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Call for Applications:
Childcare Support Awards

Submission deadline: Monday, October 2, 2017, 11:59 p.m. ET
Notification of proposal acceptance or decline: November 30, 2017

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Background


The National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) is pleased to offer childcare support awards for postdoctoral scholars to attend our 16th Annual Conference, which will be held at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel, Cleveland, Ohio, April 6 - 8, 2018. The awards will be used to cover childcare expenses while attending the NPA Annual Conference, up to the limit of the award. Childcare support award amounts will vary, but the maximum amount awarded will be $500. You may also apply for the travel award in addition to the childcare support award. If you receive both awards, the maximum amount awarded will be $1000 total.


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, and the amount of funds raised by the NPA. Applicants are strongly encouraged to seek matching funds from their institutions and to include that information in their applications.


Deadline for submission: Monday, October 2, 2017

 

Goal | Eligibility | How to Submit | Restrictions | Questions


Goal of the Childcare Support Award Program


To foster a family-friendly Annual Conference by providing childcare support to postdoctoral scholars who are parents or legal guardians.


Eligibility


To be eligible for a childcare support award, the applicant must:

  1. Be a postdoctoral scholar.
  2. Be an NPA Full, Individual Member in good standing at the time of application –OR– be an Affiliate Member in good standing at the time of application.

Submit all required application materials by 11:59 p.m. EST on Monday, October 2, 2017.


We strongly encourage applications from postdoctoral scholars who:

  • Are members of underrepresented minority groups within their field of study (See the NPA Diversity Statement and Statement of Inclusion for more information);
  • Are employed in the physical sciences, engineering, the humanities, and other disciplines outside of the life sciences;
  • Have the support of their home institution, including institutionally-provided childcare support for travel;
  • Have not received childcare support awards in the previous years;
  • Are from institutions not having received childcare support awards in previous years;
  • Are attending the NPA Annual Conference for the first time;
  • 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; and/or,
  • Will not be able to attend the NPA Annual Conference without support for childcare.

How to Submit


A successful application will include the following:

  1. A completed application form: 2018 Annual Conference Childcare Support Awards Application.
  2. One-page letter of intent which describes:
    1. The circumstances that prompt you to request this award.
    2. How support for childcare will help you to attend the NPA Annual Conference.
    3. Inquiries made at your home institution to obtain internal childcare support for travel.
    4. Your affiliation and postdoc status.
    5. How attending the NPA Annual Conference will benefit you and/or the postdoctoral community at your institution.
  3. CV, résumé or National Institutes of Health/National Science Foundation biosketch.
  4. Budget justification for caregiver expenses that will be covered. The total award amount will not exceed $500. The following options are offered:
    1. Expenses for home-based childcare that are incurred because of attendance at the NPA Annual Conference;
    2. Expenses for childcare outside your home that are incurred because of attendance at the NPA Annual Conference;
    3. Expenses for caregiver to accompany you to the NPA Annual Conference such as transportation, meals, etc.;
    4. Expenses for childcare at/near the conference location;
    5. Other expenses* (please explain in question 12 on the application form).

Please submit all of the required application materials by 11:59 p.m. EST, Monday, October 2, 2017 using the 2018 Annual Conference Childcare Support Award Application.


The awards subcommittee will review all applications, and recipients will be notified no later than November 2017.


*Please see "Restrictions" below for more information on allowable expenses. Total award(s) amount for any individual will not exceed $500 (childcare support award) or $1,000 (childcare support and travel award, or just travel award); the award is often less than this amount and usually does not cover all of the expenses related to attending the NPA Annual Conference.


Restrictions


Travel expenses not allowed 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 Conference registration fee;
  • Sightseeing; and
  • Other expenses deemed unreasonable by the awards subcommittee.

Please note, all childcare support award recipients are required to attend the full three days of the conference. 


Questions


Questions about the application process should be directed to the NPA staff, by email at contact@nationalpostdoc.org or by phone at 301-984-4800.

 

To sponsor travel awards or other sessions for the 2018 NPA Annual Conference, please view the 2018 Annual Conference Sponsorship opportunities.




Childcare Support Award Application Form
Submission Deadline: Monday, October 2, 2017, 11:59 p.m. ET

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