Travel Awards

General information:  The deadline to apply for a 2022 Travel Award has passed.  (December 15, 2021, 11:59 pm EST).  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. 

IBNS Travel Awards are one of the many benefits of an IBNS membership.  If you receive the error message "You are ineligible to take this form", you will need to wait for your membership application to be approved.  


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 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.

Click here to view full list of all travel awardees, 2002-2022


Travel Award Abstract Guidelines

"Insert your abstract for the meeting with the applicant as the first author.  Please note that if you receive a travel award or otherwise plan to present at the IBNS meeting, you will be required to submit your abstract through our online abstract form at a later date. Submitting your abstract here is only for the travel award application". 

"Abstracts should be no longer than 2,500 characters including spaces and prepared as a single paragraph, single-spaced. Abstracts should NOT contain photos, tables or references. Data must be original and not previously published. Please include any funding acknowledgements".