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2020 NPA Annual Conference Travel Awards
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18th NPA Annual Conference

 

Call for Applications: 18th Annual Conference Travel Awards

Submission deadline: Monday, October 7, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. ET

Notification of proposal decision: November 30, 2019

Call for Applications for Travel Awards

The NPA is pleased to offer travel awards for postdoctoral scholars to attend the 18th Annual Conference, which will be held at the San Diego Marriott Mission Valley, San Diego, CA, from March 27 - 29, 2020. The awards will first cover registration and lodging and then cover travel expenses up to the limit of the award. Travel award amount will vary, but the maximum amount will be $1,000 per award. In addition to the travel award, you may also apply for the childcare support award. If you receive both awards, the maximum amount awarded will be $1,000 total.

Awards will be competitively allocated and limited to one individual 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 7, 2019


Goal of the Travel Award Program

To ensure the broadest possible representation of postdoctoral scholars at the NPA Annual Conference.


Eligibility

Submit all required application materials by 11:59 p.m. ET on Monday, October 7, 2019.

To be eligible for a travel 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.

We strongly encourage applications from postdoctoral scholars who:

  • Are members of underrepresented groups within their field of study (See the NPA Diversity Statement and Statement of Inclusion for more information);
  • 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;
  • Are attending the NPA Annual Conference for the first time;
  • Are planning on creating or growing a postdoctoral association (PDA) or postdoctoral program at their institution;
  • Are involved with a postdoctoral association (PDA) at their institution;
  • 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;
  • Are presenting a poster or workshop at the 2020 Annual Conference.

How to Submit

A successful application will include the following:

  1. A completed application form.
  2. One-page letter of intent which describes:
  3. Your interest and goals in attending the NPA’s 18th Annual Conference.
    1. Your efforts to obtain travel funds from your institution or other organization, and the response.
    2. Your affiliation and postdoc status.
    3. Your contributions to your local postdoc community or PDA (if applicable).
  4. CV, résumé or NIH/NSF biosketch.
  5. Budget justification for your expenses, which MUST include:
    1. Annual Conference registration fee of approximately $358 (Full, Individual Member) per person
    2. Lodging expenses for a minimum of two and a maximum of three nights at the San Diego Marriott Mission Valley, 8757 Rio San Diego Dr, San Diego, CA 92108 ($149 per night plus taxes).
    3. Budget justification for other expenses*, which may include:
      1. Airfare and/or ground transportation expenses
      2. Meal expenses while traveling to/from San Diego
      3. Meal expenses while attending the meeting that are not part of the Annual Conference registration fee

Please submit all of the required application materials by 11:59 p.m. EST, Monday, October 7, 2019 using the 2020 Annual Conference Travel Award application form.

The awards subcommittee of the NPA Meetings Committee will review all applications, and recipients will be notified in November by the NPA.

*Please see "Restrictions" for more information on allowable expenses. Total award amount will not exceed $1,000; 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 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 Conference registration fee;
  • sightseeing;
  • expenses of other accompanying travelers;
  • other expenses deemed unreasonable by the awards subcommittee.

Travel award recipients are required to attend all three days of the meeting.

Travel award recipients are required to stay at the San Diego Marriott Mission Valley for a minimum of two nights.


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.



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