ASM Minority Travel Award

Program Description

The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) will offer travel awards to increase the participation of underrepresented minority (URM)* groups in the ASM Microbe Meeting. The ASM will select post-doctoral scholars from URM groups in the microbiological sciences or faculty from Minority Serving Institutions. Each grantee will be offered up to $1000 to defray expenses associated with travel to the ASM Microbe Meeting.  Allowable expenses are meeting registration, roundtrip economy airfare and lodging.


  • ASM Member
  • U.S. citizen

Applicants must be from one of the targeted groups:

  • Faculty from a Minority Serving Institution (MSI), Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), Hispanic Serving institutions (HSI), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCU)
  • Faculty from Community Colleges
  • URM Faculty regardless of institutional type
  • URM Post-doctoral Scholars
  • URM Advanced Graduate Students (all but dissertation phase)

Criteria for Selection

  • Access to financial resources for travel to the ASM General Meeting
  • Access to students from URM groups pursuing areas related to the microbiological sciences
  • Experience in training and mentoring minority students (URM postdoctoral fellows are selected because of their potential to serve as role models and mentors for URMs at all stages of educational training, in particular at the institutions where the fellows are training)
  • Commitment to research in microbiology and related sciences
  • Commitment to diversity
  • Commitment to volunteer services
  • Abstracts are a requirement for application

Application Procedure

To apply for an ASM General Meeting Travel Grant complete the application via the abstract submission site ( which opens mid-November 2016.  Details will be announced when the abstract submission site opens.

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Pending Funding


*Underrepresented Minority (URM) Groups
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.