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ASPB 2023 Travel Award Application


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Deadline extended to January 11, 2023

ASPB is competitively awarding a limited number of travel awards to attend Plant Biology 2023, which is scheduled to be held this year in Savannah, GA from August 5-9, 2023 and online. The travel award program aims to increase attendance of early career scientists at the annual meeting by providing funds for those in financial need. Broadening participation of underrepresented groups to increase diversity and inclusion among Plant Biology attendees is a primary goal. Undergraduate students, graduate students, postdocs, pre-tenure faculty, and professionals beginning their careers in plant science are also strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants must be members of ASPB; however U.S. residency is not a requirement to apply.

Applications must be submitted online. Letters of recommendation can be uploaded directly to the application by the advisor or professional mentor via a link they will receive once the applicant saves and finalizes their application. Alternatively, a letter of recommendation can be emailed to Sylvia Lee at slee@aspb.org. The submission deadline for the application and both letters is Wednesday, January 11, 2023, (11:59 p.m. EDT). Applicants: Please request letters of recommendation with sufficient time so the writers can honor this firm deadline. The system will automatically email a request for a letter to the specified advisor/mentor only once the applicant selects finalize on their application.

Applicants must submit for review:

  • an abstract of the research that they intend to submit for presentation at the Plant Biology meeting*
  • a paragraph expressing why attending Plant Biology 2023 would enhance their career
  • a primary advisor's letter of recommendation that includes the level of funds available, if any, for applicant travel
  • a letter of recommendation from a professional mentor (other than the primary advisor)
  • letters of recommendation must be uploaded to the application via a custom link that will be emailed to the designated advisor/mentor or emailed to Sylvia Lee
  • a current resume or CV

Undergraduate, Graduate and Postdoc applicants must have their advisor and professional mentor submit both letters of recommendation.

Note: The system will automatically email a request for a letter of recommendation once the applicant selects finalize on the application.

Faculty-level and Professional applicants do not have to submit letters of recommendation; however, they are required to indicate current and pending support.

*PLEASE NOTE: Submission of an abstract as part of the Travel Award application is a distinct process from submitting an abstract for presentation at Plant Biology 2023. Abstracts submitted in support of an application for a travel award must be received by Wednesday, January 11, 2023 (11:59 p.m. EDT). To have your work considered for presentation during a concurrent symposium at Plant Biology 2023, you must submit your abstract through the regular meeting abstract system. 

ELIGIBILTY: (Eligible applicants must meet this criteria)

  •   Must be members of ASPB. (Applicants may reside outside the U.S.)

Travel award selection criteria will be based (in this order) on:

  • the science and the quality of the abstract
  • the statement about how attending the meeting will have an impact on the applicant's career
  • the strength of the two letters of recommendation (see above for letter instructions to undergraduates, postdocs, faculty and professionals)
  • diversity

Applicants who are selected to receive an award will be notified by email by Friday, March 10, 2023. Non-recipients will be notified shortly thereafter.

Financial Logistics

The Society will set aside up to $28,750 in 2023 to support the Plant Biology Travel Award Program.

  • Recipients each are awarded a $575 travel stipend.
  • Checks (or wires) for the stipend are issued AFTER the award recipient registers for the meeting.
  • Award recipients qualify for the early-bird registration rate.
  • Award recipients are emailed a special registration promo code so that a portion of the Plant Biology 2023 registration fee may be waived.
  • There is a non-refundable abstract submission fee.

ASPB reserves the right to adjust these parameters for awardees who do not travel to Savannah and instead participate in Plant Biology 2023 virtually.

Should unforeseen events prevent an award recipient from attending the meeting, the recipient must notify ASPB immediately and return the award so that a waitlisted applicant can use the funds to attend the meeting.