The Deadline for Travel Award Applications has passed.

The Biophysical Society’s Committee for Inclusion and Diversity (CID) has limited travel support available for students, postdoctoral fellows, and junior investigators from minority disadvantaged and/or underrepresented* backgrounds to attend the 2018 Biophysical Society Annual Meeting. Each award will be made to assist in travel and lodging expenses for the Meeting. Awards will be provided up to $1000 in travel expenses. Selection of awardees will be based on scientific merit. Strong preference will be given to those who have not received Annual Meeting travel support from CID (formerly the Minority Affairs Committee) in previous years.

The following eligibility requirements must be met:

  • All applicants must be a US citizen or a Permanent Resident of the US (verification of citizenship/residency is required).
  • Applicant must be the presenting author on an abstract in a poster or platform session at the Annual Meeting.
  • Applicant must be a member of an underrepresented populations in the U.S. Biomedical, Clinical, Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Enterprise as defined by the NIH*. For more information visit:

The following materials are required at the time of online application submission:

  1. A copy of the abstract submitted for presentation at the Annual Meeting.
  2. A written paragraph outlining the implications of your research and identifying the potential benefits you hope to receive from attendance at the Annual Meeting for your planned research career. Please also include a brief justification of your status as a member at an underrepresented population as defined by the NIH.
  3. A list of any previous scientific meetings attended.
  4. A list of previous Biophysical Society and/or CID support (if any). 
  5. A signed letter of recommendation, on departmental letterhead, from your advisor or a professor.
  6. A copy of the applicant’s passport or green card confirming US citizenship or permanent residency of the US.
  7. A curriculum vitae. (Postdocs)
  8. Transcripts (Undergrad & Graduate Students)

Please note that because this is a travel award, awardees must be present at the Annual Meeting in order to receive their awards. Awards are presented at the Education, Inclusion and Diversity, and Professional Opportunities for Women Committee's Travel Award Reception at the Annual Meeting.

For questions regarding the CID's Travel Award, please contact the Society at or (240) 290-5600.


*Financially disadvantaged individuals, students with disabilities, and individuals who have been found to be underrepresented in biomedical or behavioral research are eligible to apply. Nationally, these individuals include, but are not limited to: African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans/Alaska Natives who maintain tribal affiliation or community attachment, Hawaiian Natives and natives of the US Pacific Islands.

These travel awards are sponsored by a grant from the The National Institute of General Medical Sciences, National Institutes of Health. [T36GM075791]