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AOS Student and Postdoctoral Travel Awards

Congratulations to the 2018 Student and Postdoctoral Travel Award winners!

Deadline for submitting 2019 cycle applications is 15 February 2019 at 5:00 PM EST.

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, 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, AK 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.

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. 

Abstracts and travel award applications are all due on 15 February 2019 by 5:00 PM EST.

*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.

*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.

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

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

Instructions for Submitting Application Online

To apply for a travel award, answer the appropriate questions when submitting your abstract for the general sessions using the online Member Portal.


Already have an existing Member Portal account?

If you already have have a Member Portal username and password (e.g., you are a current or previous member of AOS or one of the other OSNA societies), you can navigate directly to the abstract submission formPlease note, depending on your browser settings, you may be asked to log in again. Upon logging in, you should be taken directly to the submission form.


Don’t have a Member Portal account or you are not sure?

If you do not already have a username and password, you will first need to set up your free account from the Member Portal login page. Click the “Create a User Account” on the left side of the login page.

If you are not sure if you have an existing account, click the “Forgot your password? Click here” link on the left side of the page and then enter your email address on the following page. If you have an existing account with that email address, the system will send you a link to reset your password.

Once you have your account established, you can navigate to the submission form by selecting “View Open Competitions” in the Awards, Competitions, & Submissions section in the lower right of the screen. On the resulting page, find the AOS 2019 Call for Abstracts for Oral Presentations & Posters and click “View”.


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


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