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Early Career Scientist Travel Award applications – closed 1 Dec 2017

The Pacific Seabird Group Executive Council (PSG ExCo) is pleased to announce the opening of a new travel award in 2018, the Early Career Scientist (ECS) Travel Award.

The deadline to apply for the ECS Travel Award to attend the 2018 PSG Annual meeting in La Paz is Friday, 1 December 2017, 5pm PST.  Submit your ECS Travel Award application electronically, via email to pastchair@pacificseabirdgroup.org 

You are eligible for an ECS Travel Award if you have less than 5 years of experience in your current position as a:

  1. U.S. or Canadian postdoc
  2. technician or research assistant
  3. recent BA/BS, MS or PhD graduate, not a current student
  4. new faculty or research scientist

PSG gratefully accepts donations to help support this and other travel awards; donations can be made at any time of year including during registration of the annual meeting. All donations are tax deductible. Please consider donating today and help to bring more early career scientists to the annual meeting.

Application Instructions

To apply, prepare a short, 500-word essay that explains why you need the award and your financial situation to pastchair@pacificseabirdgroup.org as an attached document, or as text within the email.  In addition, submit an abstract for an oral or poster presentation via Cvent.

Please include the following in your essay – missing information makes it difficult to assess the merits of your request. The essay should be 300 words and answer the following questions:

  • Are you currently employed? If so, what is your position and position length?
  • Presentation type, oral or poster?
  • Are you presenting in a Special Paper Session or Symposia?
  • Is this your first time attending a PSG meeting? If not, in what year(s) have you attended?
  • Is this your first time presenting at PSG? If not, in what year(s) have you presented?
  • What amount are you requesting from PSG? (USD$)
  • What is the total estimated cost for your attendance at the meeting? (USD$)  Please include airfare or mileage, lodging, meals, and registration.
  • Do you have other sources of funding?  Please indicate the source and the amount.
  • What are you doing to keep your costs as low as possible? Are you sharing lodging or volunteering at the meeting?
  • Have you served, do you serve, or do you plan to serve PSG in any formal capacity (e.g., member of committee, volunteer at previous conference)
  • What are your career ambitions, or where do you see yourself in five years?
  • Please include any additional work/school/volunteer experience helpful in evaluating your application.

Notification will be provided by 5 December 2017 and ECS Travel Awards must be accepted by notifying the Awards Committee Chair in writing (email) no later than 26 December 2017. All travel awards that are not accepted will be redistributed to other applicants on 27 December 2017.

  • Applications Open: Monday, 27 Nov 2017
  • Application Deadline: Friday, 1 Dec 2017, 5pm PST
  • Notifications: Tuesday, 5 Dec 2017
  • Award Acceptance: Tuesday, 26 Dec 2017

Contact for more information:
Nina Karnovsky, 2018 Awards Committee Chair: pastchair@pacificseabirdgroup.org

2018 Travel Award applications – closed 15 November 2017

Each year, PSG’s Silent Auction raises money during the annual meeting to help students and scientists with their travel expenses.  PSG is pleased to be able to offer Travel Awards in three categories:

  1. full-time student in USA or Canada
  2. full-time student not in USA or Canada
  3. full-time scientist not in USA or Canada

The criteria for a Travel Award are as follows: (1) PSG membership; (2) abstract submitted and accepted for oral or poster presentation (preference given to oral presentations); (3) present research at annual meeting; and (4) accept the travel award in-person at the annual meeting. Non-USA and Canada scientists may apply as often as needed, however for USA and Canada students, PSG will only offer one award within a 3-year period.

PSG gratefully accepts donations to help support student and scientist travel; donations can be made at any time of year including during registration of the annual meeting. All donations are tax deductible. Please consider donating today and help to bring students and non-US/Canada scientists to the annual meeting.

Application Instructions

To apply, prepare a short, 250-word essay that explains why you need the award and your financial situation, and submit an abstract for an oral presentation (preferred; posters will be considered). Submit your application via Cvent during the application period. It is recommended that you prepare your essay in a word processing application (e.g, MS Word) before starting the Cvent process, and copy and paste the text into the box provided on Cvent.

Please include the following in your essay – missing information makes it difficult to assess the merits of your request. The essay should be less than 250 words (or 1,750 characters, with spaces) and answer the following questions:

  • What degree program are you in and when will you be finished? (students only; post-docs do not qualify for student awards)
  • Presentation type, oral (preferred) or poster?
  • Are you presenting in a Special Paper Session or Symposia?
  • Is this your first time attending a PSG meeting? If not, in what year(s) have you attended?
  • Is this your first time presenting at PSG? If not, in what year(s) have you presented?
  • What amount are you requesting from PSG? (USD$)
  • What is the total estimated cost for your attendance at the meeting? (USD$)  Please include airfare or mileage, lodging, meals and registration.
  • Do you have other sources of funding?  Please indicate the source and the amount.
  • What are you doing to keep your costs as low as possible? Are you sharing lodging or volunteering at the meeting?

Please note: Students may receive only one travel award within a three-year period. For 2018 awards, students must not have previously received a travel award in any of the last three years 2017-2016-2015 (Tacoma, WA; Turtle Bay, HI; San Jose, CA)

Notification will be provided by 5 December 2017 and travel awards must be accepted by notifying the Awards Committee Chair in writing (email) no later than 26 December 2017. All travel awards that are not accepted will be redistributed to other applicants on 27 December 2017.

  • Applications Open: Wednesday, 20 Sept 2017
  • Application Deadline: EXTENDED to Wednesday, 15 Nov 2017
  • Notifications: Tuesday, 5 Dec 2017
  • Award Acceptance: Tuesday, 26 Dec 2017

To apply for 2018 Travel Awards – click here! 

Contact for more information:
Nina Karnovsky, 2018 Awards Committee Chair: pastchair@pacificseabirdgroup.org

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