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Call for Applications for the 17th Annual Conference Childcare Support Awards
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17th Annual Conference

April 12 - 14, 2019
Orlando, FL

Call for Applications:
Childcare Support Awards

Submission deadline: Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 11:59 p.m. ET
Notification of proposal acceptance or decline: December 2018

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The National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) is pleased to offer childcare support awards for postdoctoral scholars to attend our 17th NPA Annual Conference, which will be held at the Rosen Centre Hotel, Orlando, Florida, April 12 - 14, 2019. The awards will be used to cover childcare expenses while attending the NPA Annual Conference, up to the limit of the award. 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 applicant, matching funds available, 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: Wednesday, November 7, 2018


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.


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

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

Submit all required application materials by 11:59 p.m. EST on Wednesday, November 7, 2018.

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 a travel and/or childcare support awards in the previous years;
  • Are from institutions not having received childcare support awards in previous years;
  • Are first-time meeting attendees; 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: 2019 Annual Conference childcare support awards application.
  2. 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; and/or
    5. Other (please explain on the application form).
  3. CV, résumé or National Institutes of Health/National Science Foundation biosketch.
  4. Description of circumstances that prompt you to request this award including:
    1. How support for childcare will help you to attend the NPA Annual Conference.
    2. Inquiries made at your home institution to obtain institutionally-funded childcare support for travel.

Please submit all of the required application materials by 11:59 p.m. EST, Wednesday, November 7, 2018 using the 2019 Annual Conference childcare support award application.

The awards subcommittee will review all applications, and recipients will be notified no later than December 31, 2018.

*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); the award is often less than this amount and usually does not cover all of the expenses related to attending the NPA Annual Conference.


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/or
  • Other expenses deemed unreasonable by the awards subcommittee.

Childcare support award recipients are required to attend the full three days of the conference.



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


To sponsor travel awards or other sessions for the 2019 NPA Annual Conference, please view the 2019 Annual Conference Sponsorship opportunities.

Childcare Support Award Application Form
Submission Deadline: Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 11:59 p.m. ET

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