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SoF Travel Awards

The 2018 Travel Award Application is now closed
The application will be reopened once the next funding round begins

Application deadline: March 23, 2018

Click here to submit a Travel Awards request form

If you recieved a travel award and need reimbursement click here: Reimbursement Form.


The goal of this program is to provide postdoctoral fellows with financial support to present research at a national or international scientific conference.   

Administrative info

Applications will be submitted to the SoF and will be evaluated in March and October (due dates will be released and announced one month in advance of each session). Each evaluation cycle will award up to three grants of up to $1000 each. Grants are awarded as reimbursements for actual expenses incurred upon attending the conference for which the travel grant was awarded. Proof of conference acceptance and attendance as well as related receipts of expenses are required to receive the award money.


  • Only full-time postdoctoral associates at TSRI may apply. The awardee must still be TSRI-affiliated at the time of the conference.
  • Active participation in the meeting or conference (i.e., oral or poster presentation) is required.  In the case of co-authored papers, both authors are eligible.
  • The research project must be from work done at TSRI, not a previous institution.   
  • The selected conference must take place in the future (up to one year after the application deadline).
  • A postdoctoral associate can submit only one proposal per evaluation cycle.
  • Previous TSRI SoF Postdoc Travel Award recipients are not eligible.

Note: applicants who have never attended a meeting to present their current work and those with outstanding financial need are encouraged to apply.*

Specific Proposal Guidelines

Submit an application online, which includes:

  1. Curriculum Vitae: 4 pages maximum. An NIH Biosketch is not acceptable.
  2. Letter of Mentor Support:  Statement by faculty mentor in support of the applicant’s conference attendance. This letter should include a description of applicant’s contribution to the research project, an overview of the applicant's qualifications and capability to communicate the research described, and financial need, if applicable (one page maximum).
  3. Project Description (Includes the following two sections):
    • Purpose and significance of the project, including a summary of results and impact of the research to the field (one page maximum; figures may be included, if desired).

    • Value of the conference to the applicant’s educational and professional goals AND the value of the conference to the research group (one page maximum).

  4. Budget: Proposed budget including airfare, ground transportation, lodging, food, and conference registration (one page maximum).

Note: anything not related to conference attendance will not be considered for reimbursement.

Click here to submit an application form


A selection committee composed of volunteers from the entire TSRI community, will review the applications. Each application will be evaluated for quality of scientific communication, scientific merit, the applicant's credentials, the significance of the conference to the applicant's career, and financial need. The highest scoring applications will be funded.

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