Registration Grants for Attendees

Thank you for your interest in joining us at the 2021 Annual Meeting!

Like last year, we are utilizing a single, streamlined application process for all funding opportunities through ESA and its various sections and chapters.

Please note that applicants for most of these opportunities must be ESA members at the time of application, and in almost all instances must be members of the section or chapter sponsoring each respective award. Please carefully read the following rubric to determine eligibility and required application materials for each award. Please also note that it is necessary to complete the application for each award being applied for.

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The deadline to submit for priority consideration for these awards is April 30, 2021; apply early if you wish to take advantage of these opportunities. All applications received after that date will be considered on a rolling basis as funding is available. If you are applying for funding, do not register for the meeting until you have received notification about a grant from ESA.

There are funding opportunities for almost anybody! You are encouraged to scroll through the entire list to find the right source for you.

Ecological Society of America

Opportunity Fund Registration Grant
$25,000 available
Criteria:

  • ESA member at the time of application
  • Faces lack of institutional support for registration fee
  • Application Requires: All required fields

Ecological Society of America

Opportunity Fund Dependent Care Grant
$20,000 available
Criteria:

  • ESA member at the time of application
  • Faces significant financial burden for alternative care options for a dependent during time of the Annual Meeting
  • Apply here only

Agroecology Section

Student Travel Award
$300 in registration grants available
Criteria:

  • Member of the section at the time of application
  • Presenting talk or poster at the meeting
  • Application Requires: All required fields, abstract, statement of impact

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Applied Ecology Section

Student Travel Award
Multiple awards of $55 each
Criteria:

  • Member of the section OR Human Ecology Section at the time of application
  • Presenting published science at the meeting
  • Application Requires: All required fields, abstract, statement of impact

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Aquatic Ecology Section

Student Travel Award
Multiple awards of $55 each
Criteria:

  • Member of the section at the time of application
  • Presenting talk or poster at the meeting
  • Selected by lottery from among qualified applicants

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Asian Ecology Section

Student Travel Award
6 awards of $55 each
Criteria:

  • Member of the section at the time of application
  • Presenting talk or poster at the meeting
  • Application Requires: All required fields, abstract

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Biogeosciences Section

Student Travel Award
Multiple $55 registration grants
Criteria:

  • Member of the section at the time of application
  • Presenting talk or poster at the meeting OR articulates another compelling reason to attend
  • Application Requires: All required fields, abstract or statement of reason to attend, CV

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Human Ecology Section

Student Travel Award
Multiple awards of $55 each
Criteria:

  • Member of the section OR Applied Ecology Section at the time of application
  • Presenting published science at the meeting
  • Application Requires: All required fields, abstract, statement of impact

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Inclusive Ecology Section

Registration Grant for Students
1 student registration and 1 complimentary membership
Criteria:

  • Current student who identifies as a member of a traditionally underrepresented group in ecology
  • Application Requires: All required fields, statements of impact

Registration Grant for Activists and Advocates
Up to $350 to cover meeting registration and complimentary membership
Criteria:

  • Anybody engaged in activism or advocacy for underrepresented people who are experiencing the impacts of global change
  • Application Requires: All required fields, statement of impact

Invasion Ecology Section

Travel Award
2 full student member registrations, and up to 6 partial registrations (at 2/3 cost, or $37)
Criteria:

  • Member of the section at the time of application
  • Faces lack of institutional support for registration
  • Presenting talk or poster at the meeting OR articulates another compelling reason to attend
  • Applicants who are presenting must also apply for the Simberloff Award for Outstanding Presentation
  • Application Requires: All required fields, abstract or compelling statement of contribution

Microbial Ecology Section

Travel Award
25 awards of varying amounts; please read before applying
Criteria:

  • Member of the section at the time of application
  • Presenting talk or poster at the meeting OR can 
  • Application Requires: All required fields, abstract OR other statement explicating importance of attending

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Natural History Section

Student Travel Award
Up to 8 awards of student registration
Criteria:

  • Student presenting scientific work related to natural history
  • Application Requires: All required fields, statement of need

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Physiological Ecology Section

Student Travel Award
Multiple awards of student registration
Criteria:

  • Application Requires: All required fields, abstract, support/recommendation statement
  • Applicants must also apply for Billings poster award

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Plant Population Ecology Section

Student Travel Award
Multiple awards of $55 each
Criteria:

  • Member of the section at the time of application
  • Presenting talk or poster at the meeting
  • Application Requires: All required fields, abstract, CV

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Soil Ecology Section

Student Travel Award
Multiple awards — students should strongly consider applying
Criteria:

  • Presenting talk or poster on a topic related to soil ecology at the meeting
  • Application Requires: All required fields, abstract, statement of impact, support/recommendation statement

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Southeast Chapter

Graduate Student Travel Award
Up to 8 total registration grants
Criteria:

  • Presenting talk or poster at the meeting
  • Application Requires: All required fields, statement of need

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Student Section

Les Real and Jim Brown Student Travel Award
Multiple awards of meeting registration for ESA member and non-member students
Criteria:

  • Currently enrolled at any level high school through PhD
  • Section membership at the time of application OR a first-time Annual Meeting attendee
  • In good academic standing
  • For full requirements and expectations, visit the Student Section website.

Theoretical Ecology Section

Student Registration Award
10 $55 registration grants for student members of the section
Criteria:

  • Student member of the section at the time of application

Vegetation Section

Ton Damman Award for graduate students or recent postgraduates
Funding up to 17 registration grants for students competing for the Ton Damman award; $400 additionally to the competition winner
Criteria:

  • Presenting talk at the meeting (posters ineligible)
  • Application Requires: All required fields, abstract, paragraph describing how the paper to be presented conforms to the objectives of the Ton Damman Award

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