SCEC Student Research Travel Awards

Research Travel Awards
Deadline: Based on conference dates. See Upcoming Conferences table below.



The SCEC Office of Experiential Learning and Career Advancement (ELCA), through its 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 profile by presenting their own research, networking with active scholars at other institutions, and broadening their research interests. The SCEC Transitions Program is accepting applications for Research Travel Awards to help Early Career Researchers attend conferences that might otherwise be out of their financial reach. 

Upcoming Conferences and Deadlines

Conference Dates Conference Title Location Application Deadline
April 27-30, 2020 SSA Annual Meeting Albuquerque, New Mexico March 2, 2020
September 13-16, 2020 SCEC Annual Meeting Palm Springs, California July 27, 2020
October 25-28, 2020 GSA Annual Meeting Montréal, Québec, Canada September 4, 2020
December 7-11, 2020 AGU Fall Meeting San Francisco, California October 12, 2020

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.


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 be currently enrolled in a two or four year institution of higher learning
  • 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. Actual amount will vary depending on the estimated cost of the travel and level of support requested in the application.

The qualified travel costs include:

  • Conference registration fee
  • Transportation costs
  • Lodging

Application From

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 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. 

Click here to apply.

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

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