Student & Post-doc Awards

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The American Ornithological Society (AOS) is pleased to provide funding for student members of the Society to defray travel expenses to meetings.  The Society offers travel awards for students (primarily undergraduate, masters, and doctoral) as well as postdocs to help defray expenses to attend the society’s annual meeting.  Students between degree-seeking programs with intent to re-enter a degree program in the future may also apply for these awards.  To be eligible for an award, the student must present an oral or poster paper, and be the sole author or presenting author on co-authored papers.  Student applicants need not be members when they apply, however, awardees must be AOS members in order to receive awards. Post-doc applicants must be a member of the AOS when they apply and be generally ineligible for institutional student travel awards (e.g., graduated more than a semester prior to the meeting).

Please note: Budget requests can only include estimated costs associated with travel to and from the annual meeting. Eligible expenses are limited to airfare, shuttles/taxis/Uber, rental car, gas, etc. Non-travel related costs (e.g., meeting registration, lodging, etc.) cannot be included in the budget request.

Travel Awards In Support of Diversity & Inclusion

The AOS is proud to continue its initiative to foster a diverse and inclusive community in the Society. As such, an additional set of travel awards to attend the 2019 Annual Meeting in Anchorage, Alaska will be aimed toward supporting individuals from underrepresented groups and/or those who have made significant contributions towards fostering a diverse and inclusive community. Membership in the AOS is not required to be eligible for these awards. Students and post-docs (as described above) that wish to be considered for these awards should select the appropriate option in the application process.

Applicants for travel awards under the auspices of diversity and inclusion may also apply for the general travel awards; however, to receive a regular travel award you mush be a student member of the AOS. Awardees will not be able to receive funding for both.  Budget request constraints are the same as above.

Student Presentation Awards

The AOS offers ten presentation awards for the best student presentations during the conference, including both posters and oral talks. Awards will be based on the quality as well as the clarity and presentation of the research.  Applicants must be a member of the AOS in order to compete for these awards.  The presentation award competition is for currently enrolled students (undergraduate, masters, and doctoral), and for graduates who have completed a degree since 1 August 2017, including students between degree-seeking programs with intent to re-enter a degree program in the future.  To be eligible for an award, students must be the sole presenting author of the paper.   

Application Details

All applications for student and post-doc travel awards and student presentation awards must be submitted through the Oral Presentation & Poster Abstract Submission Form on the OSNA Membership Portal. Applicants who wish to be considered for travel and/or presentation awards must submit their application at the same time they submit their abstract for the general sessions.  Please note the specific eligibility requirements described above.  

Abstracts and travel and presentation award applications are all due on 26 January 2019 by 4:00 PM ET.

*Currently enrolled student applicants are asked to submit a signed letter from their advisor on university letterhead indicating the student is in good academic standing. 

*If applicants are students between degree-seeking programs with intent to re-enter a degree program in the future are asked to submit a signed letter from their previous supervisor, indicating that the applicant intends to re-enter a degree program in the future.

Other required application materials will include the following:

  • Current academic standing (e.g., pre-college, undergrad, MS, PhD, post-doc, between degrees)
  • Supervisor’s name and email Address
  • Anticipated graduation date
  • Travel budget information
  • Location that the student is traveling from (state or province, and country)
  • Past travel and/or presentation award information from the AOS

All applicants must submit a regular scientific abstract through the OSNA Member Portal. Failure to comply with the application procedures may result in an applicant being ineligible for a travel and/or presentation award.

The AOS Awards committees strive to develop a balanced annual slate of nominees that represent the Society and includes the diversity of its members.

For questions regarding Student and Postdoctoral Travel Awards, contact the committee chair, Morgan Tingley, via info@americanornithology.org. Please designate the subject line as the following: “AOS Travel [OR] Presentation Awards – Inquiry Regarding ____”