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Sponsors are needed! To sponsor travel awards for the 2012 NPA Annual Meeting, please contact us.

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npa-2012conferencelogoThe National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) is pleased to offer travel awards for postdoctoral scholars to attend our 10th Annual Meeting, which will be held in San Francisco, California, March 16-18, 2012.  The awards will cover registration, lodging, and travel expenses, up to the limit of the award. Award amounts will vary, but the maximum amount awarded will be $1,000.

Awards will be competitively allocated and limited to one per institution. The number of awards granted will depend on the estimated cost of each application, matching funds available, and the amount of funds raised by the NPA.

Deadline for Submission:  COMPETITION NOW CLOSED.

Travel Award Sponsors to Date: Garnett-Powers & Associates, Inc.and Integrated DNA Technologies.


Goal of the Travel Award Program

To ensure the broadest possible representation of postdoctoral scholars at the 10th Annual Meeting.


To be eligible for a travel award, the applicant must:

  1. Be a postdoctoral scholar.
  2. Be an NPA dues-paying, Full Individual Member in good standing at time of application OR be sponsored by an NPA Sustaining (institutional) Member in good standing at time of application.
  3. If sponsored by a Sustaining Member, the applicant must have requested and been approved for Affiliate Membership at time of application.
  4. Submit all required application materials by 11:59 p.m. EST on Friday, December 16, 2011.

We strongly encourage applications from postdocs who:

  • Are members of underrepresented minority groups within their field of study;
  • Are pursuing research in the physical sciences, engineering, the humanities, and other disciplines outside of the life sciences;
  • Have the support of their home institution, including matching travel funds;
  • Have not received travel awards in the previous years;
  • Are from institutions not having received travel awards in previous years (tracking is NOT the responsibility of the applicant);
  • Are interested in becoming more involved with the NPA and willing to serve on a Committee of the Membership;
  • Are currently serving on a Committee of the Membership.

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Submitting an Application

A successful application will include the following:

  1. A completed application form; DOWNLOAD the 2012 Annual Meeting Travel Awards Application form.
  2. Letter of intent (please limit to one page) which describes:
    • Your interest and goals in attending the NPA’s 10th Annual Meeting
    • Your efforts to obtain travel funds from your institution or other organization, and the response.
    • Your affiliation and postdoc status.
  3. One-page CV or résumé.
  4. Budget justification for your expenses, which MUST include the Annual Meeting registration fee of $275 per person and lodging expenses for a minimum of two and a maximum of three nights at the Sir Francis Drake (450 Powell Street, San Francisco, CA 94102, approximately $175 plus taxes of 13% per night). Other expenses may include: 
    - Airfare and/or ground transportation expenses
    - Meal expenses while traveling
    - Cost of the dine-around meal, excluding alcoholic beverages, on Friday evening
    Please see "Restrictions" for more information on allowable expenses. Total award amounts will not exceed $1,000, and awards are often for less and may not cover all of the expenses.
  5. Please submit all of the required application materials by 11:59 p.m. EST, Friday, December 16, 2011, via e-mail attachment to cjphillips{at}
  6. The Travel Awards Selection Committee will review all applications and select recipients by the first week of February. Recipients will be notified shortly thereafter.

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  1. Travel expenses not allowable include: first class or business class travel; car rental fees; alcoholic beverages (including taxes and tips); meals purchased in lieu of meals provided as part of the Annual Meeting registration fee; pre- and post-meeting events, sightseeing; and other expenses deemed unreasonable by the Travel Awards Selection Committee.
  2. Travel award recipients are required to stay at the Sir Francis Drake for a minimum of two nights and a maximum of three nights.
  3. Travel award recipients are required to attend all three days of the meeting.

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Questions about the application process should be directed to Cathee Johnson Phillips, NPA Executive Director, by e-mail at cjphillips{at} or by phone at 202-326-6427. Thank you.

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