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ISMB 2016 - Travel Fellowship Application

Chair: Guilherme Oliveira, Vale Technology Institute, Brazil
Co-chair: Lucia Peixoto, Washington State University, Spokane, United States


ISCB is pleased to offer travel fellowships to ISMB 2016 for students and postdoctoral fellows to present a talk or poster at the conference in Orlando, United States. Funding sources for Travel Fellowships are very limited and we regret that we are not able to fund all applicants. The conference organizers are committed to providing support to as many eligible applicants as possible. Travel Fellowship consideration is based on membership and accepted work to ISMB 2016.

Travel Fellowship Application Invitations are sent directly to eligible individuals after acceptance of a Proceedings, Highlight, Late Breaking Research, Poster (excluding accepted Late Posters), Art and Science and Special Session submission.



  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 Oral or Poster presentation (excluding accepted Late Posters) in order to be eligible to apply for travel fellowship funds through ISMB 2016
  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. The deadline to submit a fellowship application is May 6, 2016, by 5:00 Eastern Time. No exceptions will be made.


Travel Fellowship Key Dates
May 6, 2016 Travel Fellowship Application Deadline
May 27, 2016 Travel Fellowship Acceptance Notification
June 2, 2016 Early Bird Registration Deadline (11:00 pm Pacific Daylight Time)



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 2016 maximum awards will be as follows:

Africa 1500 USD
Asia (excluding Middle East) 1000 USD
Canada (Ontario and East)
Canada (West of Ontario)
750 USD
900 USD
Europe 1000 USD
Mexico / Central America / South America 1000 USD
Middle East 1500 USD
Oceania 2000 USD
USA (East of Mississippi River)
USA (West of Mississippi River)
750 USD
900 USD


Application Process

Application is by invitation-only, sent automatically via email to the submitting author of an accepted Proceedings, Highlight, Late Breaking Research, and Poster (excluding accepted Late Posters) submission. This invitation email will arrive after notification of acceptance of one of these submission types as a separate. IF YOU HAVE AN ACCEPTED PRESENTATION AND HAVE NOT RECEIVED AN INVITATION BY APRIL 25 – PLEASE 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, if he or she meets the qualifying requirements. 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 May 6, 2016.


Eligibility Requirements

  1. Applicant must be a current ISCB member whose membership does not expire prior to the last day of the conference (July 12, 2016). 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 2016 Proceedings paper, Highlight paper, Late Breaking Research abstract, or 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 2016 by the early registration deadline of June 2, 2016, and plan to attend all 3 conference days (July 10, 11, 12). 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 6, 2016 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.


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 $660 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).



Applicants will be notified no later than May 27, 2016 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. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


FASEB Underrepresented Trainee Travel Awards

Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) sponsors Underrepresented Trainee Travel Awards to support the scientific meeting participation of full-time postdoctoral fellows and students from underrepresented groups in the United States. The awards will provide up to $1,850 in funding for meeting registration and travel-related expenses to each award recipient (in the form of reimbursement after the meeting).

Eligible applicants must:
Be listed as an author and be the presenter of an accepted Oral or Poster presentation
Register for ISMB 2016 by June 2, 2016 (11:00 pm Pacific Time)
Be a U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident with legal status
Be from a full-time student or postdoctoral fellow enrolled at a minority institution or historically black college or university OR be an underrepresented* full-time student or postdoctoral fellow from a majority institution

* For the purpose of meeting the goals and objectives specified by the grant program, individuals from groups underrepresented in the biomedical sciences include:

Individuals from racial and ethnic groups shown to be underrepresented in biomedical research including Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians (who maintain tribal affiliation or community attachment) or Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other U.S. Pacific Islanders (Guam, American Samoa);

  • Individuals with disabilities, defined as those with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities; and
  • Individuals [undergraduate students] from disadvantaged backgrounds, defined as those from a family with an annual income below established low-income thresholds and those who come from an educational environment that has inhibited the individual from obtaining the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to develop and participate in a research career.

The travel awards are supported by a federal training grant from the NIGMS/NIH.

Travel Awards are Contingent Upon Funding Availability: Please be advised of the following information pertaining to FASEB travel award funding for meetings and program activities that occur after June 30, 2016: FASEB is awaiting a funding decision from NIGMS/NIH. Any FASEB Travel Award offered for scientific meetings that will take place on or after July 1, 2016 will be offered on a “conditional/contingent upon funding availability” basis.

For questions regarding the FASEB Underrepresented Trainee Travel Awards contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


ISMB Travel Fellowship Contact:
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 2016 Travel Fellowships.