support to help offset the cost of childcare, enabling scientists with dependent children to attend the ASCB Annual Meeting. To qualify for a WICB childcare grant, an applicant must be an ASCB member or have recently submitted an application for ASCB membership. 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 Annual Meeting. Only one parent of a child or children may apply. You may apply for both a childcare grant and a travel award. 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 Annual 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 Annual Meeting with you to care for your child(ren) in that city.
  5. Childcare to be retained onsite at the ASCB Annual Meeting.
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International Travel Awards

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Award Overview:

ASCB is offering International Travel Awards to students and postdocs at any stage of training working outside of the United States. The maximum award is US$500. To qualify for a travel award, an applicant must be an ASCB member or have recently submitted an application for ASCB membership. The ASCB International Affairs Committee (IAC) will select the award winners on the basis of financial need, scientific merit, and stage of professional development.

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.
  • Complete and Submit the Application – Provide your contact information and answer questions about yourself. 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. In your confirmation email you will receive a link that will enable you to change anything on your application or upload a new advisor letter if necessary until September 1, 2016.

Deadline and Disposition Notification:

The application deadline is September 1, 2016. A completed application includes:
  • Application form
  • Letter of recommendation
Applicants will be notified via email in early October regarding the status of their application. Questions? Click here.

Immigrant (H-1B, J-1, or F-1 Visa) Travel Award

The immigration law firm of Getson & Schatz, P.C. is an ASCB Gold Corporate Member.

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Award Overview:

The lawyers at Getson & Schatz are offering 4 travel awards of $500 each to cover expenses for the 2016 ASCB Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA for junior scientists (graduate students, postdocs, or early career scientists).

To qualify, you must be a foreign national currently in the United States in H-1B, J-1, or F-1 status who will be presenting an abstract at the conference. You must be an ASCB member or have recently submitted an application for ASCB membership.

Award winners will be selected by an ASCB Review Committee on the basis of scientific merit and the applicant’s influence on his/her field.

Steps To Apply:

  • Submit Abstract- To qualify for consideration for an Immigrant 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.
  • Complete and Submit the Application – Provide your contact information and answer questions about yourself. 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 “Immigrant 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. In your confirmation email you will receive a link that will enable you to change anything on your application or upload a new advisor letter if necessary until September 1, 2016. You should address the letter of support to “Immigrant Travel Award Review Committee.”

Deadline and Disposition Notification:

The application deadline is September 1, 2016. A completed application includes:
  • Application form
  • Letter of recommendation
Applicants will be notified via email in early October regarding the status of their application. Questions? Click here.

Information for Award Winners

Winners of the travel award should send ASCB an electronic copy of their airfare or other travel receipt and will be able to pick up a check at the conference.

ICGEB Travel Awards

Supported by the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB).

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Award Overview:

The International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB) is offering travel awards to junior scientists (students, postdocs, or early career scientists) who are working in an ICGEB member country (click here to view a list of member countries). To qualify for a travel award, an applicant must be an ASCB member or have recently submitted an application for ASCB membership. The ASCB International Affairs Committee will select the award winners and provide awards ranging from $500-700 on the basis of financial need, scientific merit, and the potential benefit for future career development.

Steps To Apply:

  • Submit Abstract- To qualify for consideration for an ICGEB 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.
  • Complete and Submit the Application – Provide your contact information and answer questions about yourself. 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 “ICGEB Travel Award Review Committee.” The letter should address 1) the junior scientist’s need for financial assistance to attend the meeting, 2) how the meeting attendance will benefit the junior scientist’s professional development, and 3) the scientific merit of the junior scientist’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. In your confirmation email you will receive a link that will enable you to change anything on your application or upload a new advisor letter if necessary until September 1, 2016.

Deadline and Disposition Notification:

The application deadline is September 1, 2016. A completed application includes:
  • Application form
  • Letter of recommendation
Applicants will be notified via email in early October regarding the status of their application. Questions? Click here.

Minorities Affairs Committee (MAC) Travel Awards for Students and Postdocs

MAC travel awards are supported by a grant from the National Institutes of Health. To qualify for a travel award, you must be an ASCB member or have recently submitted an application for ASCB membership and you must be the first author on a submitted abstract. As this is a federally funded program, it is restricted to US citizens and green card holders. Individuals from the following groups who have been shown to be underrepresented in biomedical research are eligible for MAC travel awards: African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans/Alaska Natives who maintain tribal affiliation or community attachment, Hawaiian Natives and natives of the U.S. Pacific Islands. Additionally, individuals with disabilities, defined as those with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, are also eligible.

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Award Overview:

MAC Travel Awards are available to undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows, to cover expenses to attend the annual meeting. The maximum award is US$1800. To qualify for a travel award, an applicant must be an ASCB member or have recently submitted an application for ASCB membership. The proximity of the applicant’s institution to San Francisco will be taken into consideration when setting the award amount. The ASCB Minorities Affairs Committee will select the award winners on the basis of financial need, scientific merit, and educational and professional interests.

Steps To Apply for Undergraduates, Graduate Students and Postdocs:

  • Submit Abstract- To qualify for consideration for a MAC 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.
  • Complete and Submit the Application – Provide your contact information and answer questions about yourself. 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 “MAC Travel Award Review Committee.” The letter should address the applicants need for financial assistance to attend the meeting, how the meeting attendance will benefit the applicant, and the scientific merit of the applicants’ 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. In your confirmation email you will receive a link that will enable you to change anything on your application or upload a new advisor letter if necessary until September 1, 2016.

Deadline and Disposition Notification:

The application deadline is September 1, 2016. A completed application includes:
  • Application form
  • Letter of recommendation
Applicants will be notified via email in early October regarding the status of their application. Questions? Click here.

Minorities Affairs Committee (MAC) Travel Awards for Junior Faculty and Faculty at Undergraduate Teaching Institutions

MAC travel awards are supported by a grant from the National Institutes of Health. To qualify for a travel award, you must be an ASCB member or have recently submitted an application for ASCB membership and you must submit an abstract. As this is a federally funded program, it is restricted to US citizens and green card holders. Individuals from the following groups who have been shown to be underrepresented in biomedical research are eligible for MAC travel awards: African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans/Alaska Natives who maintain tribal affiliation or community attachment, Hawaiian Natives and natives of the U.S. Pacific Islands. Additionally, individuals with disabilities, defined as those with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, are also eligible.

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Award Overview:

MAC Travel Awards are available to junior faculty and faculty at undergraduate teaching institutions to cover expenses to attend the annual meeting. Preference will be given to those who are beginning their careers, bringing students to the meeting, and/or those who demonstrate financial need. The maximum award is US$1800. To qualify for a travel award, an applicant must be an ASCB member or have recently submitted an application for ASCB membership. The proximity of the applicant’s institution to San Francisco will be taken into consideration when setting the award amount. The ASCB Minorities Affairs 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 a MAC Faculty Travel Award, abstracts must be submitted to the meeting through the regular abstract submission process.
  • Complete and Submit the Application – Provide your contact information and answer questions about yourself. Each applicant must complete this application separately.
  • Submit an Abbreviated CV and One- to Two-Page Statement – Please 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 career and/or teaching.

Deadline and Disposition Notification:

The application deadline is September 1, 2016. A completed application includes:
  • Application form
  • Abbreviated CV and One-to Two Page Statement
Applicants will be notified via email in early October regarding the status of their application. Questions? Click here.
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