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Science Research Conference Awards and Travel Grants

Dr. Benvenuto Pernis Memorial Junior Trainee Awards


Dr. Benvenuto Pernis was one of the early pioneers in the field of immunology. Ben conducted early fundamental studies in lymphocyte biology and was instrumental in the founding of the Basel Institute for Immunology in Switzerland. He brought a unique blend of passion and creativity to a highly distinguished scientific career, which lasted more than six decades. He especially enjoyed mentoring and advising young researchers. His family is proud to honor his legacy by providing the opportunity for young scientists to meet and share their work with leaders in immunology.

Award Amount

Several $1,000+ travel awards will be available.

Minimum Eligibility Requirements

  • Must commit to attending the conference for at least 3 days.
  • Must be a Postdoctoral Fellow, Graduate Student or Early-Career Investigator /Assistant Professor

How to Apply

Students and postdocs should (1) submit an abstract (title, authors, institution, body of abstract) and (2) a letter of intent:

“I am applying for the Dr. Benvenuto Pernis Memorial Junior Trainee Award to attend the 2019 FASEB Autoimmunity Conference. This application is approved by my mentor (Mentor’s name, Title, and Mentor’s contact information with email address)*. I also attest that I will be attending the conference for at least 3 days. If my circumstances change, and I cannot attend the event for at least 3 days, I will immediately notify the Fund Committee (”.

*Mentor attestation is not required for Early-Career Investigators/Assistant Professors.

The letter of intent should be signed by the applicant. Complete applications should be emailed to with the Subject header “Dr. Benvenuto Pernis Memorial Junior Trainee Award Application."

Award Deadline

The applications should be received on or before May 22, 2019, to allow for timely review of applications by the selection committee appointed by the organizers.

Award Notification

Applicants will be notified of the decision prior to the start of the conference. The awardees will receive complimentary registration discount codes that they will use to have their registration fees waived. At the Conference, the awardees will receive a Dr. Benvenuto Pernis Memorial Junior Trainee Award Certificate in recognition of their achievements.

Please direct any questions concerning this award to

Federal Awards

FASEB encourages the participation of women, underrepresented minorities, and junior trainees at each Science Research Conference (SRC). Over 90 percent of SRCs apply to and receive federal conference grants that support junior and underrepresented scientists’ attendance to SRCs. Many SRCs also receive private and non-profit funding for travel and poster awards.

The availability of financial support and awards varies by conference and is contingent upon funding. In addition, most SRCs provide Travel, Poster, or Short-Talk Awards. The awards are generally based on the quality of submitted abstracts, poster presentations, or oral presentations and typically range from $250-$1,000.

Attendees will automatically be considered for financial support when they register and are encouraged to select "I wish to be considered for a conference Award/Grant" when registering. There is no application form for awards provided at the conference. Travel Grants Program


Each quarter, offers travel grants up to $500 to help cover the cost of attending conferences.

These travel grants are open to PhD candidates, lab managers, and post-docs from academic research institutions across the US.

The grant is intended to help cover the costs of registration, accommodation, and travel to conferences of choice.

For a chance to win, simply complete the online application form; including a summary of your research or abstract for the conference.

Available For

All FASEB Science Research Conferences

Award Amount

Awards typically range from $500.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be one of the following:
    • PhD candidate
    • Postdoctoral Fellow
    • Lab Manger
  • Must have provide a summary of your research or abstract

How to Apply

Simply complete the online application form including a summary of your research or abstract for the conference.

Please direct any questions concerning this award to Sebastian Newlove,

International Society for Matrix Biology (ISMB) Travel Grants Program – ISMB Members Only


ISMB provides international travel grants (up to 800 euros each) for young scientists (graduate students or postdocs up to 5 years after Ph.D., with extensions for maternity leave, military service, etc) to allow them to attend major meetings in matrix biology anywhere in the world. While priority will be given to meetings directly supported by ISMB (including Matrix Biology Europe, the American Society for Matrix Biology and the Pan Pacific Connective Tissue Societies Symposium), applications are accepted for any meeting, provided that the scope of the meeting agrees with the aims of the Society. To apply for a travel grant, please send your application to the ISMB secretary, in the form of a single pdf file containing: (1) a letter giving information about the meeting, the amount requested and a detailed justification for support, (2) the abstract of your poster/short talk, (3) your curriculum vitae and list of publications.

Available For

Candidates should be members of the ISMB. Grants are for international travel only and will be awarded on the basis of scientific excellence and relevance to matrix biology.

Award Amount

Up to €800.


Please apply several months in advance of the meeting, before one of the following deadlines: January 1, April 1, July 1, October 1.

How to Apply

Application details can bound on the ISMB website Contact ISMB for additional information.


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