Graduate Minority Travel Award

Read all criteria prior to submitting an application

 The ASBMB Graduate Minority Travel Award is funded through a grant to the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) by the NIGMS/NIH MARC Program, to support a portion of the expenses of minority graduate student first authors presenting research at the ASBMB Annual Meeting, held in conjunction with Experimental Biology 2014, in San Diego, CA.

Successful applicants will be reimbursed for qualifying meeting -related travel expenses following participation in the meeting and required events noted below, up to a maximum of $1,850.00 US.  Reimbursement policies for this award category only are administered by the FASEB MARC Office.  Specific policies will be communicated directly to award recipients from the FASEB MARC Office.
There is a limited amount of funding available.  Submission of an application is not a guarantee of funding.

All FASEB MARC Program criteria, ASBMB award application criteria and required event participation noted below must be followed to qualify for reimbursement.  Applicant is responsible for complying with all award criteria and policies posted here and on the FASEB MARC Program website:  



Applicant must be a member of one of the following minority groups currently under-represented in science.

  • Black/African American
  • Hispanic American
  • Latino American
  • Chicano American
  • American Indian/Native American (see tribal affiliation certificate below)
  • Pacific Islander (Hawai'i)
  • Pacific Islander (Guam)
  • Pacific Islander (American Samoa)

Applicant must be a current member of ASBMB at the time of travel award application submission and have paid membership dues for the billing cycle which includes the Annual Meeting (Jan-Dec, 2014) prior to application submission.  Member status is verified and tagged to the application at login to the travel award application site. 

All ASBMB Graduate Minority travel award applicants/recipients must be USA Citizens or Permanent Residents ('green card') of the USA, and must reside and attend school within the USA or USA territories.  Proof of USA Citizenship or USA Permanent Residency is required.

Applicant must successfully submit an abstract as first author to an ASBMB topic category#2000-2427, by the November 12 abstract submission deadline.  Late-breaking abstracts do not qualify for ASBMB awards.

Students already funded by the MARC Program are not eligible for this award.


Full participation in the ASBMB sponsored pre-meeting/meeting events below is a requirement of award acceptance/reimbursement.  Details will be provided to all award recipients with their award notifications,

Fri, Apr 25, Travel Award Plenary Lecture and Poster Presentations,
Sat, Apr 26, Trainee Professional Development Program,
Sun, Apr 27, Welcome Reception and Poster Presentations, sponsored by the ASBMB Minority Affairs Committee,
Sun, Apr 27, Award recipients will be matched with mentors and will meet at the meeting and the Welcome Reception,
Presentation of abstract during the main EB Meeting, date of presentation (Sun, Mon or Tues) will be communicated from EB organizers in February, prior to the early registration deadline.

A high resolution headshot photo of each award recipient must be submitted to the ASBMB following award notification (instructions will be provided).


Supporting documents must be uploaded as PDF files.  Review, "Submission Instructions," for proper formatting of supporting  documents.

  • Research Statement, 500 words describing the focus of your research, inspiration or motivation for studying science and future career goals 
  • Abstract, copy of your successfully submitted abstract as first author to an ASBMB topic category #2000-2427
  • CV, copy of the applicant's CV  
  • A letter on departmental letterhead signed by your mentor, chair or dean that affirms your student status, and request consideration for an ASBMB Graduate Minority Travel Awarded, funded through the FASEB MARC Office.  Be sure to include the email address and daytime phone number of your mentor, chair or dean.
  • Proof of Citizenship Status, legible photocopy of one of the following :
    Identification page of your valid USA Passport
    Birth Certificate
    Certificate of Naturalization
    Certificate of United States Citizenship
    Consular Registration of Birth Abroad Form
    Green Card 
  • Tribal Affiliation Certificate
    If 'American Indian/Native American' is selected, you must specify your tribe and provide a copy of your tribal affiliation certificate.



Read the Submission Instructions and follow the link at the end of the instructions page.


 Submission Instructions            Award Notification            Reimbursement Policy