FGSA Travel Award for Excellence in Graduate Research
Maximum Award Allocation: $500
Eligibility: Graduate students who are members of APS and FGSA
Application Materials: CV and a maximum 2-page statement of purpose describing applicant’s interest in the conference and how his/her participation will benefit him/her personally and professionally. They also have to include a list of objectives they hope to accomplish during the conference.
Deadline: December 20, 2013 for conferences in the first quarter of 2014 (January 1st – March 31st). Decisions will be made by the end of December.
Please send your application materials to firstname.lastname@example.org
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How many travel grants are given out every year and when are the application deadlines?
A: Typically 4-6 travel grants are awarded each quarter of the calendar year. The quarters begin on January 1st, April 1st, July 1st and October 1st of any given year. The application periods are as follows:
|Award period||Application period open||Application period close|
|January 1 - March 30||November 20 (prior year)||December 20 (prior year)|
|April 1 - June 30||February 20||March 20|
|July 1 - September 30||May 20||June 20|
|October 1 - December 30||August 20||September 20|
Q: Can I apply for the award more than once?
A: Yes but it is highly unlikely that you will receive the award more than once.
Q: What can the award be used for?
A: The award can be used for travel to conferences, workshops and meetings that directly support your graduate research career. This includes events that are sponsored by APS as well as those that are not. The award CANNOT be applied to long-term events such as summer interships and travel to/from visiting researcher positions. If you are unsure whether you may apply the travel grant to a particular event email the FGSA travel committee with your question (email: email@example.com).
Q: If the event time-frame straddles two quarters (for example, if a conference begins at the end of March and finishes at the beginning of April), in what quarter do I need to apply for the award?
A: The date the conference begins marks what quarter it is in. In the example above, the applicant would need to apply for the first quarter (Q1) travel award to be considered for that conference. Note that this typically means the applications will due prior to this quarter.
Q: Does the FGSA provide feedback on individual applications?
A: The FGSA cannot provide feedback on individual applications due to the large number of applicants. Generally speaking, the FGSA Travel Award committee makes the selection based on achievement and potential. This is to award applicants who have shown success as young scientists as well as those who would get the most out of attending their specified conference, workshop etc. The statement of purpose is important for evaluation of the latter.Since the FGSA Travel Award is given out 4 times a year we strongly encourage an applicant who was not selected to reapply in future quarters.