Systematics, Evolution, and Biodiversity (SysEB) Student Research Travel Award

A call for proposals
Due: Friday, 16 March 2018

The Systematics, Evolution, and Biodiversity (SysEB) section leadership invites SysEB undergraduate and graduate students to submit applications for the SysEB Student Research Travel Award Program (SRTA). Travel Awards provide funding for student fieldwork and/or research travel to other institutions to enhance research projects. Successful proposals from graduate students will be funded through support from the SysEB section; top-ranked proposals from graduate students will be recognized and funded separately by the SysEB Student Research Endowment (SRE). 

Proposals are competitively judged based on the following factors: a) benefit of the proposed travel to the student's research; b) scientific justification.

SysEB Student Research Travel Award Program Details:

1. Eligibility: Current undergraduate or graduate students only; must be members in good standing of the SysEB section of the Entomological Society of America (ESA); eligible applicants may receive one Student Research Travel Award (SRTA) only (i.e., previous Award recipients are not eligible to apply for additional Awards).

2. Allowed Travel Requests: Proposals will be considered for costs associated with domestic and/or international travel to conduct research (including fieldwork, offsite lab work, and research visits to museum collections); the SRTA Program will provide award recipients with travel funding only (all official/legal permissions and/or permits for the travel are the responsibility of the student).

3. Awards: Typical award amounts are approximately $1,000-$1,500. Payment of the award will occur upon completion of travel as reimbursement. Students must provide evidence of travel (copy of boarding pass, hotel receipts, etc.) and copies of collecting and export permits (if applicable). Travel must be completed within a year of the award date.

4. Application package: Should include (in single spaced 12-point Arial, 1-inch margins):

a. 1-page description of the proposed research project (title, brief background, specific hypotheses, scientific importance) and the purpose of the proposed travel, including explanation of how the proposed travel will enhance your research.

b. 1-page detailed budget with specific travel plans and budget justification including a statement of confirmation that all relevant collecting, research, and/or export permits are current or obtainable for the proposed travel.

c. Literature references, if applicable (1 page maximum).

d. A short statement (a paragraph) from your major professor (or advisor) that indicates your student status and how well the proposed travel is integrated with your research (can be a separate letter, but should be included in the application).

All nomination packages must be submitted electronically to the Systematics, Evolution, and Biodiversity Award Nomination Website.  Please prepare a single PDF file consisting of all four sections described above and submit by Friday March 16, 2018.  Successful applicants will be notified by the end of April. Travel receipts (=evidence of travel) and copies of collecting and export permits (if applicable) should be emailed to SysEB Treasurer, Dr. Aaron Smith (

View the list of those who have previously received the Student Research Travel Award.
View the list of those who have previously received the Graduate Student Research Endowment Award.

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