Travel Awards & Fellowships

ASM offers Travel Awards to help offset the costs of attending its meetings and conferences. Below is a list of awards available by each meeting/conference, their eligibility requirements and application deadlines.

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Applications for ASM Microbe Travel Awards are open! Please contact asmmicrobemtgprogram@asmusa.org with any questions.

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 15, 2019

Amount: Recipients will receive support for travel expenses (coach airfare, hotel, ASM Microbe registration, and breakfast on designated days) for the length of ASM Microbe 2019.  

Description: This program offers Fellows engaged in clinical infectious diseases, medical diagnostic microbiology, or infectious disease pharmacy a unique opportunity to attend ASM Microbe 2019 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 2019 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 2019 Program Committee will select qualifying fellows both from the U.S. and other countries. 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 2019.
  • 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 Ph.D. 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.
  • A presenting author on an accepted abstract to ASM Microbe 2019.
    Please note: Applications are to be submitted prior to knowing whether your abstract has been accepted for ASM Microbe 2019.

Submission Requirements: 

  • Abstract
  • Nomination Letter

Apply today!

ASM Infectious Disease (ID) Travel Award

Deadline: January 15, 2019

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 2019. 

Eligibility: To qualify for consideration the applicant must be: 

  • A current ASM member at the time of ASM Microbe 2019 
  • A Ph.D. 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.
  • A presenting author on an accepted abstract to ASM Microbe 2019.
    • Please note: Applications are to be submitted prior to knowing whether your abstract has been accepted for ASM Microbe 2019.

Submission Requirements:

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

Apply today!

ASM Student and Postdoctoral Travel Award

Deadline: January 15, 2019

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 2019.
  • Not previously a recipient of the award within the last two years.
  • A presenting author on an accepted abstract to ASM Microbe 2019. 
    Please note: Applications are to be submitted prior to knowing whether your abstract has been accepted for ASM Microbe 2019.

Submission requirements:

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

Apply today!

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 15, 2019

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 2019. 

Description: 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 from 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 2019.
  • 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 2019.
    Please note: Applications are to be submitted prior to knowing whether your abstract has been accepted for ASM Microbe 2019. 

Submission Requirements: 

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

Apply today!

The Richard and Mary Finkelstein Student Travel Award

Deadline: January 15, 2019

Amount: $500 per awardee

Description: This award provides support for students attending ASM Microbe 2019. 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 2019.
  • An Undergraduate or pre-doctoral student; Ph.D. 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.
  • A presenting author on an accepted abstract in the area of microbial pathogenesis to ASM Microbe 2019.
    Please Note: Applications are to be submitted prior to knowing whether your abstract has been accepted for ASM Microbe 2019.

Submission Requirements:

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

Apply today!

Carlyn Halde Latin American Student Travel Award 

Deadline: January 15, 2019

Amount: Up to $1,200 to defray expenses associated with travel to the ASM Microbe 2019. 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 2019. 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 awardee will attend the MMSA meeting and dinner held in conjunction with ASM Microbe 2019. 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 2019.
  • A medical microbiology undergraduate student, graduate student, or Ph.D. or MD (whose degree has been awarded after June 2018 but before May 2019) from Latin America, Puerto Rico or the Caribbean.
  • A presenting author accepted to present an abstract in the following sub-tracks at ASM Microbe 2019.
    Please Note: Applications are to be submitted prior to knowing whether your abstract has been accepted for ASM Microbe 2019.

Submission Requirements:

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

Apply today!

ASM Microbe Minority Travel Award

Deadline: January 15, 2019

Amount: Each awardee will be offered up to $1,000 to defray expenses associated with travel to the ASM Microbe 2019. 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 2019. 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 ASM Microbe 2019 
  • 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
  • U.S. 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 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 (1) page statement giving a brief description of your research, teaching and mentoring activities 
  • Letter attesting to your research, teaching and service commitments from an appropriate college or university official (chair, dean)

Apply today!

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

Morrison Rogosa Travel Award 

Deadline: January 15, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. E.T. 

Amount: $3,000 to fund the recipients travel to ASM Microbe 2019 and the cost of meeting registration. If the cost of the travel and registration is under $3,000 the remaining funds may be used to cover other expenses related to meeting attendance.

Description: This travel award recognizes outstanding research accomplishment and potential of women scientists in Armenia, Albania, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, the Republic of Croatia, Romania, Russia, Serbia, the Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. The award provides an opportunity to meet new colleagues, network, and present research at ASM Microbe 2019.

The Award is an endowment which honors the contributions of Dr. Morrison Rogosa to bacteriology and to ASM.

Eligibility: To qualify for consideration the applicant must be: 

  • A current ASM member at the time of ASM Microbe 2019.
  • A woman scientist holding a doctorate degree.
  • Currently performing work in microbiology in one of the aforementioned countries.
  • Preference will be given to those working in bacteriology, but women in other fields are also eligible.
  • A presenting author on an accepted abstract to ASM Microbe 2019.
    Please Note: Applications are to be submitted prior to knowing whether your abstract has been accepted for ASM Microbe 2019.

Submission Requirements:

  • Abstract
  • Nomination Letter

Apply today!

ASM Professional Development Grant for Clinical & Public Health Microbiologists

Deadline: Winter 2019

Learn more about this new grant

 

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Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS)

ABRCMS Student Travel Award

Application: CLOSED

The ABRCMS Student Travel Award provides undergraduate and postbaccalaureate students up to $1,500 to cover conference registration, housing, and/or travel (airfare). If accepted into the program, ABRCMS will provide further instructions on booking travel and hotel. Travel/hotel booked outside of the ABRCMS block will not be reimbursed. Graduate students and postdoctoral scientists are not eligible to apply.

ABRCMS Judge Travel Award

Application: CLOSED

Postdoctoral scientists and faculty members available to judge all poster and oral sessions scheduled throughout the conference and mentor students are eligible to apply for the ABRCMS Judge Travel Award. The award provides full and partial awards to cover conference registration, airfare, and/or housing for 4 nights at a conference hotel. Preference will be given to active researchers in any of the twelve scientific disciplines represented at the conference. If accepted into the program, ABRCMS will provide further instructions on booking travel and hotel. Travel/hotel booked outside of the ABRCMS block will not be reimbursed. New and returning judges are eligible to apply

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ASM Conference for Undergraduate Educators (ASMCUE)

ASMCUE Travel Award

Application information will be made available – please check back for updates!

The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) offers a travel award to increase faculty's knowledge and skills in the microbiological sciences.  A second goal of the program is to increase participation from a larger group of biology faculty to work closely with ASM to improve undergraduate microbiology in the 21st century. 

 

 

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ASM Awards and Types

Travel Awards in honor of:

  • Dr. Mario Escobar ($1,000)
  • Dr. Herman Friedman ($1,000)
  • Dr. Edith Hsuing ($1,000)
  • Dr. Edwin Lennette ($1,000)

ASM Travel Awards for students and early career scientists

Students and early career scientists who submit an abstract are eligible to request a CVS Travel Award. The deadline for requests is February 9, 2018, 5:00 p.m. ET.

Description: Travel awardees are selected by the CVS Program Committee on the basis of the scientific quality of the submitted abstracts. Funding from this award is meant only to defray costs for the meeting; abstract submitters may need to obtain additional funding from other sources.

Amount: $250

Eligibility: Preference for travel awards will be given to students and early career scientists.

 

PASCV Awards

PASCV provides awards to students, postdoctoral fellows and technologists who have abstracts accepted to the Clinical Virology Symposium showing excellence in the field of clinical virology. PASCV will present these awards immediately following the Molecular Virology Workshop. After receiving their awards, the recipients will present their work in 10 minute talk. Awardees will also be introduced as a group during CVS when the ASM Travel Awards are announced. The award consists of a prize of $2000, a plaque, and complimentary registration to the Molecular Virology Workshop.

Submissions must include:

  • An eligibility letter from supervisor. Letter must include the name of the student, fellow, or technologist who is competing for the travel award, and abstract title.
  • Copy of abstract submitted to the Clinical Virology Symposium
  • Travel Award application form

Applicant must:

  • Be able to attend the Molecular Virology Workshop* and present a brief 10 minute presentation during the award presentation
  • Be the presenting author of an abstract accepted to the Clinical Virology Symposium
  • Be a student, post-doctoral fellow, or technologist
    *Separate registration is required for the Molecular Virology Workshop. To register for the workshop, click here

 

 

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Fellowships

ASM Undergraduate Research Fellowship (URF)

Deadline: February 15, 2019

Amount: Award package up to $6,000 ($4,000 for stipend and $2,000 for travel to the 2020 Microbe Academy for Professional Development and the 2020 Microbe)

Description: This fellowship develops community college students and undergraduates who are actively pursuing careers in the microbial sciences by funding a summer research experience to work with a faculty mentor at the students’ home institution.

Eligibility: 

  • Students and research mentors must be ASM Members. 
  • Applicants must be a U.S. Citizen, permanent resident, or DACA eligible. 
  • Major or primary area of interest must be within the microbial sciences.
  • Applications must be for research to be conducted at the students' home institution. When research is unavailable at the home institution, the student is allowed to conduct research at a nearby institution.
  • Students must be undergraduates with at least one semester remaining after their summer research project and before they receive their bachelor's degree.
  • Not receiving other financial support for research

Eligible faculty mentors must:

  • Be an ASM Member
  • Have not had a student receive the ASM-URF in the previous two fellowship years
  • Have an appointment at the same institution as the student applicant
  • Have an ongoing research project

Students will:

  • Conduct full-time research in the summer.
  • Attend the 2020 Microbe Academy for Professional Development held prior to ASM Microbe 2020, and

  • Present research results at ASM Microbe 2020 (if abstract is accepted).

Submission Requirements:

  • An online application must be completed by both the student and research mentor.

Apply today

ASM Research Capstone Fellowship Program (RCF)

Deadline: March 15, 2019

Amount: Up to $2,000 per awardee

Description: This program provides support for students to attend the ASM Microbe 2019, focuses on enhancing presentations and networking skills, and provides students with resources to transition to disciplinary scientific meetings. Each awardee will present their research at ASM Microbe 2019 and attend the Microbe Academy for Professional Development (one to two days) prior to the ASM Microbe 2019 meeting.

Eligibility: To qualify for consideration the student applicants must:

  • Be an ASM Member
  • Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or DACA eligible
  • Be enrolled as a full-time matriculating undergraduate student or in a post-baccalaureate program.
  • Be from an underrepresented minority group (groups include such as Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaskan Natives, and Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders), a community college, a minority serving institution, a first generation college student, veteran, or non-traditional student.
  • Have conducted research in the microbiological sciences at a U.S. institution.
  • Have a strong interest in obtaining a research career and post-graduate training in research within the microbiological sciences, and
  • Be accepted to present a poster or oral presentation at ASM Microbe 2019

Submission Requirements:

  • Abstract. 
  • A complete online application, in addition to abstract submission.
  • Two letters of recommendation (one from research mentor and one from an academic source).

Apply today

 

 

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