Travel funding opportunities for postdocs

A detailed list of travel funding opportunities for postdocs, curated/edited by eLife Ambassadors Lotte de Winde and Aziz Khan.

You can also browse our fundings schemes list for postdoc here.


Name Funder Purpose Applicant country Membership required? Membership time Award Subjects Deadline Comments
ECI-AAI Travel Grants for Trainees from Developing Countries American Association of Immunologists (AAI) European Congress of Immunology 2018 Developing country: check list on https://www.eci2018.org/fileadmin/user_upload/documents/Developing_Countries.pdf No No 600 Immunology April 23, 2018
AAI Travel Grants for the 5th European Congress of Immunology American Association of Immunologists (AAI) European Congress of Immunology 2018 Yes 2 years (2017 & 2018) $2000 Immunology April 2, 2018
AAI Travel for Techniques Program American Association of Immunologists (AAI) Learn a new technique in other lab Yes No $1500 Immunology 16 April - 15 June 2018, 15 August - 15 October 2018
Travel grant Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds Practical training in laboratories, courses up to 3 months Everyone, but non-European citizens have to work in or travel in Europe No NA Basic biomedical research at least 6 weeks before planned date of departure
Travel Award British Society for Immunology Meetings, congresses, visit lab, learn new technique Yes 1 year £500 for travel within the UK; £700 for European travel; and £1000 for rest of the World Immunology 1 February, 1 March, 1 August, 1 November
Scholarships Dutch Society of Immunlogy (NVVI) Grants for several purposes available NA Yes Immunology 1 March, 1 June, 1 September, 1 December No more grants available until September 2018
NVVI Travel Grants for Early Career Scientist from Developing Countries Dutch Society of Immunlogy (NVVI) European Congress of Immunology 2018 Developing country: check list on https://www.eci2018.org/fileadmin/user_upload/documents/Developing_Countries.pdf No NA 600 Immunology April 23, 2018
EFIS Travel Grant European Federation of Immunological Societies (EFIS) European Congress of Immunology 2018 NA Yes 600 Immunology April 23, 2018
IUIS Travel Grants International Union of Immunological Societies (IUIS) European Congress of Immunology 2018 Yes 600 Immunology April 23, 2018
Travel Awards for postdocs and PhD students MDPI Biology Journal Conference NA No NA 800 CHF / $810 / €720 Biology 31 January 2018
Technique-sharing travel grants Society for Mucosal Immunology Learn a new technique in other lab Yes Mucosal immunology 1 March 2018, June 1 2018 PI can also apply for lab members
Early-career researcher travel grants 2018 eLife Conference NA No NA $1000 Science 1 March, 3 June, 2 September 2018 only for authors on eLife paper
GSK Reise Stipendien GlaxoSmithKline Stiftung Conference Anyone, but has to work in Germany No NA only partial support for registration & travel cost Science min 8 weeks before end of conference
EMBO Short Term Fellowships EMBO Collaboration between labs EMBO Member States, Associated Member states or Cooperation partners No NA travel+subsistence costs Molecular Biology no deadline, recommended min 3months before proposed starting date must involve movement between countries
Travel Subsidies Fritz Thyssen Stiftung für Wissenschaftsörderung Visit another lab Anyone, but has to be German or work at a German research institute No NA Humanities, social science or biomedical research any time; decisions reached in 8 weeks
General Travel Grants Biochemical Society Scientific conferences, training courses, lab visit to learn a new technique Yes 1 year £300-£750 Biochemistry 7 times a year
Early Career Member Bursaries Biochemical Society Attend Biochemical Society Focused Meetings Yes £200-£300 Biochemistry Closing date of poster abstract submission of event of choice
Travelling Fellowships The Company of Biologist's journals Collaborative visit to other laboratories Country that is acknowledged by UN, EU or UK No NA up to £2500 Field of journal to which you apply 25 May 2018, 31 August 2018, 30 November 2018
Science Research Conferences (SRC) Travel Awards FASEB Science Research Conference Yes none $250-$500 Experimental Biology 3 weeks prior to start date of selected SRC
Conference and Research Funds University College London (UCL) Conference, lab visit, fieldwork, training Anyone, but work at UCL Consult Supervisory Team of Departmental Administrator
Conference Travel Grants Axol Bioscience Conference / Scientific meeting Anyone, but work at UCL No NA up to $500 Neuroscience, Cardiovascular research not known yet for 2018
Scientific Congresses FNRS Freedom to Research Scientific meeting attendance or organization Anyone, but for congress organization the organising committee should include professors from at least two universities from the Wallonia-Brussels Federation No NA Congress attendance: 2 (European) or 3 (non-European) months before; Congress organization: 6 months before Regulations are only provided in French
Travel support Arthritis Research UK Prestigious or relevant national of international scientific meeting Research needs to be funded by Arthritis Research UK Research needs to be funded by Arthritis Research UK NA £500-£1500 Arthritis 1 month before date of the meeting
Travelling Research Fellowships Alzheimer's Research UK Develop collaborations and learn new technique Lead applicant should be based in UK No NA Alzheimer's Disease 4 July 2018 Apply for 1-year abroad as part of 3-year programme
Overseas Travel Grants Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Develop collaborations, learn new technique Anyone, but visited institute should be outside UK No NA no limit Engineering and Physical Sciences any time
Travel Grants Charles Koch Foundation Support of career development opportunities, such as presenting at a conference, conducting research for a publication, or attending a professional development workshop No NA
The Arturo Falaschi ICGEB Short-Term Fellowship International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB) Short-term fellowships for ongoing collaborative research at ICGEB laboratories in Trieste, New Delhi and Cape Town From ICGEB Member States (http://www.icgeb.org/member-states.html) No NA Trieste: €2,000; New Delhi: US$1,590; Cape Town: ZAR18,750. Science 31 March, 30 June, 30 September, 31 December Duration: 1-6 months. Includes travel, insurance and visa fees.
The Arturo Falaschi ICGEB Scientific Mobility for Advanced Research Training (SMART) International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB) Mobility of researchers between ICGEB Member States From ICGEB Member States (http://www.icgeb.org/member-states.html) No NA US$800-US$1,500 (+US$500/month to host) Basic Sciences; Human Health; Industrial and agricultural biotechnology; Environmental bioremediation 31 March, 30 June, 30 September, 31 December Duration: 3-9 months.
International exchanges The Royal Society Develop collaborations and learn new technique Anyone, but work in UK No NA UK £3k-12k Basic Sciences; Human Health; Industrial and agricultural biotechnology; Environmental bioremediation 13 March 2018 Duration:3 months
Cost Share Programme The Royal Society Develop collaborations and learn new technique Anyone, but work in UK No NA UK £3k-12k Basic Sciences; Human Health; Industrial and agricultural biotechnology; Environmental bioremediation 13 March 2018 Collaborate with partners in Argentina, China, France, Ireland, Japan, Russia, Taiwan
Yusuf and Farida Hamied Foundation International Exchanges Award The Royal Society Develop collaborations and learn new technique Anyone, but work in UK No NA UK £3k-12k Basic Sciences; Human Health; Industrial and agricultural biotechnology; Environmental bioremediation 13 March 2018 collaborations with researchers in India
Royal Society of Chemistry International Exchanges Award The Royal Society Develop collaborations and learn new technique Anyone, but work in UK No NA UK £3k-12k Chemistry 13 March 2018 collaborations between researchers in the UK and those in Sub-Saharan Africa (excluding South Africa) working on projects in the field of Chemistry.
International Academic Fellowships Leverhulme Trust Develop collaborations and learn new technique Resident in UK, non-student, hold established position No NA UK up to £45k Science and humanities current round of awards must commence between 1 June 2018 and 1 May 2019. Duration:3-12 months
Study Abroad Studentships Leverhulme Trust Advanced study or research to learn new technique Resident in UK for at least 5 years, hold a degree from UK instutitution, studying at UK institution No NA UK £21k Science and humanities, PhD and postdoc Duration: 12-24 months
Newton Mobility Grants British Council Develop collaborations Must be in eligible country, coming to the UK to establish collaboration (Brazil, Malaysia, Mexico, South Africa, Turkey, Thailand, Vietnam) No NA Science 14 March 2018 Duration: 12 months
International Travel Award Scheme (ITAS) BBSRC Develop collaborations and learn new technique BBSRC funded (UK) Must be BBSRC funded NA UK £3k Science Anytime
Daniel Turnberg Travel Fellowships Wellcome Trust Develop collaborations and learn new technique Must have PhD or MD, from Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, UK No NA UK 3.5k-9k Biomedical science
Travel grants (Early Career MRSB) Royal Society of Biology Future biology-related projects abroad or future overseas conferences Yes NA UK £500 Biology 1st March
The Carl Storm Underrepresented Minority Fellowship (CSURM) Gordon Research Conference Conference Be attending a GRC, working in the US, Hispanic or Latino, American Indian or Alaska Native, Black or African American, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander No NA Any topic covered by GRC Anytime Conference attendence
ITC Conference Grants European Cooperation in Science and Technology Conference Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Croatia, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malta, Montenegro, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Slovakia, the former Yugoslav Re No No Up to 2500 Euro Topic must be in the the COST Action www.greekc.org/objectives March 15, 2018
Conference Attendance Grants Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASAB) ASAB conferences (Easter, Summer, Winter meetings) Yes NA UK £400 Animal behaviour 1 June 2018, 1 October 2018 Included: conference registration, accomodation, meals, travel
British Pharmacological Society Grants British Pharmacological Society Conference Yes up to £2500 Pharmacology 31 January, 31 May and 30 September
Grindley Grant Experimental Psychology Society (EPS) Conference Yes, but applications from non-members must have used a Grindley Grant to attend an EPS meeting before applying to attend a non-EPS meeting UK £500 Experimental Psychology 4 weeks before non-EPS conference, 2 weeks before EPS conference Only available to applicants: (a) registered for a postgraduate research degree and be within 4 years of initial registration (or part-time equivalent), or (b) postdoctoral workers who are within 2 years of having received their doctorate, or (c) retired EPS members
Study visit grants Experimental Psychology Society (EPS) Develop collaborations and learn new technique Preference will be given to applicants supervised by an EPS member, or whose visit involves a project with an EPS member max £3000 (UK) Experimental Psychology 1st March, 1st June, 1st September and 1st December
LASA Bursaries Laboratory Animal Science Association (LASA) laboratory animal science events No NA up to £1000 (UK) laboratory animal science Any time
Microbiology society-supported conference grants Microbiology Society Conference organisation Yes 2 years up to £2000 (UK) Microbiology 11 June 2018
Travel grant Microbiology Society Conference, short course or training event Yes 2 years up to £750 (UK) Microbiology 1st March, 1st June, 1st September and 1st December
Research visit grant Microbiology Society Develop collaborations Yes 2 years up to £3000 (UK) Microbiology 1 April, 1 October short visits from 1-3 months
Scientific Meeting Grant Society for Applied Microbiology Conference Yes 1 year £300 (UK) Applied Microbiology 4 weeks prior to start of event
Travel Grant Society for Endocrinology Conference Yes 1 year £500-£600 (UK) Endocrinology 14 March 2018, 15 August 2018, 5 December 2018 cover registration, travel and accommodation costs
SEB Annual Meeting Travel Grant Society for Experimental Biology Attend SEB Annual meeting up to £400 (UK) Experimental Biology 4 May 2018
Galton Institute Postdoctoral Travel Grant The Galton Institute Develop collaborations, learn new technique up to £6000 (UK) Human genetics visit of minimum 6 months
Junior Scientist Conference Grants The Genetics Society Conference UK-based to go abroad, non-UK-based to go to UK £150-£750 (UK) Genetics
Travel grants The Physiological Society Conference Yes, or affiliate £500-£700 Psychology 11 deadlines per year
AACR Travel Grant Proteintech American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) 2018 Annual Meeting Europe or the US no NA up to $1000 for registration, accommodation or travel Cancer research 6 March 2018
ISSCR Travel Award ISSCR Conference Anyone Yes 1 year Stem Cells Annual
JDRF Travel Grant JDRF Conference Australian $2000 or $4000 Diabetes
Bio-Techne Travel Grants - Go Everywhere 2018 Bio-Techne (R&D systems) Conference No NA $1000 Monthly travel grant; apply till 31 December 2018 One winner announced each month (within first 10 days of each month)
Bio-Techne Travel Grants - AACR 2018 Bio-Techne (R&D systems) American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) 2018 Annual Meeting No NA $1000 Cancer research 4 april 2018 Recipients announced 8 April 2018
Bio-Techne Travel Grants - ISSCR 2018 Bio-Techne (R&D systems) International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) 2018 Annual Meeting No NA $1000 Stem cell research 30 april 2018 Recipients announced 5 May 2018
Bio-Techne Travel Grants - FENS 2018 Bio-Techne (R&D systems) FENS 2018 No NA 30 april 2018 Recipients announced 8 May 2018
Guarantors of Brain Travel Grant Guarantors of Brain Conferences or training UK-based, any nationality no NA £400-£1000 Neuroscience/Neurology 8weeks before conference/travel
Fulbright travel grant United States Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Depen expertise, acquire new skills, work with additional resources, and make connections with others in their fields US citizen no NA it varies All August 1, 2018
ISDP Travel Awards International Society for Developmental Psychobiology (ISDP) ISDP 51st Annual Meeting Yes it varies Developmental Phychobiology June 1, 2018 Apply for travel award upon conference registration
Young Investigator Awards International Cytokine and Interferon Society (ICIS) 6th ICIS Annual Meeting it varies Cytokine and Interferon research March 15 & April 17, 2018 Several travel awards
AfOx Travel Grant Africa-Oxford Initiative Develop collaborations Joint application between member of staff at Oxford with collaborator in Africa No N/A up to £5000 Any discipline Any time establishment of new collaborations between researchers in African countries and The University of Oxford for research or teaching
RSTMH Travel Grant Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (RSTMH) Clinical or scientific research or fieldwork £5000 Tropical Medicine
PLOS Early Career Travel Award Program PLOS journal Conference (co)-author of PLOS publication Currently closed
Biolegend Travel Awards Biolegend Conference No N/A $500 Immunology, Cell Biology One drawing every month
IBRO International Travel Grants International Brain Research Organization (IBRO) Conference up to €1800 Neuroscience Priority is given to those applicants who have not obtained an IBRO International Travel Grant or an IBRO/SfN Travel grant within the past three years.
SULSA Postdoctoral and Early Career Researcher Exchange Scheme Scottish Universities Life Science Alliance (SULSA) Existing or new collaborations ECR must be employed with a SULSA department up to £5000 Visit must take place in Europe (not UK), North America, China or India only
DAAD Stipendien Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD; German Academic Exchange Service) website is in German
SimonsFonds Travel Grants Simons Foundation Fund (SimonsFonds, ErasmusMC) Conference, scientific visits applicant must be in the temporary employment of a Dutch institute €600-€800 Human genetics June 30 & December 31