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The Division of Research (DoR) and Postdoctoral Association (TAMU PDA) will offer a total of four $500 travel awards per semester. The DoR travel awards are merit-based and are limited to one award per fiscal year. The TAMU PDA travel awards are service-based and may only be received once. The Postdoctoral Scholar Travel Award Committee, which will include two postdoctoral scholars and two faculty members, will evaluate applications. Eligibility requirements and award application are the same for all travel awards.

Travel Award Application Form


If you are attending a conference or professional meeting between July and December, applications are due May 15. The notification for the award will be on June 15.

If you are attending a conference or professional meeting between January and June, applications are due November 15. The notification for the award will be on December 15.

If these dates fall on a holiday or weekend, the deadline is automatically extended to the following business day.



  1. Must have an appointment at Texas A&M University
  2. Must be an active member of the Texas A&M postdoc community. Previous semester involvement is required, thus first semester postdocs are not eligible for the award.


Required Application and Supplements

  1. Completed Travel Award Application. In the application, you must specify the source from which expenses over $500 would be covered, such as a department or faculty mentor. You must also provide a brief essay that describes your field of study and how this conference is important to your career development.
  2. Abstract for conference or professional meeting
  3. Current CV
  4. Letter of support from a faculty mentor or a departmental advisor


DoR Award Criteria

  1. Evidence of commitment to career and professional development
    1. Participation in at least one postdoc event related to career or professional development at Texas A&M per semester prior to the award. Registration is required for most postdoc events and attendance is taken.
    2. Evidence that the conference is relevant to your field of study and career development.
  2. Evaluation of merit
    1. Merit will be judged in part by the meeting abstract and letter of support. Abstract submission, verification, and receipt of conference attendance are required to claim an award.
    2. Submitted CV, which should include publications, grant awards, honors, etc. also will be considered when selecting award recipients.
    3. Every applicant must be the presenting author on the conference abstract.
    4. The conference must be professional in nature.


Evaluation Rubric


  1. Demonstration of participation in postdoc-related events at Texas A&M, such as registration and attendance for postdoc events.
  2. Letter of support, CV, abstract, and completed application


Evaluation of Merit: Abstract and Support Letter

  1. Quality of submitted abstract
  2. Impact or innovation of research


Evaluation of Merit: CV

  1. Research accomplishments
  2. Publication record
  3. Awards or honors


Evaluation of Essay

  1. Description of your field of study
  2. Description of the meeting's relevance to your field


See TAMU PDA website for service-based scoring rubric. All applicants will be scored based on their participation and involvement in TAMU PDA activities over the previous 12 months.