Underrepresented Trainee Scholarships

Keystone Symposia is offering scholarships to Students and Postdoctoral Fellows in the life sciences from underrepresented backgrounds. 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 fee, abstract fee, airfare (restrictions may apply based on funding source), ground transportation and lodging costs. Receipts will be required to receive reimbursement for travel expenses other than registration fees. Keystone Symposia strongly encourages those with disabilities to apply for these scholarships (for more information, visit Keystone Symposia Policy on Accessibility).

NOTE: Keystone Symposia will pay the registration fee when the scholarship is awarded to reduce out of pocket expenses, and the amount will be deducted from the total award.

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.

Eligibility

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

  • A United States Citizen or United States Permanent Resident
  • A graduate student or postdoctoral fellow currently enrolled in an academic program
  • From one of the following underrepresented backgrounds listed below or have a disability
    (If you have a disability, please contact scholarships@keystonesymposia.org for instructions to complete the application):
    • Hispanic American or Latin 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.

  • Complete Underrepresented Trainee application
  • Submit an abstract for the meeting to which you are applying (with paid abstract fee)
  • Have your mentor submit a letter via our website to verify your status as a student or postdoc

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.

NOTE: If you do not see the meeting you would like to apply for in the drop down below, the scholarship deadline has passed.

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