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eLife aims to support early-career researchers by helping them to get the exposure and recognition they need, especially among leading scientists in their field. As such, 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.
Five awards of up to $1,000 will be awarded twice a year to assist researchers with costs associated with presenting their work at a scientific meeting to which they are required to travel.
The first round of travel grant funding opened in December 2015, with five successful applicants having presented their work at scientific meetings this Spring.
The second round of applications opens on May 13, 2016. The deadline for applications in this round is July 4, 2016, with decisions to be announced in the week commencing July 25, 2016.
Who is eligible to apply
Applicants must be:
- Researchers with no more than five years of active research experience since their doctoral graduation
- 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.
Grants will be awarded by a committee made up of members of the eLife editorial board and early-career advisors, and 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
Applications from the former awardees of the travel grants will not be considered.
We will consider one application per person only.
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 to inform about the result of their application. We strongly encourage all applicants to sign up for updates about all of 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.