Travel Scholarships

SACNAS-provided travel scholarships are one option for undergraduate and graduate students to consider when seeking funding support to attend SACNAS’ National Diversity in STEM Conference. Accepted awardees will have access to funding OR lodging support from SACNAS, as well as specialized programming to welcome and orient them to the conference.

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Important Dates

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have extended our application deadline. This means you can submit your application anytime now through July 10th 5pm PT. We encourage you to submit as early as you can and not to wait until the deadline. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. All Spring and Summer applicants will be notified on August 21st.

  • Full scholarships:

    • Are available for applicants interested in pursuing research relevant to biomedical or behavioral sciences.
    • Include conference registration, round-trip flight, and hotel lodging.
      • Note: Accepted applicants are responsible for any additional expenses not stated above, including checked bags, ground transportation, and any hotel room incidentals.

    Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements to be considered for a travel scholarship in the spring:

    • Be a current SACNISTA-level member (FREE!) to access the travel scholarship application
    • Be at least 18 years of age (at the time of the conference)
    • Be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. Permanent Resident
    • Be able to travel from within the U.S. or U.S. territories
    • Be one of the following during fall 2020:
      • Current community college, undergraduate, or graduate student interested in pursuing research relevant to biomedical or behavioral sciences
  • Partial scholarships:

    • Are available for applicants in all STEM disciplines
    • Include a travel grant up to $500 that may be redeemed in one of the following ways:
      • Option One: SACNAS will purchase your round-trip flight (up to $500) to Long Beach, CA

    OR

      • Option Two: SACNAS will book your hotel room for four nights from Wednesday to Sunday (double occupancy) – students will be assigned a roommate

    Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements to be considered for a travel scholarship in the spring:

    • Be a current SACNAS student member before applying for a travel scholarship
    • Be at least 18 years of age (at the time of the conference)
    • Be able to travel from within the U.S. or U.S. territories
    • Be one of the following during fall 2020:
      • Current community college, undergraduate, graduate student pursuing a STEM field
  • 1. A complete SACNAS Travel Scholarship application will contain:

    • Statement of purpose (500-word limit)
    • One letter of recommendation
    • Unofficial transcript (Unofficial transcript confirms that applicant is a currently enrolled student. GPA is NOT considered when reviewing a travel scholarship application.)

    2. Applications must be received through the online application submission system by July 10th, 2020, 5:00 PM Pacific Time. You will be responsible to ensure your application is complete, including following up with your recommender to ensure they submit their letter before their deadline.

    • No email or late submissions will be accepted (It is recommended that you submit your application with ample time prior to the deadline to avoid any technical issues)
    • All submissions are final.

    Click here for more details on the application requirements

  • Each application will be reviewed by independent scientific reviewers.

    1. Students who are attending and presenting for the first time at a SACNAS conference.
    2. Students who are attending a SACNAS conference for the first time, but are not presenting.
    3. Students who are returning to a SACNAS conference and are presenting for the first time at a SACNAS conference.
    4. All other eligible students.

Questions?

Please contact travelscholarships@sacnas.org or call (831) 459-0170