Travel Awards Information

Each year VSS endeavors to support travel to the annual meeting through a travel awards program, subject to availability of funding. For 2021, we expect to make travel awards to US students (undergraduate and graduate), postdocs, and assistant professors (or equivalent) from an R13 Award from the National Eye Institute. In addition, Elsevier is generously sponsoring the Elsevier/Vision Research International Travel Awards for non-US graduate students and postdocs.

The awards will help offset costs to attend the meeting, including travel, lodging, and registration. Travel award recipients are recognized at the VSS awards ceremony.

Guidelines for Applications

Travel awards are available to both US and non-US individuals, as described above. To help address historical disparities in our membership and the field, applications from females, under-represented minorities and individuals with disabilities are especially encouraged, as well as applications from those facing significant financial obstacles to their attendance. Applicants need not be a co-author on an abstract at the 2020 meeting, although authorship status will be a consideration in travel award decisions. For graduate students and postdoctoral applicants, approval by their faculty advisor must be confirmed. Previous VSS travel award recipients are not eligible.

Application Process

Applications are Closed

The application will require you to upload a document containing a one page personal statement and a short CV (two pages maximum). The entire upload must be a single PDF and may not exceed three pages.

Page 1: Personal Statement
Your personal statement should not be longer than one page and include the following:

  1. The title and authors (in submitted order) of your 2020 VSS abstract(s), OR state “not a coauthor on an abstract;”
  2. A brief explanation (250 words maximum) of why you want to attend VSS 2020 with reference to specific benefits expected for your ongoing research, research collaborations, and career goals and plans (immediate and long range);
  3. A list of sources of available funding to attend VSS 2020 specifying the source (individual grant, advisor’s grant, institutional funds, etc.); and
  4. Whether you fall into an underrepresented group as defined by the National Institutes of Health. This includes a) Individuals from racial and ethnic groups that have been shown by the National Science Foundation to be underrepresented in health-related sciences; and/or b) Individuals with disabilities, who are defined as those with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, as described in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended.

Pages 2/3: Curriculum Vitae
Your CV should not be longer than two pages.

Awards Selection

Applications will be reviewed by a committee appointed by the VSS Board of Directors.