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The National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) is pleased to offer childcare support awards for postdoctoral scholars to attend our 15th Annual Meeting, which will be held at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, California, March 17 - 19, 2017. The awards will be used to cover childcare expenses while attending the Annual Meeting up to the limit of the award. Award amounts will vary, but the maximum amount awarded will be $500. You may also apply for the travel award in addition to the childcare award. If you receive both awards, the maximum amount awarded will be $1000.

Awards will be competitively allocated and limited to one per institution. The number of awards granted will depend on the estimated cost of each application, matching funds available, and the amount of funds raised by the NPA. Applicants are strongly encouraged to seek matching funds from their institutions and to include that information in their applications.

Deadline for submission: Friday, November 4, 2016

Goal | Eligibility | How to Submit | Restrictions | Questions

Goal of the Childcare Award Program

To foster a family-friendly Annual Meeting by providing childcare support to postdoctoral scholars who are parents or legal guardians.


To be eligible for a childcare support award, the applicant must:

  1. Be a postdoctoral scholar and a parent or legal guardian.
  2. Be an NPA Full, Individual Member in good standing at the time of application –OR– be an Affiliate Member in good standing at the time of application.

Submit all required application materials by 11:59 p.m. EST, Friday, November 4, 2016.

We strongly encourage applications from postdoctoral scholars who:

  1. Are members of underrepresented minority groups within their field of study (See the NPA Diversity Statement and Statement of Inclusion for more information);
  2. Are employed  in the physical sciences, engineering, the humanities, and other disciplines outside of the life sciences;
  3. Have the support of their home institution, including institutionally-provided childcare support for travel;
  4. Have not received a childcare support award in the previous year;
  5. Are from institutions not having received a childcare support award in the previous year;
  6. Are first-time meeting attendees;
  7. Will not be able to attend the NPA Annual Meeting without support for childcare.  

How to Submit

A successful application will include the following:

  1. A completed application form: 2017 Annual Meeting Childcare Award Application.
  2. Description of circumstances that prompt you to request this award including:
    1. How support for childcare will help you to attend the NPA Meeting.
    2. Inquiries you made at your home institution to obtain institutionally-provided childcare support for travel.
  3. CV, résumé or National Institutes of Health/National Science Foundation biosketch.
  4. Caregiver expenses will be covered. The total award amount will not exceed $500. The following options are offered:
    1. Expenses for home-based childcare that incur because of attendance at the NPA Annual Meeting.
    2. Expenses for childcare outside your home that incur because of attendance at the NPA Annual Meeting.
    3. Expenses for caregiver to accompany you to the NPA Annual Meeting such as transportation, meals etc.
    4. Expenses for childcare at/near the meeting location.
    5. Other (please explain on the submission form).

Please submit all of the required application materials by 11:59 p.m. EST, Friday, November 4, 2016, using the 2017 Annual Meeting Childcare Support Award submission form

The awards subcommittee of the NPA Meetings Committee will review all applications, and recipients will be notified no later than December 2016.

*Please see "Restrictions" for more information on allowable expenses. Total award amounts will not exceed $500 (childcare support award) or $1,000 (childcare support and travel award); the award is often less than this amount and usually do not cover all of the expenses related to attending the NPA Annual Meeting.


Travel expenses not allowable include:

  1. First class or business class travel;
  2. car rental fees;
  3. alcoholic beverages (including taxes and tips);
  4. meals purchased in lieu of meals provided as part of the Annual Meeting registration fee;
  5. sightseeing;
  6. other expenses deemed unreasonable by the awards subcommittee.

Childcare support award recipients are required to attend all three days of the meeting.


Questions about the application process should be directed to Amy Wilson, NPA Office and Marketing Manager, by email to or by phone at 202-326-6424.

*To sponsor childcare awards or other sessions for the 2017 NPA Annual Meeting, please view the 2017 Annual Meeting sponsorship opportunities.

2017 Annual Meeting Childcare Award Application

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