Early-career researcher travel grants 2017 – terms and conditions

Take a look at the terms and conditions for the new edition of our travel grant programme, including the upcoming deadlines.
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eLife supports early-career researchers by helping you to get the exposure and recognition you need, especially among leading scientists in your field. In this spirit, we have introduced a travel grant programme whereby the early-stage researcher on an eLife paper may be funded to present their work at a meeting of their choice.

Available awards

Awards of up to $1,000 will be granted to assist researchers with costs associated with presenting their work at a scientific meeting to which they are required to travel.

Application deadlines as well as the dates the results will be announced for all funding rounds in 2017 are provided in Table 1.

Awards will be made for research in any area of life science and biomedicine, according to the subject areas defined by the eLife journal. The subject areas have been grouped together in the table below. One award of $1,000 will be made for each group at each deadline.

Table 1. Deadlines and results announcement dates for early-career researchers travel grants 2017.

Subject group Deadline 1 Announcing results Deadline 2 Announcing results Deadline 3 Announcing results
A) Biochemistry/Biophysics and Structural Biology/Computational and Systems Biology April 3 April June 5 June September 4 September
B) Epidemiology and Global Health/ Human Biology and Medicine April 3 April June 5 June September 4 September
C) Cell Biology/Developmental Biology and Stem Cells April 3 April June 5 June September 4 September
D) Immunology / Microbiology and infectious disease May 1 May July 3 July October 2 October
E) Cancer Biology/ Genes and Chromosomes May 1 May July 3 July October 2 October
F) Genomics and Evolutionary Biology/Ecology/Plant Biology May 1 May July 3 July October 2 October
G) Neuroscience May 1 May September 4 September

Please consider the deadlines carefully. We do not consider applications for grants to assist with attending events that take place before the results announcements date of the grant.

Who is eligible to apply

Applicants must be:

  • Researchers who have completed a PhD and have no more than five years of active research experience in an independent position (health-related or parental leave, for example, are not considered active research experience*)
  • Pursuing their research in life sciences or biomedicine
  • Authors or co-authors of a research article published (or accepted for publication) at eLife
  • Accepted to present a paper or poster at a scientific meeting to which they are required to travel**

Work presented by the grantee doesn't need to be related to their eLife paper.

*Please contact careers@elifesciences.org to inform us of any career breaks that we should take into account when reviewing your eligibility under this criterion.

**Please note that applicants with confirmed oral presentations will be treated with priority.

In each round of funding we will consider one application per person only. Unsuccessful applicants are welcome to apply on the next available deadline if their situation has changed (eg. if their previously unconfirmed presentation would now be accepted, or if applying for funding towards presenting at attending another event).


Applications from prior grant recipients will not be considered.

Applications from PhD candidates before doctoral graduation will not be considered.

Judging process and criteria

Grants will be awarded by a committee of eLife editors on the basis of the abstract of the presentation the applicant is expecting to give at their chosen meeting. Further, applications will be prioritised on the basis that the applicant:

  • Brings geographic diversity
  • Brings topical diversity
  • Has inspired the eLife editors or reviewers, based on comments in the reviews

Terms of the grant

The awardees will be provided with a claim form to claim their grants. The total grant amount will be provided to the recipient's account by a wire transfer. All applicants should be informed that, from the point when they provide their details for an international bank transfer, it may take up to 30 days for the funds to arrive into their accounts.

eLife will contact applicants by email with the result of their application.

We strongly encourage all applicants to sign up for updates about eLife's initiatives for early-career researchers.

Upon acceptance of the grant, recipients acknowledge that they will be obliged to provide eLife with feedback about the learning and personal development outcomes of the event, in a report of no less than 100 words and including photographs of their presentation where possible.

Ready to apply? Click here to access our application form.