Postdoc Travel Funds

University of Iowa Postdoctoral Association Postdoc Travel Funds

Information, Review Criteria, and Instructions

The UIPDA provides travel funding assistance to postdoctoral scholars and fellows who present their research at conferences, meetings, symposia and similar professional or academic gatherings. The funds are provided by the Graduate College and allocated by the UIPDA Executive Committee and Council of College Representatives to deserving applicants. For the first year of the pilot program, applications will be due on May 1, 2016. This deadline will include conferences being held from 1st February 2016 to June 15th 2016. All travel must be completed by June 15th, 2016. Application deadline is May 1st , 2016.

The amount of funding will be dependent upon the location of the conference. The travel award will be $500 for each awardee attending a conference in North America. Awardees attending an international conference, a conference in Alaska, or a conference in Hawaii will receive $750. For the pilot program, $5,000 has been allocated for travel awards. Depending on the number of domestic versus international conferences, the UIPDA will award 6-10 travel grants to University postdoctoral scholars/fellows.

Three UIPDA college representatives, executive board members, or committee members will score travel award applications based on the following eligibility and criteria. To be eligible:

1.Applicant must be in a paid postdoctoral scholar (FP01) or fellow (FP02) status at the University of Iowa at the time of application, conference, and reimbursement. The travel award will be paid out in a lump sum through the University Payroll Office and will be considered taxable income and taxes will be withheld.

2.Applicant must have proof of abstract acceptance and expenses incurred to attend this conference before they receive the award.

Review Criteria:
1.Clear, concise, and complete application
2.Travel expenses (preference for higher expenses and/or outside ofNorth America)
3.Preference for first-time presentation as a Postdoc
4.Research similar to conference focus
5.Involvement in UIPDA

Three UIPDA college representatives, executive board members, or committee members will review applications and score them on a scale of 1-5 (1=lowest, 5=highest). The average of the three will be taken and that will be the score of the application. The reviewers will meet for an hour after all applications have been scored. The highest applications will be awarded. If too many applications have a high score, then a fourth member of the UIPDA leadership team will score the applications.