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The National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) is pleased to offer travel awards for postdoctoral scholars to attend our 15th Annual Meeting, which will be held at the Fairmont Hotel, San Francisco, California, March 17 - 19, 2017. The awards will first cover registration and lodging, and then travel expenses up to the limit of the award. Travel award amounts will vary, but the maximum amount awarded will be $1,000. You may also apply for the childcare support award in addition to the travel award. If you receive both awards, the maximum amount awarded will be $1000 total.

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, 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 Travel Award Program

To ensure the broadest possible representation of postdoctoral scholars at the NPA Annual Meeting.


To be eligible for a travel award, the applicant must:

  1. Be a postdoctoral scholar.
  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 on Friday, November 4, 2016.

We strongly encourage applications from postdocs who:

  • Are members of underrepresented minority groups within their field of study (See the NPA Diversity Statement and Statement of Inclusion for more information);
  • Are pursuing research in the physical sciences, engineering, the humanities, and other disciplines outside of the life sciences;
  • Have the support of their home institution, including matching travel funds;
  • Have not received travel awards in the previous years;
  • Are from institutions not having received travel awards in previous years;
  • Are attending the NPA Annual Meeting for the first time;
  • Are planning on creating a postdoctoral association (PDA) at their institution;
  • Are involved with a PDA at their institution;
  • Are interested in becoming more involved with the NPA and willing to serve on a Committee of the Membership;
  • Are currently serving on a Committee of the Membership;
  • Are presenting a poster or workshop at the 2017 Annual Meeting.

How to Submit

A successful application will include the following:

  1. A completed application form: 2017 Annual Meeting Travel Awards Application.
  2. One-page letter of intent which describes:
    1. Your interest and goals in attending the NPA’s 15th Annual Meeting.
    2. Your efforts to obtain travel funds from your institution or other organization, and the response.
    3. Your affiliation and postdoc status.
    4. Your contributions to your local postdoc community or PDA (if applicable).
  3. CV, résumé or National Institutes of Health/National Science Foundation biosketch.
  4. Budget justification for your expenses, which MUST include:
    1. Annual Meeting registration fee of approximately $399 per person.
    2. Lodging expenses for a minimum of two and a maximum of three nights at the Fairmont Hotel, 950 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA 94108 ($239 per night plus taxes of approximately 15.50%).
  5. Budget justification for other expenses*, which may include:
    1. Airfare and/or ground transportation expenses
    2. Meal expenses while traveling to/from San Francisco
    3. Meal expenses while attending the meeting that are not part of the Annual Meeting registration fee

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

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 $1,000; the award is often less than this amount and usually does not cover all of the expenses related to attending the NPA Annual Meeting.


Travel expenses not allowed include: 

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

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


Travel award recipients are required to stay at the Fairmont Hotel for a minimum of two nights and a maximum of three nights.


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


To sponsor travel awards or other sessions for the 2017 NPA Annual Meeting, please view the 2017 Annual Meeting Sponsorship opportunities.

2017 Annual Meeting Travel Award Application


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