Global Partners

Please take a moment to visit each partner's website. Each ASM partner provides a valuable service to the mission of the LabCap program and overall international community.

African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET)
AFNET helps prevent and control epidemics and other priority public health problems in Africa, by building capacity and improving public health systems through training and networking.

African Society for Laboratory Medicine (ASLM)
ASLM works to advance the laboratory profession and networks within Africa.

American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP)
ASCP provides excellence in education, certification, and advocacy on behalf of patients, pathologists, and laboratory professionals.

Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL)
APHL works to strengthen laboratories serving the public's health in the United States and globally.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
CDC is dedicated to protecting health and promoting quality of life through the prevention and control of disease, injury, and disability.

Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI)
CLSI promotes the development and use of voluntary consensus standards and guidelines within the health care community.

Fondation Mérieux
Fondation Mérieux works to serve the interests of public health by helping developing countries combat infectious diseases.

Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND)
FIND is devoted to developing and implementing diagnostic tools for poverty-related diseases.

Global Laboratory Initiative (GLI)
The World Health Organization's GLI provides a focus for tuberculosis (TB) within the framework of a multi-faceted yet integrated approach to laboratory capacity strengthening through a network of partners.

Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)
Regional Office of the World Health Organization
PAHO works to improve health and living standards of the countries of the Americas. It is internationally recognized as part of the United Nations system.

Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH)
PATH provides appropriate health technologies and sustainable, culturally relevant strategies, to communities worldwide.

Research Triangle Institute (RTI)
RTI is dedicated to improving the human condition by turning knowledge into practice through cutting-edge study and analysis in laboratory and chemistry services.

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
UNESCO encouraged international peace and universal respect for human rights by promoting collaboration among nations.

University Cheikh Anta Diop Chu (CADU)

Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (UPCH)
Cayetano Heredia University in Lima, Peru, is a prominent center of higher learning and scientific research in Latin America.

World Health Organization (WHO)
WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system.



Sister societies are Societies and Associations that have similar goals to ASM. ASM collaborates with our sister societies and participates in exchanges as well as conferences together.

Association of Microbiologists of India (AMI)
AMI contributs significantly towards the development of microbiology in India with an emphasis in areas of research, education, and commerce.

Austrian Society for Microbiology (ASM)
ASM works to advance the science of microbiology in Australia. Together with the American Society for Microbiology, ASM allows for the exchange of one member from each society to present an abstract at the annual General Meeting of the other society and to spend a week at a nearby research laboratory.

Federation of European Microbiological Societies (FEMS)
FEMS has 48 Member Societies from 36 European countries, linking more than 30,000 microbiologists. FEMS also provides funding for young scientists and organizers of microbiology-related events. 

European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Disease (ESCMID)

International Society of Microbial Ecology (ISME)
ISME fosters the exchange of scientific information by organizing international symposia as well as specific workshops, sponsoring publications, and promoting education/research.

Indo-US Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF)
The IUSSTF, established under an agreement between the Governments of India and the U.S. in March 2000, is an autonomous, not for profit society that promotes and catalyzes Indo-US bilateral collaborations in science, technology, engineering and bio-medical research through substantive interaction between government,academia and industry.

Pakistan Society for Microbiology (PSM)
Pakistan society for Microbiology is a non profit Organization dedicated to spreading awarness and discussing the latest information regarding Microbiology.

Society for General Microbiology (SGM)
SGM and ASM collaborate to offer a joint grant to support the reciprocal exchange of one member to present their research at the other society's main conference and to visit a research laboratory in that country.

Young Ambassadors of Science

ASM Young Ambassadors of Science are dynamic young leaders, who represent ASM in their home country, facilitating networking, professional development, and collaboration to strengthen science globally. ASM Young Ambassadors mobilize the next generation of scientists to develop innovative approaches to meet the Grand Challenges in Science.

ASM Global Travel Grant for Early Career Scientists

The ASM Global Travel Grant for Early Career Scientists fosters scientific exchange and collaboration with sister societies by providing future leaders in microbiology with an opportunity to present their research at a scientific meeting outside their home country.

Annual Deadline: January 31

  1. Description
  2. Eligibility
  3. Funding
  4. Criteria
  5. Application Process

Applicants will identify an official meeting of ASM sister society where their research would add significant value to the meeting program. A sister society includes any national or international scientific society with a microbiology focused mission. Examples include: UK Society of General Microbiology, Association of Microbiologists of India, Australian Society for Microbiology, International Society of Microbial Ecologists, etc.

Successful applicants receive financial support from ASM to deliver an oral presentation (preferable) or poster of their research at the scientific meeting and actively engage with potential collaborators.


  • Foster collaboration with sister societies
  • Identify and recognize future leaders in microbiology
  • Facilitate global knowledge sharing
  • Provide significant benefit to ASM members interested in presenting their research and forging collaborations outside their home country
  • Open to current ASM members from all countries
  • Current PhD (or equivalent) student or recipient of a PhD within past 5 years
  • Actively involved in research in the microbiological sciences
  • Up to $3,000 towards expenses associated with participation in the scientific meeting where the applicant’s research will be presented
  • Recognition in Microbe Magazine and on the ASM website
  • Funding dispersed upon receipt of proof of abstract acceptance from the society responsible for the proposed scientific meeting

Applicant Criteria

  • Demonstrates relevance of scientific meeting to proposed abstract and career goals
  • Demonstrates academic and scientific excellence
  • Demonstrates interest in international collaborations
  • Listed as an author on the proposed research
  • Proposed research has not been presented at a previous scientific meeting

Sister Society Criteria

  • Formally established as a scientific society, association or other member-based scientific organization
  • Demonstrated experience organizing scientific meetings with >200 attendees
  • Pending the abstract’s acceptance by host society, the sister society agrees to the following grant:
    • Will recognize ASM travel grantee in meeting program
    • Will waive meeting registration fee for ASM travel grantee
    • Will feature the applicant’s research through an oral (preferred) or poster presentation

Meeting Criteria

  • Non-ASM meeting
  • Microbiology-related topic
  • History of successful meetings on similar topic
  • Considered an official meeting of a national or international scientific society, association, etc.
  • Anticipated attendance of >200
  • Outside the applicant's home country/country of residence

Applications should be submitted to ASM International Affairs via the International Online Applications website, Applications must include:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • ASM Member Number
  • Area of scientific interest
  • Statement of career plans
  • Title and abstract of proposed research
  • Name, location and date of scientific meeting where research will be presented
  • Relevance of research and career plans to scientific meeting
  • Signed Statement of Support from host society
  • Letter of Reference from research supervisor
  • Travel budget, including how applicant will secure additional funds if needed

Country Ambassadors

Country Ambassadors are senior scientists that represent ASM in their home country, facilitating partnership and exchange with other scientists worldwide. There are currently 49 ASM Country Ambassadors.

Student Chapters


International student chapters promote the mission of ASM and offer educational and professional development resources and opportunities to students interested in microbiology and related sciences. The vision of this program is to foster a new generation of development leaders committed to science-based discoveries as well as to create a global environment that thrives on novel science exchanve by crossing traditional political borders in pursuit of shared scientific development. Email with questions regarding International Student Chapters.