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AOS Student and Postdoctoral Travel Awards

Congratulations to the 2019 Student and Postdoctoral Travel Award winners!

The American Ornithological Society is pleased to provide funding for student members of the society to defray travel expenses to meetings. The society offers travel awards for students (undergraduate, masters, and doctoral) as well as postdocs to help defray expenses to attend the 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 presentation and must be the sole author or presenting author on co-authored presentations. 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, 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

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 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 AOS. Awardees will not be able to receive funding for both. Budget request constraints are the same as above.

Application Details

Individuals wishing to be considered for travel awards must indicate their interest when submitting their abstract for the general sessions. The online abstract submission form includes a set of questions specific to those seeking a travel award. Answering these questions, in addition to completing the rest of the abstract submission form, will serve as the individual's travel award application. Please note the specific eligibility requirements described above. 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, and students between degree-seeking programs with an 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.

The deadline for submitting 2019 cycle applications has passed.

Required application materials include the following:

  • Current academic standing (e.g. 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

Failure to comply with the application procedures may result in an applicant being ineligible for a travel award. 

For questions regarding Student and Postdoctoral Travel Awards, contact the committee chair Morgan Tingley via Please use the subject line "AOS Travel Awards - Inquiry Regarding ____."


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