Travel Award to Promote Diversity

The Society for Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiologic Research (SPER) invites applicants for consideration for the Travel Award to Promote Diversity. The deadline for submission is Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 11:59 PM PT.

The winner of the award will receive $500 to be used at the winner’s discretion. In addition up to $1,000 will be allocated for reimbursement of costs associated with attending the SPER Annual Meeting (including: travel, lodging, meals, and transportation). Complimentary conference registration will also be provided.

Eligibiity Requirements

1. Diversity in one or more of the following categories:

  • An individual from a racial or ethnic group that is underrepresented in health-related sciences in the United States (including individuals identifying as: Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino, American Indian or Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander)
  • An individual with a disability
  • An individual who identifies as being from an economically or educationally disadvantaged background
  • An individual who identifies as being a member of a gender/sexual minority population
  • An individual from an institution that qualifies for NIH Academic Research Enhancement Awards (R15s)

2. Presently a postdoctoral fellow or early-career investigator (no more than 10 years since completion of terminal degree)

3. Submitted an abstract via this year’s regular Annual Meeting call for abstracts and intends to attend the meeting

Application Procedure

In addition to meeting the above eligibility criteria, the following documents must be submitted to be considered for the award. Documents should be submitted in a single PDF file named as the applicant’s last name with the initials TAPD appended at the beginning (i.e., TAPD_lastname):

  • A brief statement (300 words or less) describing 1) how the travel award will enable the applicant to overcome financial or nonfinancial barriers to attendance at the SPER Annual Meeting; 2) the anticipated impact of attending the SPER Annual Meeting on the applicant’s career; and 3) one career accomplishment of which the applicant is particularly proud.
  • Curriculum vitae (c.v.)