SCEC provides funding for students and early career researchers to present their earthquake research at professional conferences.

Taking Your Research National?

A SCEC Research Travel Award can help. The Statewide California Earthquake Center (SCEC) provides travel support for students and early career researchers to present their work at professional conferences, fostering connections and gaining valuable feedback to advance their academic and professional development. These SCEC awards help to remove financial barriers so recipients can contribute to and benefit from crucial research collaborations.

Max Award Amount
$ 0
Awards since 2019
Granted since 2019
$ 0


  • U.S. citizens or permanent residents with a SCEC account can apply.
  • Applicants must be students or early-career researchers presenting their authored research at the conference.
  • Before applying, please confirm that travel funds are unavailable from your supervisor or institution.

Award and Selection Criteria

Award: Up to $1,500 based on submitted estimated costs (for conference registration, transportation, and lodging) and the availability of funds.

Criteria: Each application is evaluated for: (1) Alignment of the research with SCEC mission and goals; (2) Scientific merit of the proposed research; (3) Career level and performance of the applicant; and (4) Demonstrated financial need.

Application Deadlines

For Travel in September – November
July 31 annually

For Travel in December – February
October 31 annually

For Travel in March – May
January 31 annually

For Travel in June – August
April 30 annually

Contact Gabriela Noriega if you have questions about upcoming deadlines.

Lightning Talks at the SCEC Annual Meeting

Students and early career researchers introduce groundbreaking research (on stage and online) as SCEC lightning talks. These presentations enhance the visibility of SCEC’s emerging scientists, and give the wider community a platform to provide feedback that promotes professional growth and advances earthquake science.

Showcase your research, and be included in the next SCEC annual meeting program. VIEW LAST YEAR’S PROGRAM