Travel Awards

Internal Travel Award Opportunities

The Division of Research (DOR), Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA), and the Texas A&M Postdoctoral Association (Texas A&M PDA) offer up to five travel awards of $500.00 per semester. Applications are reviewed by a group of faculty and postdoctoral scholars on a holistic basis, considering merit and service.

Travel Award Application Form

Travel Award Recipients for Spring 2024 Competition

Travel Award Recipients for Fall 2023 Competition

Travel Award Recipients for Spring 2023 Competition

Travel Award Recipients for Fall 2022 Competition


Awards support participation to conferences or professional meetings. Fall submission will include conferences between July 1 through December 31 of each year, while the Spring submission will cover January 1 through June 30 of the next year.


  • Must have a postdoctoral appointment at Texas A&M at the time of the application AND the time of travel.
  • Awards are limited to one award per person within 12 calendar months.
  • The applicant must be the presenting author on the conference abstract.
  • To apply for the Fall 2024 Travel Awards competition (travel awards for July 1 – December 31, 2024) you must have attended at least two events organized by the Texas A&M Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and/or Texas A&M Postdoctoral Association during the Summer/Fall 2023. First semester postdocs are ineligible to apply.

Required Application Materials

The application should contain the following supporting documents:

  1. Complete the Travel Award Application on-line (link above). You must provide a brief essay that describes your field of study and how this conference is important to your professional development. Finally, you must provide a brief description of your involvement with the Texas A&M postdoctoral community (250 words).
  2. Title of the presentation, list of authors, and abstract text for conference or professional meeting (300 words).
  3. Current CV limited to 2 pages
  4. Letter of support from the research advisor mentioning the source of travel support that will supplement this award

Award Criteria

  • Evidence of commitment to career and professional development
  • Evidence that the conference is relevant to your field of study and career development.

NOTE: If the application is for support of registration fee for a virtual conference, then the award will cover only the registration fee.

Evaluation Rubric

Applications from postdoctoral scholars who have not participated in at least two events organized by Texas A&M OPA or Texas A&M PDA will be administratively withdrawn.

Abstract and Letter of Support

  1. Quality of submitted abstract
  2. Impact/innovation of research
  3. Evidence of funding to supplement this award

CV (limited to 2 pages)

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

Evaluation of Essay

  1. Description of field of study
  2. Description of meeting relevance to field

The decision of the judging panel is final.

External Travel Award Opportunities

The opportunities listed below address postdoctoral funding. This list is not exhaustive. The links will be reviewed and updated annually.

Travel Grants

Each quarter, the Travel Grant Program offers a travel grant up to $500 to help cover the cost of attending a conference. These travel grants are open to PhD candidates, lab managers, and post-docs from academic research institutions in the United States or Europe. The grant is intended to help cover the costs of registration, accommodation, and travel to a conference of choice.

More information about Travel Grant Program

Association for Women in Mathematics Mentoring Travel Grants helps junior women to develop a long-term working and mentoring relationship with a senior mathematician. This relationship should help the junior mathematician to establish her research program and eventually receive tenure. Each grant funds travel, accommodations, and other required expenses for an untenured woman mathematician to travel to an institute or a department to conduct research with a specified individual for one month. The applicant’s and mentor’s research must be in a field which is supported by the Division of Mathematical Sciences of the National Science Foundation.

Applicants must be women holding a doctorate (or equivalent) and with a work address in the United States.

More information about Association for Women in Mathematics Mentoring Travel Grants

Association for Women in Mathematics Travel Grants enable women mathematicians to attend conferences in their fields provides them a valuable opportunity to advance their research activities and their visibility in the research community. Having more women attend such meetings also increases the size of the pool from which speakers at subsequent meetings may be drawn and thus addresses the persistent problem of the absence of women speakers at some research conferences. The Mathematics Travel Grants provide full or partial support for travel and subsistence for a meeting or conference in the applicant’s field of specialization.

More information about Association for Women in Mathematics Travel Grants

HCS Travel Awards in Imaging and Histochemistry seek to recognize projects and applicants that explore novel in situ tissue imaging and analytic techniques, including, but not limited to immunohistochemistry/immunofluorescence and in situ hybridization, or those that strongly incorporate these techniques. Demonstrating some connection to such techniques will be a critical factor in the evaluation of award applications. The HCS Travel Awards in Imaging and Histochemistry are designed to encourage members or potential new members to attend or speak at society sanctioned workshops, courses, meetings, or conferences. Awards will be available on a rolling basis and specific opportunities will be advertised on the society’s website. Awards will be available to members at three career levels: invited speaker, invited instructor, and travel award. Please note that award applications require a minimum review period of one month.

More information about Histochemical Society Travel Awards in Imaging and Histochemistry