Heatley-Payne Exchange Program for Early Career Scientists

Named in honor of British scientist Norman Heatley and U.S. scientist William "Jack" Payne, this grant is offered jointly with the Society for General Microbiology (SGM) 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. The award has been developed to strengthen a long lasting bond between the SGM and ASM. It is designed to benefit young scientists in both countries by giving them the opportunity to present their work overseas and experience the best of microbiology in the partner country. 

U.S. members of the ASM who are within 5 years of having received their PhD in the U.S. are invited to apply for a limited grant of up to $4000 to present work at the Annual Spring Scientific Meeting of the SGM and make a short research visit of 1-3 weeks to a laboratory in the U.K. or Ireland. 

The U.S. winner will attend the SGM’s Annual Spring Meeting where he/she will have the opportunity to present his/her work during the appropriate scientific session.  


The successful applicant will be a

  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.
  • Member of the American Society for Microbiology
  • Recipient of a PhD, within the past 5 years, from an American University

Funds: up to $4,000

The award will cover

  • An economy flight between the U.S. and the U.K., travel to host laboratory
  • Accommodation and subsistence costs during the scientific meeting and the research visit
  • Meeting registration costs will be met by SGM



Application Guidelines

Annual Deadline: November 15

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