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SCEC Research Travel Awards

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Deadline: Based on conference dates. See the Upcoming Conferences and Deadlines table below.



The SCEC Transitions Program provides resources and mentoring to Early Career Researchers (ECRs) in the SCEC Community. Scientific conferences held at a national level are important opportunities for graduate students and undergraduates to build their professional profiles by presenting their own research, networking with active scholars at other institutions, and broadening their research interests. SCEC Research Travel Awards help students and ECRs attend conferences that might otherwise be out of their financial reach. 

The SCEC Transitions Program accepts applications for Research Travel Awards year-round. Applications must be received through the online application submission system by 5:00 PM Pacific Time on the deadline date. Travel Award recipients will be notified within 10-15 days of the deadline date.

Upcoming Conferences and Deadlines

Conference Dates Conference Title Location Application Deadline
March 27-29, 2023 GAGE/SAGE 2023 Community Science Workshop Pasadena, California February 20, 2023
April 17 - 20, 2023 SSA Annual Meeting San Juan, Puerto Rico March 20, 2023
September 10-12, 2023 SCEC Annual Meeting Palm Springs, California TBD
October 15-18, 2023 GSA Connects 2023 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Sept  15, 2023
October 26-28, 2023 SACNAS National Diversity in STEM Conference Portland, Oregon September 18, 2023
December 11-15, 2023 AGU23 San Francisco, California November 6, 2023

Email Gabriela Noriega (gnoriega@usc.edu) if you would like to request a Travel Award for a conference that is not listed above. 


Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Must be a current SCEC Member before applying for a travel award
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Must have submitted a research presentation abstract to the conference


If selected, awardees will receive a minimum of $250, up to a maximum of $1000. The actual amount will vary depending on the estimated cost of the travel and level of support requested in the application.

Qualified travel costs include:

  • Conference registration fee
  • Transportation costs
  • Lodging


Before applying, be prepared with estimated travel costs to attend the conference (registration fees, flights, lodging, etc) and an estimate of the level of funding you may already have available from your advisor or institution. All applicants will be asked to provide the following:

  1. Statement of their Research Goals summarizing academic and scientific interests
  2. Academic Resume or CV
  3. Proof of abstract acceptance or submission to a research conference
  4. Letter of Recommendation: Your application requires a recommendation from one person who can assess your academic abilities, motivation, and your potential to benefit from participating in this program

Selection Process

All applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Those attending and presenting for the first time at a conference
  • Scientific merit of the proposed research
  • Competence, diversity, career level, and performance of the applicants
  • Improving the diversity of the SCEC community and supporting early-career scientists

Questions? Email gnoriega@usc.edu.

Student Research Travel Awards are provided by SCEC’s Office of Experiential Learning and Career Advancement.