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Travel Award Ad

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs sponsored Travel Award Program grants travel awards to postdoctoral scholars to support travel to a national or international conference for the purpose of presenting a paper or poster. Postdocs can receive up to $500 for domestic travel or up to $750 for international travel.

Application Deadlines:

Due to limited funds available, there is no guarantee of funding.  Notifications for awards will be sent via email to award recipients the first week of the month following the deadline.

Deadlines for 2020:

  • January 15 (notifications will be sent the first week of February)
  • March 15 (notifications will be sent the first week of April)
  • June 14 (notifications will be sent the first week of July)
  • September 16 (notifications will be sent the first week of October)


To apply, submit the following forms and materials in a single PDF with the subject line “Travel Award” to


Other Required Materials:

  1. Current CV
  2. Proof of invite from conference to present a paper, poster, or panel presentation.
  3. Abstract of presentation
  4. A write up no longer than one page detailing the following:
    • The meeting/conference
    • Paper/poster to be presented
    • How the trip will benefit your professional endeavors


  • Must be in your postdoc a minimum of six months prior to application deadline
  • Limit 1 award per postdoc (includes special travel awards)
  • PARE award recipients are not eligible
  • Need is a primary review consideration for this award

Applications must be submitted prior to travel:

  • Domestic Travel/Conference: Prior to conference date
  • International Travel/Conference: Prior to conference date
  • Any travel/registration fees to be paid up front by OPA: 2 weeks prior to conference date

Limited funds available and submission of application does not guarantee funding.  Special consideration will be given to those with financial need.


Depending upon the cost, airline tickets and conference registration fees may be covered by OPA in advance, if the application was submitted two weeks prior to the conference date. All other expenses will be reimbursed post-travel. Travel Award recipient must present receipts for reimbursement no later than 30 days after travel.

Your request must be consistent with the university policies for the reimbursement of travel expenses.  If your actual expenses are less than the amount of the award, your award is automatically reduced to the actual amount of expenses; the difference is not available to you for other travel related purposes.

Information on Travel Allowances

University-Related Travel Reminders

Past Recipients:


  • Liujiang Song, Gene Therapy Center
  • Hechen Bao, Pharmacology
  • Sophie Maiocchi, Surgery
  • Jiaqi Zhou, Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering
  • Brian Selgrade, Biomedical Engineering
  • Disha Gandhi, Center for Integrative Chemical Biology and Drug Discovery
  • Lauriel Earley, Pediatrics/Gene Therapy Center
  • Mary Spencer Cain, Exercise and Sport Science
  • Karl Schmidt, Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies
  • Kelsey Quinn, Cell Biology and Physiology
  • Lindsey Fernandez-Rhodes, Carolina Population Center/Epidemiology
  • Ashley Hagaman, Carolina Population Center
  • Shannon Jones, Applied Physical Sciences
  • Lipin Loo, Cell Biology and Physiology
  • Thomas Boothby, Chemistry
  • Matthew Chambers, Chemistry
  • Sarah Davies, Marine Sciences
  • Kia Davis, Health Behavior
  • Noemie Elgrishi, Chemistry
  • San Juanita Garcia, The Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research
  • Clare Harrop, Allied Health Sciences
  • Spencer Ingley
  • Elizabeth Lawrence, Carolina Population Center
  • Jaime Mirowsky, Toxicology
  • John Shorter, Genetics
  • Meghan Swanson, Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities
  • Li Wan, Biology
  • Li Yang, School of Pharmacy
  • Saira Ahmad, Pathology & Lab Medicine
  • Sankaraleengam Alagapan, Psychiatry
  • Richard Blackmon, Physics and Astronomy
  • Ellen Dover, Toxicology
  • Lara Hwa, Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies
  • Yuhui Li, Psychiatry
  • Bustamante Marin Ximeno Minerva, CF Center
  • Shalini Menon, Cell Biology and Physiology
  • Roberto Mota-Alviderz, Surgery – Research
  • Tharkika Nagendran, Biomedical Engineering
  • Bryce Seifert, Genetics
  • Abramyan Tigran, CICBDD
  • Xiao Yu, Institute of Marine Sciences
  • Jackie Zeeman, Practice Advancement
  • Lisa Zukowski, Allied Health Sciences
  • Kelsey Quinn, Cell Biology and Physiology
  • Lindsey Fernandez-Rhodes, Carolina Population Center/Epidemiology
  • Karl Schmidt, Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies