The University of Nevada, Reno Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, with the support of the Graduate School, is pleased to offer competitive postdocs travel awards for professional development.

These awards are designed to support the professional development needs of postdocs by reimbursing activities that directly promote the professional growth of the individual. These activities include, but are not limited to, field research, conference trips, attending workshops, and completing specialty courses.

Applicants with creative ideas for achieving their professional development goals are encouraged to apply. The prizes are open to postdocs from all disciplines. Each recipient will receive a reward of up to $ 500. A limited number of awards are given each year.

Award submissions are now accepted year-round to meet your short-term funding needs! Make sure you have a recent IDP on file with our office before submitting your award application.

Policies and Eligibility

  • Only postdocs can apply. Applications from non-postdocs such as visiting researchers, research assistants, research assistants, etc. will not be accepted.
  • Postdocs can only submit one application per semester (including summer session) and receive only one award per academic year.
  • Prize money must be spent while the applicant is still a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Nevada, Reno. At the time of reimbursement, the awardee must still be a postdoc at the University of Nevada, Reno.
  • Awards are not given retrospectively, e.g. B. for trips that were completed before the specified travel period.
  • You must fill out a travel application form prior to your trip and a travel application form when you return. All original receipts, records and similar financial documents relating to procurement expenses must be presented to the Postdoctoral Research Office. If no relevant documents are available, the award will be revoked. A bonus is a reimbursement of expenses, not a cash bonus and is not granted to the award winners as a lump sum (travel advances are not permitted).
  • The funds must be spent as specified in the application. The award may not be used for any purpose other than that originally proposed. If the postdoc is not admitted to a competitive workshop, attends a different conference than originally proposed, or otherwise changes plans, he or she must seek permission from the Postdoctoral Office to use funds for the new activity. If the postdoc receives additional travel money (which covers all costs) for the same trip, the award will be revoked.
  • Postdocs MUST submit current IDPs to the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs in order to receive a travel award.

Application instructions

Applications must consist of the following components:

  • A one-page cover letter (see below).
  • A recent resume (including a service and leadership section, if applicable).
  • A detailed budget (no more than one page). Applications without a detailed budget will not be considered. In the budget, include all costs (e.g. registration, transportation, accommodation, meals and other anticipated costs), not just the part that can be covered by this award.

The cover letter should contain:

  • A brief description of the applicant’s research topic and its importance.
  • The total number of years the applicant has been a postdoc and the number of years they have spent at UNR
  • A description of the candidate’s career goals and immediate plans to achieve those goals.
  • A suggested use for the prize money and a specific description of how the activity / activities advance the applicant’s career goals.
  • When applying for a conference, the applicant should indicate what he / she is going to present or what he / she wants to present (summary, poster or other material) If the applicant does not plan a presentation, this should be taken into account.

Application documents must be submitted online.

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