Travel Awards

Important Dates

November 1, 2017: Travel awards application opens
January 16, 2018: Travel awards applications close*
*Unless noted otherwise. 

ASM Microbe 2018 Travel Awards: 

  1. Outstanding Abstract Awards
  2. Infectious Disease Fellows Program
  3. ASM Infectious Disease (ID) Travel Award
  4. ASM Student and Postdoctoral Travel Award
  5. Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Travel Award for Scientists from Low and Low-Middle Income Countries
  6. The Richard and Mary Finkelstein Student Travel Award
  7. Carlyn Halde Latin American Student Travel Award
  8. ASM Microbe Minority Travel Award
  9. ASM-FEMS Mäkelä-Cassell Travel Award for Early Career Scientists
  10. ASM New Tech Professional Development Award Program 

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Outstanding Abstract Awards

Sponsored by ASM and determined by the ASM Microbe Program Committee, these awards highlight outstanding abstracts presented by students, residents, or medical/clinical fellows. All abstracts submitted by the deadline will be considered for these awards. Awards will include a cash prize of $200. 

Infectious Disease Fellows Program 

Deadline: January 16, 2018

Amount: Recipients will receive support for tracel expenses (coach airfar, hotel, ASM Microbe registration, and breakfast on designated days) for the length of ASM Microbe 2018.  

Description: This program offers Fellows engaged in clinical infectious diseases, medical diagnostic microbiology, or infectious disease pharmacy a unique opportunity to attend ASM Microbe 2018 and participate in an experience specifically tailored to their education development needs. This select group will have the opportunity to hear keynote talks targeted to them, participate in mentored poster talks, receive overviews of recommended sessions for attendance, interact with ASM Microbe 2018 Program Committee members, and be given personalized attention, including daily discussions to help them maximize their educational and career development experience.

A subcommittee of the ASM Microbe 2018 Program Committee will select qualifying fellows both from the U.S. and internationally. Recipients will be contacted following their acceptance by ASM staff to assist in making their travel arrangements. Housing will be provided for all participants of this program and an itinerary of events for the week will be shared prior to arrival at the meeting.

Participants from the previous 2 years are not eligible for this award, and alternatively are encouraged to apply for the ASM Infectious Diseases (ID) Travel Award.

Eligibility: To qualify for consideration the applicant must be (at the time of application):

  • A current ASM member at the time of ASM Microbe 2018.
  • A presenting author on an accepted abstract to ASM Microbe 2018.
    • Please note: Applications are to be submitted prior to knowing whether your abstract has been accepted for ASM Microbe 2018.
  • Must meet one of these three qualifications: (1) have an MD and be actively enrolled in a clinical infectious diseases fellowship, (2) have an MD or PhD and be actively enrolled in a clinical microbiology fellowship, or (3) have a PharmD degree and be actively enrolled in an infectious disease pharmacy subspecialty training program.
  • Not previously a recipient of the award within the last two years.

Submission Requirements: 

  • Abstract
  • Nomination Letter

ASM Infectious Disease (ID) Travel Award

Deadline: January 16, 2018

Amount: $1,000 per awardee

Description: The Travel Award Committee will award a limited number of travel awards to support recipients' travel to ASM Microbe 2018. Recipients will be honored as a "George McCracken Infectious Disease Fellow."

Eligibility: To qualify for consideration the applicant must be: 

  • A current ASM member at the time of ASM Microbe 2018
  • A presenting author on an accepted abstract to ASM Microbe 2018.
    • Please note: Applications are to be submitted prior to knowing whether your abstract has been accepted for ASM Microbe 2018. 
  • A PhD or MD enrolled in an ID Fellowship Program at the time of application.
  • Not previously a recipient of the award within the last two years.

Submission Requirements:

  • Abstract
  • Nomination Letter
  • A nomination letter may be written by a professor, advisor, mentor, employer, or director of the department.

ASM Student and Postdoctoral Travel Award

Deadline: January 16, 2018

Amount: $500 for North American residents (U.S., Mexico, and Canada) and $750 for International residents.

Description: Travel awards are selected by the Travel Award Committee on the basis of the scientific quality of the submitted abstracts. Funding from this award is meant only to defray travel costs for ASM Microbe; applicants may need to obtain additional funding from other sources.

Eligibility: To qualify for consideration the applicant must be:

  • A current ASM member at the time of ASM Microbe 2018.
  • Not previously a recipient of the award within the last two years.
  • Applications are to be submitted prior to knowing whether your abstract has been accepted for ASM Microbe 2018.

Submission requirements:

  • Abstract
  • Nomination Letter
  • A nomination letter may be written by a professor, advisor, mento, employer, or director of the department.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Travel Award for Scientists from Low and Low-Middle Income Countries

Supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

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Deadline: January 16, 2018

Amount: Recipients will receive support for travel expenses (ASM Microbe registration, coach airfare, ground transportation to and from the airport, hotel expenses, and meals) for the length of ASM Microbe 2018. 

Description: The travel award program was created for scientists from low and low-middle income countries to attend ASM Microbe 2018. 

A subcommittee from the Program Committee will review and accept abstract submissions from scientists in low and low-middle income countries who would otherwise be unable to attend the meeting because they would not be able to raise the funds necessary for travel expenses. Many of these individuals are working in areas that have a high-burden of disease and would benefit greatly form the scientific content presented at the meeting, as well as gain significant value from networking with their colleagues from around the world. 

Eligibility: To qualify for consideration the applicant must be: 

  • A current ASM member by the time of ASM Microbe 2018.
  • A resident of a low income or low-middle income country, as defined by the World Bank.
  • A presenting author on an accepted abstract to ASM Microbe 2018.
    • Please note: Applications are to be submitted prior to knowing whether your abstract has been accepted for ASM Microbe 2018. 

Submission Requirements: 

  • Abstract
  • Nomination Letter – A nomination letter may be written by a professor, advisor, mentor, employer, or director of the department. 

The Richard and Mary Finkelstein Student Travel Award

Deadline: January 16, 2018

Amount: $500 per awardee

Description: The Richard and Mary Finkelstein Student Travel Award will provide support for students attending ASM Microbe 2018. Each awardee will present a poster in addition to being invited to give a short presentation of the abstract during the meeting. Only one travel award will be granted per laboratory.

Eligibility: To qualify for consideration the applicant must be:

  • A current ASM member at the time of ASM Microbe 2018.
  • A presenting author on an accepted abstract in the area of microbial pathogenesis to ASM Microbe 2018.
    • Please Note: Applications are to be submitted prior to knowing whether your abstract has been accepted for ASM Microbe 2018.
  • An Undergraduate or pre-doctoral student; PhD or MD within two years of graduation at the time of the meeting; or an MD in a residency or fellowship program within six years of receipt of the MD degree at the time of the meeting.
  • Not previously a recipient of the award within the last two years.

Submission Requirements:

  • Abstract
  • Nomination Letter – A nomination letter may be written by a professor, advisor, mentor, employer, or director of the department.

Carlyn Halde Latin American Student Travel Award 

Deadline: January 16, 2018

Amount: Up to $1,200 to defray expenses associated with travel to the ASM Microbe 2018. Allowable expenses are meeting registration, roundtrip economy airfare and lodging. If the cost of the travel and registration is under $1,200 the remaining funds may be used to cover other expenses related to meeting attendance.

Description: This travel award, administered by ASM in collaboration with the Medical Mycological Society of the Americas (MMSA), supports the travel of a student medical microbiologist from Latin America, Puerto Rico or the Caribbean to participate in ASM Microbe 2018. This award is funded by an endowment from long time ASM and MMSA member Dr. Carlyn Halde. The awardee will attend the MMSA meeting and dinner held in conjunction with ASM Microbe 2018. The recipient would also be asked to give a short talk on medical mycology at his or her institution.

Eligibility: To qualify for consideration the applicant must be:

  • A current ASM member at the time of ASM Microbe 2018.
  • A presenting author on an accepted abstract to ASM Microbe 2018.
  • Please Note: Applications are to be submitted prior to knowing whether your abstract has been accepted for ASM Microbe 2018.
  • Accepted to present an abstract in the following sub-tracks at the ASM Microbe 2018.
  • A medical microbiology undergraduate student, graduate student, or PhD or MD (whose degree has been awarded after June 2017 but before May 2018) from Latin America, Puerto Rico or the Caribbean.

Submission Requirements:

  • Abstract
  • Nomination Letter – A nomination letter may be written by a professor, advisor, mentor, employer, or director of the department.

Please email any questions to INTERNATIONAL@ASMUSA.ORG.

ASM Microbe Minority Travel Award

Deadline: January 16, 2018

Amount: Each awardee will be offered up to $1000 to defray expenses associated with travel to the ASM Microbe 2018. Allowable expenses are meeting registration, roundtrip economy airfare and lodging.

Description: This travel award encourages increased participation of underrepresented minority (URM)* groups in the ASM Microbe 2018. ASM will select faculty, post-doctoral scholars or graduate students from URM groups in the microbiological sciences or faculty from Minority Serving Institutions.

Eligibility: To qualify for consideration the applicant must be:

  • A current ASM member at the time of the ASM Microbe 2018 meeting
  • Applicants must be from one of the targeted groups:
    • Faculty from a Minority Serving Institution (MSI), such as Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), Hispanic Serving institutions (HSI), and Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCU)
    • Faculty from Community Colleges
    • URM Faculty regardless of institutional type
    • URM Post-doctoral Scholars
    • URM Graduate Students
  • US citizen
  • Positioned to have access to students from URM groups pursuing areas related to the microbiological sciences.
  • Experienced in training and mentoring minority students (URM postdoctoral fellows can be selected in this category s because of their potential to serve as role models and mentors for URMs training at their institutions.)
  • Committed to research in microbiology and related sciences.
  • Committed to diversity.
  • Committed to volunteer services.

*Underrepresented Minority (URM) Groups  U.S. citizens of racial and ethnic minority groups that are underrepresented in biomedical research, such as blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaskan Natives, and Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders.

Submission Requirements:

  • Abstract
  • Curriculum vitae (CV) including research, teaching, outreach, and funding information (2 pages)
  • One page statement giving a brief description of your research, teaching and mentoring activities (1 page)
  • Letter attesting to your research, teaching and service commitments from an appropriate college or university official (chair, dean)

ASM-FEMS Mäkelä-Cassell Travel Award for Early Career Scientists

Deadline: January 16, 2018

Amount: Up to €4,000 for FEMS members traveling to ASM Microbe 2018.

Description: This award recognized future leaders in microbiology by supporting travel for early career scientists to present a poster of their research at ASM Microbe 2018.

Eligibility: To qualify for consideration the applicant must be: 

  • A current member of FEMS Member Society
  • A current PhD (or equivalent) student or recipient of PhD within the past five years
  • A presenting author on an accepted abstract to ASM Microbe 2018
    • Please Note: Applications are to be submitted prior to knowing whether your abstract has been accepted for ASM Microbe 2018.

Submission Requirements:

  • Brief bio (abbreviated CV)
  • Synopsis of research that demonstrates the depth of the applicant’s research experience

ASM New Tech Professional Development Award Program

Deadline: January 19, 2018

Up to 10 grants will be awarded. The application for this award will begin mid-December. Please check back in mid-December for more information. 

 

 

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