20th Annual International Conference on
Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology

Call for Travel Fellowships – ISMB 2012

Travel Fellowship Form


All ISCB travel fellowship recipients are required to complete the following form.

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Funding Information

ISMB 2012 is pleased to offer funding opportunities for students and postdoctoral fellows to present a talk or poster at the conference in Long Beach, California, USA. The conference organizers are committed to providing support to as many eligible applicants as possible, although our funding sources are very limited and we regret that we are not able to fund all applicants. Travel Fellowship Application Invitations are sent directly to eligible individuals after acceptance of a submitted talk or poster (excluding acceptances to the call for Late Posters).

Submission Schedule
Friday, April 13, 2012 Travel Fellowship Application Deadline
Friday, May 25, 2012
DELAYED until Wednesday, May 30th
Travel Fellowship Acceptance Notification


Application Process
Application is by invitation-only, sent automatically via email from the ISCB submission system to the submitting author of each accepted Highlight paper, Late Breaking Research abstract, Paper, and Poster (excluding accepted Late Posters). This invitation email will arrive after notification of acceptance of one of these submissions to present at ISMB 2012, as a separate email from the acceptance email. IF YOU HAVE AN ACCEPTED PRESENTATION AND HAVE NOT RECEIVED AN INVITATION BY APRIL 11 РPLEASE CHECK YOUR SPAM FOLDER AND THEN CONTACT US IF AN INVITATION IS NOT THERE: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Each invitation will include a unique travel fellowship application URL to link to an application. The application URL must be submitted by the presenting author only, and only if he or she meets the eligibility requirements noted below. If the submitting author is not the presenting author, it is the responsibility of the submitting author to forward the invitation to the presenting author if he or she meets the eligibility requirements. Each application URL can only be used one time and no application will be accepted after the deadline of Friday, April 13, 2012.

Eligibility Requirements
  1. Applicant must be a current ISCB member whose membership does not expire prior to the last day of the conference (July 17, 2012). Applications will not be accepted from non-members; pending memberships do not qualify and must be paid in full prior to submission of an application.
  2. Applicant must be listed as an author or co-author on the original submission of an accepted ISMB 2012 Highlight paper, Late Breaking Research abstract, Paper, and Poster (excluding accepted Late Posters), and, per the requirements of the funding agencies, the funded applicant must be the presenting author of the work. (Submitters to the "Call for Late Posters" are not eligible for fellowship funding.)
  3. Applicant must be registered in a degree program (undergraduate or graduate) or as a postdoctoral research fellow at an accredited educational institution at the time of the conference; post docs and employees of any US federal agency are ineligible for funding using US federal funds - currently we have only US federal funds for this travel fellowship program.
  4. Applicant must be prepared to register for ISMB 2012 by the early registration deadline of June 1, 2012, and plan to attend all 3 conference days (July 15, 16, 17). If attendance at the conference is dependent on receipt of travel fellowship funds, please do not register until after the notification of travel fellowship funding. Any funded applicant failing to register for the conference by the early registration deadline of June 1, 2012 will automatically forfeit the funds so that another applicant can be awarded from among the original pool of applicants.
  5. Applicant must be able to pay all expenses of attending the conference up front, including conference registration fee (as noted in #4 above), travel, accommodations and meals. Travel Fellowship funding will be provided as a reimbursement as a check payable in USD and mailed to the participant approximately 6-8 weeks after the conference.

MARC Funding
If you meet all of the eligibility requirements above AND are a US citizen or US permanent resident AND belong to a minority group recognized as underrepresented in the sciences by the NIH, please be aware that you qualify to apply for a Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) travel award through the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB). These awards are meant to cover the full cost of attending the conference, and therefore we highly encourage all MARC eligible presenters to apply for these funds. For more information and to link to an application form, please see: http://www.faseb.org/Marc/MARC-and-Professional-Development/Travel-Awards/Travel-Awards--Scientific-Meetings-and-Conferences.aspx and then click on Poster/Platform (Oral) Presenter Travel Award at the bottom of the page to access the MARC application form. The MARC funding application deadline is June 1, 2012.
Further, funding to ISMB 2012 will either be awarded through ISMB 2012 or through the MARC program, not both. However, because funding availability is very limited, an application to the MARC program is encouraged for all who meet the MARC eligibility criteria.

Eligible expenses
Eligible expenses toward travel fellowship funds include conference registration, transportation (air or land transportation from home region to conference city), a maximum of $780 USD of hotel room and occupancy tax charges, and a maximum of $165 USD in meal expenses. In order to receive the full awarded amount, receipts for registration, transportation and hotel accommodations are required that equal or exceed the awarded amount. Conference registration fee is reimbursable at the early registration pricing only; registration fees to attend pre-conference events such as SIGs and Tutorials are not reimbursable expenses, but the registration fee for the Student Council Symposium is an accepted expense (only when also registering for the full conference).
The maximum fellowship award is determined based on geographical location of applicant and upon submission of appropriate receipts. Please note that funded applicants will only be able to cover approximately 50% of the expense of travel and registration fees with these fellowship amounts. Thus all applicants must seek and secure additional funding sources (e.g., from your home institution/university, or grant funding). For ISMB 2012 maximum awards will be as follows:
Africa 1,550 USD
Asia (excluding Middle East)
1,325 USD

1,050 USD

1,400 USD

Mexico / Central America

900 USD

Middle East
1,350 USD
1,650 USD
South America

1,350 USD

United States
900 USD

Applicants will be notified no later than May 25, May 30, 2012 (with deep apologies, the notification date has been delayed due to unforeseen circumstances) of the funding status. In some cases applicants may be notified they are on a wait list for funding, which means that ISCB is fully expecting but still awaiting the formal confirmation of our grant award from one or more granting agency, and that awarding of those funds will not be possible until the grant needed to fund the travel fellowship is confirmed. Any wait listed applicant that is eventually awarded funds will be offered the opportunity to register at the early registration rate, therefore, please do not register for the conference if your attendance is fully dependent on being awarded a travel fellowship as any cancellation of an applicant's registration will be subject to the full regular registration cancellation policy.
Funded applicants will be required to present evidence of their eligibility status (such as student identification card) at the conference registration desk to receive their funds, and must sign in with the Travel Fellowships Desk to record their attendance. In all cases, funds will be mailed to funded applicants after the conference per the details noted in Eligibility Requirements #5 above.
  1. The submitting author will be sent the invitation and is responsible for getting the invitation to the presenting author if the work is not being presented by the submitting author;
  2. Applicant must be a current member of ISCB prior to submitting an application;
  3. Applicant must be listed as an author and be the presenter of an accepted Paper, Poster, Highlights or Late Breaking Research presentation in order to be eligible to apply for travel fellowship funds through ISMB 2012 (MARC applications can be made after notification of accepted Late Poster and/or Art and Science presentation);
  4. All applicants must attend all 3 conference days and secure additional funding from other sources in order to be able to cover the full costs of attending the conference;
  5. Applicant's that plan to apply for MARC funds must do so per the URL in the MARC Funding section above (not applicable as the additional funding source mentioned in summary item #4 above) - the MARC application deadline is June 1st and cannot be extended;
  6. The deadline to submit a fellowship application is Friday, April 13, 2012, by 11:59 PM in the time zone of your choice. No exceptions will be made.

Questions regarding fellowships should be addressed to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
The information on this page is subject to change without notice, and all changed information will be considered final for the purposes of awarding and funding ISMB 2012 Travel Fellowships.