The Biomedical Postdoctoral Council is proud to announce the BPC Presidential Travel Award program. For our first year, three travel awards will be available, each worth $750. They can be used for any non-local meeting, where the postdoc is either presenting an abstract or undergoing defined professional development. Details are below.
Submission Deadlines and Award Dates:
Three awards will be distributed throughout the year; each award has its own submission deadline and eligibility period for when the travel needs to occur, as outlined below:
|Submission Deadline||Award Announcement Date||Eligible Travel Window|
|Feb 1||Feb 15||March- June|
|June 1||June 15||July- Oct|
|Oct 1||Oct 15||Nov-Feb|
Application Process and Eligibility Requirements:
All postdocs that are part of the BPC umbrella are eligible for the travel award. Additionally, matching funds of at least $500 must be provided by the PI, training grant, or other source.
The following documents should be put together in a single pdf in the below order and submitted to Lauren Cannon in the BPP office (email@example.com) by the deadlines listed above.
- The name and location of the meeting, and the source of your matching funding.
- A copy of the accepted abstract for the meeting and letter of acceptance from the meeting, or a cover letter (no longer than 1 page) outlining the professional development benefits you would receive by attending the meeting in question.
- Letter of support/recommendation from your PI.
The BPC co-presidents (who are ineligible for the travel award) will select the winner of each travel award based on the following criteria: 1) professional development potential and prestige for the postdoc (thus an oral plenary talk at a large international meeting would be weighed more heavily than a poster at a regional meeting); 2) financial need of the post-doc, as described in the PI letter of support; 3) general scientific merit.
Why not a strict requirement, the BPC will ask you to take a picture (or 10) of yourself at the meeting and post them on social media, tagging the BPC.