Travel Awards

General information:  The deadline to apply for a Travel Award is December 15, 2021.  Student and Postdoc Travel Awards will be available for the 2022 IBNS Annual Meeting, to be held at the June 7-11, 2022, in Glasgow, Scotland. Undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral members are eligible to apply (Postdocs must be within 7 years of receiving their Ph.D. and not have a regular, full-time position).  We limit travel awards to one award per level of training, i.e. undergrad, graduate student, postdoc. Those who have previously received awards are only eligible again at the next level of training.  Login/password will be required to submit an application. New to IBNS?  Please allow 4-6 business days for your membership application to be approved. Members from underrepresented populations and from institutions in underrepresented countries within the IBNS membership are highly encouraged to apply. Travel Award recipients are required to present a poster as well as participate in a Travel Award Blitz session. Award recipients are required to attend the entire meeting. 

Evaluation Process:  Travel Award applicants are judged based on criteria specific to their level of training. In addition, travel costs will be taken into consideration in determining the final amount of the award. A rubric will be used to evaluate materials to standardize assessment and scores will be calculated.  The Diversity Committee Liaisons for the Education and Training Committee, in coordination with the Chair and Co-Chair, will identify those applicants who identified as coming from an underrepresented group based on the diversity survey questions in the application. Together, they will enhance diverse representation among Travel Awardees by aiming for a target goal for the percentage of diverse awardees. Initially, the target will be a minimum of 20% of applicants from underrepresented groups, but we hope to increase this target over time. 

Before starting the application, please be prepared for the following items in order to complete the application:

  1. Diversity survey (questions will be included on application form)
  2. Individual (not symposium) abstract for the meeting with the applicant as the first author
  3. CV (Curriculum vita/Resume)
  4. Research Productivity Considerations (optional)
  5. Personal Statement describing the benefit of award to the applicant and how the applicant’s career goals align with the mission of IBNS (required, please refer to the rubric)
  6. Diversity and Inclusion Statement (required)
  7. Letter of Recommendation (required)   

You will also need to attach the following in a SINGLE pdf file with the title of the PDF file being your last name followed by your first name (e.g. Doe_Jane.PDF).  Be sure that you have your PDF file (support letter and CV) prepared before starting this application. 

All qualified applicants will be eligible to win a 2022 Travel Award for the hybrid meeting held in Glasgow regardless of their ability to attend to the meeting in person. All award winners will receive an award certificate, free registration to the 2022 meeting, participation in the mentorship program, participation in the Travel Award Blitz presentations, and the opportunity to attend all other trainee events held during the meeting.

All Travel Award funds are intended as reimbursement only for in person travel to the meeting. Please be aware that only a portion of travel, determined by estimated travel costs from country of application to the current meeting destination, will be reimbursed. Travel Awardees must have supplemental funds to attend the meeting.

Travel Award Application

Click here to view full list of all travel awardees, 2002-2021.


IBNS Pre-Review Program - NEW!!  Call for Applications

In support of IBNS’ mission to promote participation, achievement, and increase cultural and international diversity of trainees in behavioral neuroscience, we are launching the IBNS Pre-review Program. This Program will assist junior scientists (undergraduates, graduate students, and postdocs) in submitting competitive travel award applications to the Annual Meeting by pairing applicants with mentors who will pre-review and provide feedback on their award application. The IBNS Pre-review Program will enhance diversity in IBNS and strengthen international peer networks by assisting trainees with drafting competitive applications for awards.

Applicants for the IBNS Pre-review Program must follow all Travel Award guidelines. Members from underrepresented populations and from institutions in underrepresented countries within the IBNS membership are highly encouraged to apply. Participation in the Pre-review Program does not guarantee a Travel Award.

Applications for the IBNS Pre-review Program will be accepted until November 10, 2021. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance and paired with a mentor within one week of this deadline to provide enough time for feedback and edits for their Travel Award applications due December 15th, 2021. Acceptance will be based on need for training, and applicants from underrepresented populations, institutions, and countries within the IBNS will be prioritized.

Apply Today!