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The objective of the ASPET Travel Award Program is to encourage the career development of young scientists through their participation in the ASPET Annual Meeting at Experimental Biology. Attendance at the ASPET Annual Meeting provides the opportunity for young scientists to learn about recent advances in pharmacology, network with peers and international experts in the field of pharmacology, and to contribute their own work to the scientific dialogue. Please note that the ASPET Annual Meeting at Experimental Biology (EB) 2021 is a virtual meeting, and these awards will provide registration support at the early rate.

ASPET Travel Awards are primarily funded by the Young Scientist Travel Award Fund, Memorial Travel Fund, and the Commemorative Travel Award Funds.

Award Description

Undergraduates, post-baccalaureate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral scientists are invited to apply for a travel award to help defray the cost of registration to attend the ASPET Annual Meeting at Experimental Biology 2021. ASPET offers two types of specialty awards in addition to the general award: 1) awards for members of groups underrepresented in the biomedical sciences; and 2) international awards for applicants residing in developing countries. Please see eligibility details for these award types below.

ASPET travel awards for EB 2021 will provide registration at the advanced registration rate. For more information about registration rates, please visit the EB 2021 registration page.


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Award Terms
  • All award winners are required to attend the Student/Postdoctoral Colloquium at the ASPET Annual Meeting at Experimental Biology (EB). The award will be voided if the individual does not attend.
  • Winners will be recognized at the ASPET Business Meeting at EB 2021; travel award winners should plan to attend this meeting.
  • All winners must fulfill the terms of their EB abstract submission (i.e., present the abstract as required during the meeting, upload a PDF of the poster, upload an audio recording, and be registered for EB). 
  • Registration is only available at the advanced registration rate within your appropriate registration category (e.g., undergraduate, graduate student, postdoc). ASPET will send the selected awardees a unique link to register so that the registration costs are paid directly by ASPET to EB; please do not register yourself separately.
  • Travel award winners must be ASPET members in good standing during both the year of application and the year of the meeting. If you win a travel award and your membership lapses during the year of the meeting, you must renew before we can register you. 
  • Award funds are to be used exclusively for registration expenses associated with the EB 2021 meeting. No other expenses are permitted.
  • Submission of an application does not guarantee receipt of a travel award.
  • Applications for ASPET’s poster awards must be made separately. Please see the Poster Awards page for more details.
  • All applicants must be members of ASPET in good standing. The current year’s dues must be paid before we will accept an application. Please plan ahead and apply for or renew membership at least two weeks prior to the award deadline. If your dues have not been paid by the application deadline, your application will not be considered.
  • Applicants conducting pharmacology-related research, including, but not limited to, those representing departments of pharmacology, toxicology, physiology, pharmaceutical sciences and/or biological chemistry are encouraged to apply.
  • All applicants must have submitted and be the presenting author of an abstract in an ASPET topic category. Late-breaking or Last Chance abstracts are not eligible. 
  • Undergraduates must be enrolled full-time in an undergraduate degree program and not have completed their degree requirements by May 1, 2021.
  • Post-baccalaureate students meeting ASPET’s membership requirements are eligible.
  • Graduate students must be enrolled full-time in a graduate or professional degree program and not have completed their degree requirements by May 1, 2021.
  • Postdoctoral scientists must have received a PhD or equivalent degree in pharmacology or a related field within five years prior to the date of application. They must also be eligible to register for EB 2021 in the postdoctoral category.
  • Awards for underrepresented students and postdoctoral scientists are available for members of groups defined by the NIH to be underrepresented in the biomedical sciences, which include: Black or African-American, Alaskan Native, Hispanic or Latinx, Native American, and natives of the US Pacific Islands.
  • A limited number of international awards are available for applicants residing in developing countries, defined as falling within Category I or Category II for reduced ASPET membership rates. Applicants not chosen for an international award will automatically be considered for the general awards.
  • Applications not meeting the eligibility criteria as stated above will not be considered.
Application Deadline

The award deadline has passed. Applications were due by 8:00 PM EST Monday, January 11, 2021.

How to Apply
  • You must have already submitted your abstract by Thursday, January 7, 11:59 PM PST via the Experimental Biology site. You will need the text of your abstract and your abstract number to submit this application.
  • You will need to upload a current curriculum vitae (CV) as a PDF, broken down into the following sections: 1) Education, 2) Positions Held, 3) Awards and Honors, 4) Professional Society Memberships, 5) Publications, 6) Abstracts accepted for presentation (include authors, abstract title, and name, date and location of conference; you do not need the full text of the abstract)
  • You will also need the full name and email address of an individual who can provide a letter of recommendation to support your application. You should choose a mentor, professor, or other professional who is familiar with you and your research. This person does not need to be a member of ASPET. Within the application, you will initiate an email request to this individual with instructions for completing the letter. Please allow a sufficient amount of time prior to the deadline for your reference to submit a letter; you may request this letter prior to finalizing the rest of your application. All letters are due by 8:00 PM EST, Monday, January 11, 2021.
  • Once you have the required information, apply via the ASPET awards portal by using the box above.

Q: Am I automatically considered for the ASPET travel awards when I submit my abstract to Experimental Biology?
A: No, you must apply separately through ASPET’s awards portal via the box above.

Q: Does submitting an application for a travel award automatically enter me into consideration for a poster award?
A: No, you must apply separately for a poster award. Please visit the poster awards webpage for more details.

Q: I submitted a late abstract. Can I still apply for a travel award?
A: No; only abstracts submitted by 11:59 PM PST January 7, 2021 are eligible.

Q: When will I find out if I have won a travel award?
A: Notifications will be sent out before the advanced registration deadline. 

Q: I was selected for a travel award to last year’s meeting. Can I apply again?
A: Yes, you may apply again. Please note that travel awards from EB 2020, which was cancelled due to COVID-19, cannot be transferred to future meetings or used for other purposes.

Q: If I receive a travel award, do I need to register for the meeting or will ASPET handle it for me?
A: If selected for a travel award, ASPET will send you a unique link to use to register yourself so that your costs will be paid by ASPET directly to EB.

Q: What happens if I cannot attend the Student/Postdoctoral Colloquium?
A: If you have an emergency that prevents your attendance, we may be able to excuse attendance if we are notified in a timely manner. These situations are evaluated on a case by case basis. 

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Last Updated: January 12, 2021

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