Distinguished Students Program - Ukraine

APS welcomes applications from graduate students and postdocs impacted by the Russian invasion of Ukraine to fund their travel to APS meetings, APS-endorsed meetings, and International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) -sponsored conferences.

Rules and eligibility

To be eligible for this award, the applicant must be a postdoctoral researcher or PhD or master's student impacted by the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The applicant must have also submitted an abstract to present at a physics meeting, specifically an APS meeting, APS-endorsed meeting, or International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) -sponsored conferences. This grant will fund travel to present at one of these meetings, and virtual participation in meetings is also eligible for support.

Process and selection

Please provide information about yourself as an applicant, as well as information about how you have been impacted by the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

You will also be asked to provide the following:

  • Your CV
  • The name, date, and sponsor of the meeting you plan to attend
  • A description of the meeting program
  • An explanation of of the relevance of the meeting to your career and/or research
  • The anticipated impact of attending the meeting on your future career plans and research
  • Your travel plan and budget for requested funds
  • A letter of financial support from the appropriate representative, if you are leveraging other funding sources
  • A letter of reference from a professor or research advisor.

Additional application materials

You will also have the option to add a description of any additional physics-related visits or universities or physics institutes immediately before or after the physics meeting. In the case of an extended visit, you must also provide a letter from the host institution.

Establishment and support

This award is generously supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

The membership of APS is diverse and global, and the nominees and recipients of APS Honors should reflect that diversity so that all are recognized for their impact on our community. Nominations of members belonging to groups traditionally underrepresented in physics, such as women, LGBT+ scientists, scientists who are Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC), disabled scientists, scientists from institutions with limited resources, and scientists from outside the United States, are especially encouraged.

Nominees for and holders of APS Honors (prizes, awards, and fellowship) and official leadership positions are expected to meet standards of professional conduct and integrity as described in the APS Ethics Guidelines. Violations of these standards may disqualify people from consideration or lead to revocation of honors or removal from office.

Distinguished Students Program - Ukraine

Early career and students
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
Applicants chosen will receive up to $2,000 in travel support to present oral talks or posters. Awards can be expanded up to $5,000 for proposals that include research visits to a laboratory or a scientific collaborator.

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