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Student conference grants

The section gives a limited number of grants to student members, mostly to support attendance at national and international conferences.

Call for travel grant applications to the NWE-IUSSI to
Support Attendance at International Congress in 2022 in San Diego

The information below is also available as a PDF file.

The application form can be found here.

A number of travel grants will be made available to early career researchers who are registered members of NWE-IUSSI for 2022 to support their in-person attendance to the International IUSSI meeting in San Diego. The number of the awards and their extent will depend on how much funding Central IUSSI will allocate to our society, and we will be able to contribute some money from our own funding too. Please see below for details on eligibility criteria and selection process. For any queries, contact the section treasures Dr Fabio Manfredini (fabio.manfredini@abdn.ac.uk).

Eligibility criteria for award

  1. The applicant must be a member of the NW European Section of the IUSSI (2022 membership must have been paid before the 28th of February 2022 to be eligible).
  2. The priority for this funding round is to support and encourage student attendance at the IUSSI International Congress. However, applications will be accepted from section members who are not currently students but the applicants must provide a detailed justification for their application, including other sources of funding.
  3. The applicant must have either submitted an abstract to give an oral or poster presentation, or be organising a symposium at the 2022 IUSSI International Congress in San Diego, CA.
  4. Funds may only be used to support attendance at the 2022 IUSSI International Congress in San Diego, CA.
  5. The amount requested must not exceed £1,500 GBP ($2,026).
  6. The work presented must not be or have been the subject of another application to this or another IUSSI Section from the same or another applicant. Grants will be given only to the presenting author. Only one grant will be awarded per individual in this round.

Application process

Applicants are required to fill in an application form covering the following information:

  1. Name, University/Affiliation, Course and Year of Study (if applicable), Supervisor(s).
  2. A brief (100-200) word statement describing the benefits to the applicant of attending this conference. Note that if an applicant is not a student the applicant must provide a detailed justification for their application including details of other sources of funding (if applicable).
  3. Title and abstract submitted for presentation at the conference (or title and description of symposium being organised).
  4. Breakdown of costs associated with the conference.
  5. Amount requested from the Section.
    a. Amount requested/awarded from other sources.
    b. Support available from other sources
  6. Confirmation that the applicant agrees to provide proof of attendance at the Congress and will agree to do one of the following:
    a. Participate in a live twitter feed of the IUSSI Congress.
    b. Write a report for the Section newsletter three months after their return.
    c. Write a blog post for the Section newsletter three months after their return.

The deadline for applications was 28th February 2022 and awards will be made available by the end of March so that delegates can register at the “early-bird” rate (available until May 1 2022).

Selection process:

Priority will be given to:

  1. Students
  2. Abstracts rated highly for clarity and scientific merit
  3. Applicants presenting a compelling case for why the conference is relevant to their studies and whose abstract is a clear fit for one of the IUSSI International Congress Symposia
  4. Applicants who have not received a travel grant from the section previously (during their current degree/position)
  5. Applicants in the latter years of their PhD studies
  6. Applicants who have exhausted other alternatives for funding


Previous applicants

The successful students applicants for the 2018 grants to attend the IUSSI meeting in Brazil were:

Jack Beresford, Kulmuni lab
Ryan Brock, Bourke lab
Dominic Burns, Robinson lab
Adam Devenish, Sumner lab
Eleanor Drinkwater, Robinson lab
Emeline Favreau, Wurm lab
Sanja Hakala, Helantra lab
Jack Howe, Boomsma lab
Patrick Kennedy, Sumner lab
Carlos Martinez Ruiz, Nichol & Wurm labs
Ash Samuelson, Gill & Leadbeater labs
Veronica Sinotte, Poulsen lab
Harry Siviter, Leadbeater lab
Robin Southon, Sumner lab
Benjamin Taylor, Sumner lab
Jens van Eeckhoven, Duncan lab

In addition, the following postdoc & non-students received grants:

David Collins, Bourke lab
Elizabeth Evesham
Joanito Liberti, Boomsma lab

The successful applicants for the 2016 grants to attend the IUSSI meeting in Helsinki were:

Aaran Folly, Royal Holloway, UK
Anne Anderson, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Callum Martin, Royal Holloway, UK
ChrisAccleton, University of Sussex, UK
David Trenaor, University of Sussex, UK
Elizabeth Samuelson, Royal Holloway, UK
Feargus Cooney, University of Exeter, UK
Pinar Guler, Regensburg University, Germany
Robyn Manley, University of Exeter, UK
Shunlin He, Free University of Berlin, Germany
Saria Otani, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

The successful 2012 applicants were:

Gemma Baron, Royal Holloway, University of London
Gianluigi Bigio, University of Sussex, UK
David Collins, University of East Anglia, UK
Kirsten Foley, University of Leeds, UK
Peter Graystock, University of Leeds, UK
Marja-Katariina Haatanen, University of Turku, Finland
Jacob Holland, University of East Anglia, UK
Jonna Kulmuni , University of Oulu, Finland
Rowena Mitchell, University of Leeds, UK
Claire Morandin, University of Helsinki, Finland
Jenni Paviala, University of Helsinki, Finland

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