Travel funding opportunities for ECRs
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Name of travel grantFunder of travel grantPurpose of travel grantResearch areaCareer level
Memberschip required?
Minimum time of membership
Nationality of applicantAwardApplication deadlineCommentsLink
AAI Travel for Techniques ProgramAmerican Association of Immunologists (AAI)Learn a new technique in other labImmunologyYesNo$1500
15 Aug - 15 Oct 2018, 15 Dec 2018 - 15 Feb 2019
Travel grantBoehringer Ingelheim FondsPractical training in laboratories, courses up to 3 monthsBasic biomedical researchNoNAEveryone, but non-European citizens have to work in or travel in Europe
at least 6 weeks before planned date of departure
Travel AwardBritish Society for ImmunologyMeetings, congresses, visit lab, learn new techniqueImmunologyYes1 year
£500 for travel within the UK; £700 for European travel; and £1000 for rest of the World
1 February, 1 March, 1 August, 1 November
ScholarshipsDutch Society of Immunlogy (NVVI)Conference (3rd & 4th year PhD students only), visit labImmunologyPhD student, PostdocYesNA1 March, 1 June, 1 September, 1 DecemberNo more grants available until September 2018
Travel Awards for postdocs and PhD studentsMDPI Biology JournalConferenceBiologyNoNANA800 CHF / $810 / €720currently closed for applications
Technique-sharing travel grantsSociety for Mucosal ImmunologyLearn a new technique in other labMucosal immunologyYes1 november 2018PI can also apply for lab members
Early-career researcher travel grants 2018eLifeConferenceScienceNoNANA$10002 september 2018only for authors on eLife paper
GSK Reise StipendienGlaxoSmithKline StiftungConferenceScienceNoNAAnyone, but has to work in Germanyonly partial support for registration & travel costmin 8 weeks before end of conference
EMBO Short Term FellowshipsEMBOCollaboration between labsMolecular BiologyNoNAEMBO Member States, Associated Member states or Cooperation partnerstravel+subsistence costs
no deadline, recommended min 3months before proposed starting date
must involve movement between countries
Travel Subsidies
Fritz Thyssen Stiftung für Wissenschaftsörderung
Visit another lab
Humanities, social science, biomedical research
NoNAAnyone, but has to be German or work at a German research instituteany time; decisions reached in 8 weeks
General Travel GrantsBiochemical Society
Scientific conferences, training courses, lab visit to learn a new technique
BiochemistryYes1 year£300-£7507 times a year
Early Career Member BursariesBiochemical SocietyAttend Biochemical Society Focused MeetingsBiochemistryYes£200-£300
Closing date of poster abstract submission of event of choice
Travelling FellowshipsThe Company of Biologist's journalsCollaborative visit to other laboratoriesField of journal to which you applyNoNACountry that is acknowledged by UN, EU or UKup to £2500
31 Aug 2018, 30 Nov 2018, 15 Mar 2019, 31 May 2019, 30 Aug 2019, 29 Nov 2019
Science Research Conferences (SRC) Travel AwardsFASEBScience Research ConferenceExperimental BiologyYesnone$250-$5003 weeks prior to start date of selected SRC
Conference and Research FundsUniversity College London (UCL)Conference, lab visit, fieldwork, trainingPhD studentAnyone, but work at UCL
Consult Supervisory Team of Departmental Administrator
Scientific CongressesFNRS Freedom to ResearchScientific meeting attendance or organizationNoNA
Anyone, but for congress organization the organising committee should include professors from at least two universities from the Wallonia-Brussels Federation
Congress attendance: 2 (European) or 3 (non-European) months before; Congress organization: 6 months before
Regulations are only provided in French
Travel supportArthritis Research UK
Prestigious or relevant national of international scientific meeting
Research needs to be funded by Arthritis Research UK
NAResearch needs to be funded by Arthritis Research UK£500-£15001 month before date of the meeting
Travelling Research FellowshipsAlzheimer's Research UKDevelop collaborations and learn new techniqueAlzheimer's DiseaseNoNALead applicant should be based in UKcurrently closed for applications
Apply for 1-year abroad as part of 3-year programme
Overseas Travel Grants
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
Develop collaborations, learn new techniqueEngineering and Physical SciencesNoNAAnyone, but visited institute should be outside UKno limitAny time
Travel GrantsCharles Koch Foundation
Support of career development opportunities, such as presenting at a conference, conducting research for a publication, or attending a professional development workshop
NoNAAny time
The Arturo Falaschi ICGEB Short-Term Fellowship
International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB)
Short-term fellowships for ongoing collaborative research at ICGEB laboratories in Trieste, New Delhi and Cape Town
ScienceNoNAFrom ICGEB Member States ( €2,000; New Delhi: US$1,590; Cape Town: ZAR18,750.
31 March, 30 June, 30 September, 31 December
Duration: 1-6 months. Includes travel, insurance and visa fees.
The Arturo Falaschi ICGEB Scientific Mobility for Advanced Research Training (SMART)
International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB)
Mobility of researchers between ICGEB Member States
Basic Sciences; Human Health; Industrial and agricultural biotechnology; Environmental bioremediation
NoNAFrom ICGEB Member States ($800-US$1,500 (+US$500/month to host)
31 March, 30 June, 30 September, 31 December
Duration: 3-9 months.
International exchangesThe Royal SocietyDevelop collaborations and learn new technique
Basic Sciences; Human Health; Industrial and agricultural biotechnology; Environmental bioremediation
NoNAAnyone, but work in UKUK £3k-12kcurrently closed for applicationsDuration:3 months
Cost Share ProgrammeThe Royal SocietyDevelop collaborations and learn new technique
Basic Sciences; Human Health; Industrial and agricultural biotechnology; Environmental bioremediation
NoNAAnyone, but work in UKUK £3k-12kcurrently closed for applications
Collaborate with partners in Argentina, China, France, Ireland, Japan, Russia, Taiwan
Yusuf and Farida Hamied Foundation International Exchanges Award
The Royal SocietyDevelop collaborations and learn new technique
Basic Sciences; Human Health; Industrial and agricultural biotechnology; Environmental bioremediation
NoNAAnyone, but work in UKUK £3k-12kcurrently closed for applicationscollaborations with researchers in India
Royal Society of Chemistry International Exchanges AwardThe Royal SocietyDevelop collaborations and learn new techniqueChemistryNoNAAnyone, but work in UKUK £3k-12kcurrently closed for applications
collaborations between researchers in the UK and those in Sub-Saharan Africa (excluding South Africa) working on projects in the field of Chemistry.
International Academic FellowshipsLeverhulme TrustDevelop collaborations and learn new techniqueScience and humanitiesNoNAResident in UK, non-student, hold established positionUK up to £45k
current round of awards must commence between 1 June 2018 and 1 May 2019.
Duration:3-12 months
Study Abroad StudentshipsLeverhulme TrustAdvanced study or research to learn new techniqueScience and humanitiesPhD student, PostdocNoNA
Resident in UK for at least 5 years, hold a degree from UK instutitution, studying at UK institution
UK £21kcurrently closed for applications
Duration: 12-24 months, Application opens in September 2018
Newton Mobility GrantsBritish CouncilDevelop collaborationsScienceNoNA
Must be in eligible country, coming to the UK to establish collaboration (Brazil, Malaysia, Mexico, South Africa, Turkey, Thailand, Vietnam)
5 september 2018Duration: 12 months
International Travel Award Scheme (ITAS)BBSRCDevelop collaborations and learn new techniqueScience
Must be BBSRC funded
NABBSRC funded (UK)UK £3kAnytime
Daniel Turnberg Travel FellowshipsThe Academy of Biomedical SciencesDevelop collaborations and learn new techniqueBiomedical scienceNoNA
Must have PhD or MD, from Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestinian Territories, UK
UK 3.5k-9kcurrently closed for applications
The next round will provisionally open in October 2018
Travel grants (Early Career MRSB)Royal Society of Biology
Future biology-related projects abroad or future overseas conferences
BiologyYesNAUK £500currently closed for applicationsApplication opens 1 November 2018 for 2019 round
The Carl Storm Underrepresented Minority Fellowship (CSURM)
Gordon Research ConferenceConferenceAny topic covered by GRCNoNA
Be attending a GRC, working in the US, Hispanic or Latino, American Indian or Alaska Native, Black or African American, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
AnytimeConference attendence
ITC Conference Grants
European Cooperation in Science and Technology
Topic must be in the the COST Action
Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Croatia, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malta, Montenegro, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Slovakia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Republic of Serbia and Turkey.
Up to 2500 Eurocurrently closed for applications
Conference Attendance Grants
Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASAB)
ASAB conferences (Easter, Summer, Winter meetings)Animal behaviourYesNAUK £4001 Feb, 1 June, 1 Oct
Included: conference registration, accomodation, meals, travel
British Pharmacological Society GrantsBritish Pharmacological SocietyConferencePharmacologyYesup to £250031 January, 31 May and 30 September
Grindley GrantExperimental Psychology Society (EPS)ConferenceExperimental Psychology
Yes, but applications from non-members should be sponsored by an EPS member
UK £500
4 weeks before non-EPS conference, 2 weeks before EPS conference
Study visit grantsExperimental Psychology Society (EPS)Develop collaborations and learn new techniqueExperimental Psychology
Preference will be given to applicants supervised by an EPS member, or whose visit involves a project with an EPS member
max £3000 (UK)
1st March, 1st June, 1st September and 1st December
LASA BursariesLaboratory Animal Science Association (LASA)laboratory animal science eventsLaboratory animal scienceNoNAup to £1000 (UK)Any time
Microbiology society-supported conference grantsMicrobiology SocietyConference organisationMicrobiologyYes2 yearsup to £2000 (UK)
14 Dec 2018, 7 June 2019, 9 Dec 2019, 8 June 2020
Travel grantMicrobiology SocietyConference, short course or training eventMicrobiologyYes2 yearsup to £750 (UK)1 March, 1 June, 1 Sept, 1 Dec
Research visit grantMicrobiology SocietyDevelop collaborationsMicrobiologyYes2 yearsup to £3000 (UK)1 April, 1 Octobershort visits from 1-3 months
Scientific Meeting GrantSociety for Applied MicrobiologyConferenceApplied MicrobiologyYes1 year£300 (UK)4 weeks prior to start of event
Travel GrantSociety for EndocrinologyConferenceEndocrinologyYes1 year£500-£600 (UK)15 Aug 2018, 5 Dec 2018cover registration, travel and accommodation costs
SEB Annual Meeting Travel GrantSociety for Experimental BiologyAttend SEB Annual meetingExperimental Biologyup to £400 (UK)currently closed for applicationsapplications will open soon
Galton Institute Postdoctoral Travel GrantThe Galton InstituteDevelop collaborations, learn new techniqueHuman geneticsup to £6000 (UK)Any timevisit of minimum 6 months
Junior Scientist Conference GrantsThe Genetics SocietyConferenceGeneticsUK-based to go abroad, non-UK-based to go to UK£150-£750 (UK)
1st day of February, April, June, August, October and December
Travel grantsThe Physiological SocietyConferencePsychologyYes, or affiliate£500-£70011 deadlines per year
ISSCR Travel AwardISSCRConferenceStem CellsYes1 yearAnyonecurrently closed for applicationsAnnual
JDRF Travel GrantJDRFConferenceDiabetesAustralian$2000 or $400019 Sept 2018Two funding rounds per year
Go Everywhere Travel GrantsBio-Techne (R&D systems)ConferenceAll research areas
PhD student, Postdoc, Junior Faculty
Monthly travel grant; apply till 31 December 2019
One winner announced each month (within first 10 days of each month)
Guarantors of Brain Travel GrantGuarantors of BrainConferences or trainingNeuroscience, NeurologynoNAUK-based, any nationality£400-£10008weeks before conference/travel
Fulbright travel grant
United States Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
Depen expertise, acquire new skills, work with additional resources, and make connections with others in their fields
All research areasnoNAUS citizenit varies
Application deadline depend on the grant scheme
Award details will depend on the host country
Young Investigator Awards
International Cytokine and Interferon Society (ICIS)
6th ICIS Annual MeetingCytokine and Interferon researchit variescurrently closed for applicationsSeveral travel awards
AfOx Travel GrantAfrica-Oxford InitiativeDevelop collaborationsAll research areasNoN/AJoint application between member of staff at Oxford with collaborator in Africaup to £5000Any time
establishment of new collaborations between researchers in African countries and The University of Oxford for research or teaching
RSTMH Travel Grant
Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (RSTMH)
Clinical or scientific research or fieldworkTropical Medicine£5000currently closed for applications
PLOS Early Career Travel Award ProgramPLOS journalConferenceAll research areas(co)-author of PLOS publicationcurrently closed for applications
Biolegend Travel AwardsBiolegendConferenceImmunology, Cell Biology
PhD student, Postdoc, Junior Faculty
NoN/ALegal resident of USA, Canada or UK$500One drawing every month
IBRO International Travel Grants
International Brain Research Organization (IBRO)
ConferenceNeuroscienceup to €18002 september 2018
Priority is given to those applicants who have not obtained an IBRO International Travel Grant or an IBRO/SfN Travel grant within the past three years.
SULSA Postdoctoral and Early Career Researcher Exchange Scheme
Scottish Universities Life Science Alliance (SULSA)
Existing or new collaborationsLife sciencesECR must be employed with a SULSA departmentup to £5000currently closed for applications
Visit must take place in Europe (not UK), North America, China or India only
DAAD Stipendien
Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD; German Academic Exchange Service)
website is in German
SimonsFonds Travel Grants
Simons Foundation Fund (SimonsFonds, ErasmusMC)
Conference, scientific visitsHuman geneticsapplicant must be in the temporary employment of a Dutch institute€600-€800June 30 & December 31
IET Travel AwardsInstitution of Engineering & TechnologyConference, study tour, working in industryEngineering and TechnologyYesApplicant must be based in the UK£50026 Sept 2018, 21 Nov 2018
Twelve awards of £500 are available annually, with two awards made every other month.
Student Travel AwardCancer Research UKConferenceAll research areasPhD student
Yes (from British Association for Cancer Research)
1 yearApplicant must be based in the UK£500 for UK meetings, £1000 for overseas meetingscurrently closed for applications
Research Travel AwardCancer Research UK
Visit collaborating research group (UK or overseas), attend skills-based training
All research areasPostdocNoApplicant must be based in the UKTypically under £10000currently closed for applications
US-UK Fulbright Scholar AwardCancer Research UKCollaboration between UK and USCancer ResearchApplicant must be based in the UK$5000 per month6 november 2018
This grant covers any appropriate project for 3 to 12 months
R&D Topics 2018 Travel GrantR&D Topics 2018ConferencePhD studentcurrently closed for applicationsapplications will open soon
2019 Michael Davidson and Roger Tsien Commemorative Travel Awards
Any research involving fluorescent proteins
Masters students, PhD students, or postdocs
NoN/A$2,000 USD15 February 2019
Student Author Travel Grants
Spie - The International Society for Optics and Photonics
Conference - SPIE meetingOptics and photonics
full-time student in a high school, undergraduate, or graduate program
NoN/A$250-$500 USD per domestic traveler and $300-$750 USD per international traveler6 February 2019
Student and Early Career Travel Grants
ASLO - Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography
ASLO conferenceLimnology and OceanographyStudent, early careerYesN/AN/AFor more information you have to email the organisation
Challenger Society Travel AwardsChallenger Society for Marine ScienceConference, participate in cruises and field workMarine Science
postgraduate students and Masters Degree students in their 4th year
YesBased at UK research institution£250 for UK travel or £500 for international travel
February 15th, May 15th, August 15th and November 15th
Trans-antarctic Association Travel grantTrans-antarctic Association
Field work or travel to Antarctica, equipment and other research activities directly related to Antarctica
Antarctic scienceNoAustralia, New Zealand, South Africa, United Kingdomup to £150031 January in the UK, and 12 March in NZAnnual travel grant
ASDF Travel Grants
Association of Scientists, Developers and Faculties
International Research ConferencesTechnical educationYes
Prior to submitting travel grant application
90% of travel expenses3 Months prior to the Conference or event
Research and Travel GrantsCentral European UniversityConference
master's students, doctoral students
7 March 2019, 6 June 2019
CES Conference Travel GrantsCouncil for European StudiesCES' International Conference of EuropeanistsEuropean Studies
junior faculty, graduate students
$500 and waiver of conference registration feecurrently closed for applications
Google Conference and Travel ScholarshipsGoogleConferenceTech industry and related fieldsup to $1000 or $3000 (USD)
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ISCHE Travel Fund
ISCHE - International Standing Conference for the History of Education
Annual ISCHE conferenceHistory of education
advanced doctoral students and early career researchers (up to 5 years post-PhD) without full-time faculty appointments
particular preference given to scholars based in low-GDP countries
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