Graduate Student Travel Award supported by the Minority Affairs Committee

The ASBMB Graduate Student Travel Award supported by the Minority Affairs Committee is available to assist underrepresented graduate students who are presenting research as first authors at the ASBMB Annual Meeting, held in conjunction with Experimental Biology.

Successful applicants will be reimbursed for qualifying meeting-related travel expenses up to a maximum of $1,000 US.  Note that there is a limited amount of funding available and that submission of an application is not a guarantee of funding.

Applicant must be a member of one of the following groups that have been identified as being underrepresented in the biomedical sciences:

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

Applicant must be a member of the ASBMB and have paid membership dues for the billing cycle that includes the Annual Meeting (Jan-Dec, 2018) prior to application submission. ASBMB membership status is verified during the login phase of the award application process. 

All recipients of the ASBMB Graduate Student Travel Award supported by the Minority Affairs Committee must be USA Citizens or Permanent Residents of the USA (green card holders), and must reside and attend school within the USA or USA territories. Proof of Citizenship or Permanent Residency is required. 

Applicant must submit an abstract as first author to an ASBMB topic category,  #2000-2185, by the December 7 abstract submission deadline. Late-breaking abstracts do not qualify for ASBMB awards. 

Students who receive travel funding from FASEB MARC to attend EB2018 are not eligible for this award.


Award recipients are required to participate fully in the following activities. Details will be provided with award notification. 

  • Saturday, April 21, ASBMB Professional Development Programming.
  • Sunday, April 22, Welcome reception and poster session sponsored by the Minority Affairs Committee. Award recipients will be expected to present a poster at the reception. 
  • Sunday, April 22, Award recipients will be matched with mentors and will meet their mentors at the Welcome reception. 
  • Presentation of submitted abstract during the main EB Meeting. The date of the presentation (Sunday, Monday or Tuesday) will be communicated by the meeting organizers in late Jan.

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 the  Travel Award Instructions for information on formatting and labeling supporting documents.

    • Statement - 500 words describing your career goals and why attending EB2018 will be beneficial to you.
    • Abstract - copy of your submitted abstract as first/presenting author to an ASBMB topic category.
    • Letter of recommendation from your current adviser - letter must be submitted with other documents at the time of application – see “Note to Advisers”, below.  
    • Evidence 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
      • United States Permanent Resident Card (green card)  
    •  Tribal Affiliation Certificate / Card
        If  "American Indian/Native American" is selected, you must specify your tribe and provide a copy of your tribal affiliation certificate or card.


    A letter of recommendation is required from each applicant's current research adviser and must be uploaded at the time of application submission. Address the letter of support to "The ASBMB Travel Award Review Committee."  The letter must be on institution letterhead and include the adviser's signature.  

    The letter of recommendation should address each of the following: 

    • How meeting attendance will benefit applicant's professional development  
    • Applicant's need for financial assistance to attend meeting
    • Scientific merit of applicant's work.

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