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ASPB 2024 Women's Young Investigator Travel Award (WYITA)


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Deadline November 1, 2023

ASPB is now accepting applications via electronic submission for the Women’s Young Investigator Travel Awards to attend Plant Biology 2024, which is scheduled to be held this year in Honolulu, HI from June 22-26, 2024. The goal of the program is to increase attendance of early-career female investigators who are within the first five years of their appointment in academic faculty-level positions, government research positions, or corporate research scientist positions, as well as experienced postdocs. Awardees must hold positions at an academic, corporate, or government institution. The Society plans to allot $7,000 to be awarded in increments of $1,000 for this program. 

ELIGIBILTY: (Eligible women must meet these criteria)

  •  ·Must be members of ASPB. (Applicants may reside outside the U.S.)
  •   Must currently be in one of the following categories:
  •   Academic faculty member (within first 5 years of appointment)
  •   Government researcher (within first 5 years of appointment)
  •   Corporate researcher (within first 5 years of appointment)
  •   Experienced post-doctoral researcher with at least three consecutive years of research in their field (seeking to obtain an independent position)

SUBMISSION: (omission of one of these components will make your submission ineligible)

Applicants must submit:

  1. an abstract of research to be presented at the meeting
  2. a one page personal statement that:
    1. explains why the applicant’s travel should be supported by ASPB and what outcomes are anticipated from attendance
    2. delineates professional obligations in current role
    3. defines alternate or complementary potential sources of travel funds
  3. a two page curriculum vitae

Selection criteria will be based on the science and the quality of the abstract relative to the amount of time as a young investigator, and on financial need. Applications and supporting materials must be submitted electronically by Wednesday, November 1, 2023 (11:59 p.m. ET). Applicants who are selected to receive a travel award will be notified by email in early December 2023.

Please Note:

  • All WYITA recipients will receive the early-bird registration rate.
  • Award payments will not be issued until the awardee has registered for the ASPB annual meeting.
  • Should unforeseen events prevent an awardee from attending the meeting, the awardee must notify Sylvia Lee immediately and return the award so that a waitlisted applicant can use the award to attend the meeting.​

Awardees are encouraged to register and secure housing for Plant Biology 2024 well in advance of the early-bird deadline.