Scholarship Information

Note:  Several conferences are being converted to a virtual meeting format. For virtual meetings, which require no travel or lodging, scholarships will provide a free registration.  The number of scholarships will depend on available funding, and will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis to qualified applicants. If you are applying for a scholarship, do not register for the virtual meeting until you receive notice of the status of your scholarship application.  

See posted Financial Aid deadlines of eSymposia events

The Keystone Symposia scholarship program offers up to 1,200 USD to Students and Postdoctoral fellows to help defray expenses associated with in-person conference attendance, including airfare (restrictions may apply based on funding source), ground transportation, lodging, and a portion of the registration fee. Receipts will be required to receive reimbursement.

Abstracts submitted for poster presentation will be used as the basis for awarding the scholarships. 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.

Scholarship Application fees are as follows:

  • $50 refundable* abstract fee for in-person meetings (*abstract fee is refundable if the application is not awarded, and the abstract is withdrawn)

Please check specific conference page under the Conference List for any additional financial aid opportunities.


To be eligible for a scholarship, you must be:

  • A graduate student or postdoctoral fellow currently enrolled in an academic institute at the start of the meeting for which you are applying. Note: a graduate student is defined as a student who is studying for a higher degree at an academic institution. A postdoctoral fellow is defined as an individual with a Ph.D., M.D., or DVM degree who is engaged in a temporary period of mentored research and/or scholarly training for the purpose of acquiring the professional skills needed to pursue their desired career path, and is within 6 years of these degrees. The 6 year degree determination is based on the meeting start date.
  • 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 all of 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.

After logging into your account, click the “Apply for a Scholarship” button below and please follow these steps:

  • Select your meeting (Step 1 below)
  • Verify your contact information (Step 2 below)
  • Submit an abstract for the meeting to which you are applying (with paid abstract fee) (Step 3 below)
  • Have your mentor submit a letter via our website to verify your status as a student or postdoc (Step 4 below)

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.

NOTE:  Global Health Travel Awards and Underrepresented Trainee Scholarships are also available.

Please click here to view the Frequently Asked Questions for scholarships. If you have any additional questions, please contact

You must Log in to our website (more steps will follow when you are logged in) in order to start the application process.

Apply for a Scholarship

Contact us with questions

Financial Assistance / Student Scholarships

Jeff Lehman
Scholarship Coordinator
Phone: +1 800-253-0685 or +1 970-262-2678
Email Scholarships Department