Underrepresented Trainee Scholarships

Keystone Symposia is offering scholarships to Students and Post-doctoral fellows of ethnic origin who are underrepresented in the life sciences community. These scholarships, of up to 1,200 USD each, are to be used to help defray the expenses associated with conference attendance, including meeting registration, air and ground transportation, and lodging costs. Receipts will be required to receive reimbursement.

Applications may be submitted for both a Keystone Symposia Scholarship and an Underrepresented Trainee Scholarship; however, only one scholarship can be awarded. Scholarship recipients will be selected based on the quality of science of the abstract and the relevance of the abstract to the conference topic. Only one application per abstract is accepted. Only one award per lab will be allocated.


To be eligible for an Underrepresented Trainee Scholarship, you must be:

  • A US Permanent Resident
  • A graduate student or post-doctoral fellow currently enrolled in an academic program
  • One of the following ethnic origins:
    • Hispanic American
    • African American
    • Native American or Alaska Native
    • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
    • Bicultural (claims parental heritage to one of the above populations in the United States)
  • An applicant is eligible to receive one award per meeting year (July 1st - June 30th).

Review Criteria

Criteria for Abstract Review:

  1. Relevance to the meeting topic
  2. Significance of the scientific question and results
  3. Style
    • Organization (e.g., the abstract has a clear beginning, middle and end)
    • Grammar and spelling
  4. Clarity of scientific presentations
    • Clear question or hypothesis
    • Sufficient background
    • The experimental approach and rationale for the approach are clear
    • The results are clearly presented
    • The interpretation and conclusions are reasonable and logical

Application Process

If you are eligible and wish to be considered for a scholarship, you should complete the following by the scholarship deadline for the meeting you wish to attend. It is recommended you begin these steps in advance of the deadline date to ensure completion.

Attention NIH employees: Keystone Symposia processes scholarships as a reimbursement. Please note that if your employment status with NIH precludes receiving awards as a reimbursement, your award will consist only of registration paid "in kind". You will forfeit the remainder of the award. We will not be able to pay "in kind" for such expenses as lodging and transportation.

Please click here to view the Frequently Asked Questions for Underrepresented Trainee Scholarships.
If you have any additional questions, please contact scholarships@keystonesymposia.org.

Please click here for a printable version of our scholarship and travel award opportunities.

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