Registration Grants

Registration Grants for Attendees

Thank you for your interest in joining us at the 2020 Annual Meeting! 

This year, we are utilizing a single, streamlined application process for all funding opportunities through ESA and its associated bodies, including the Opportunity Fund and our various sections and chapters.

Please note that all applicants for 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 see 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. These criteria are currently being updated per each respective section and chapter’s desires to support participation, so check back often for more details.

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The deadline to submit for these awards is June 30, 2020; apply early if you wish to take advantage of these opportunities. If you are applying for funding, do not register for the meeting until you have received notification about a grant from ESA.

Section or Chapter Grant/award Name Number and/or Funding Available Minimum Criteria
Ecological Society of America Opportunity Fund Registration Grant $20,000 available
  • ESA member at the time of application
  • Faces lack of institutional support for registration fee
  • Application Requires: All required fields
Agroecology Section Student Travel Award $300 in registration grants available
  • 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 Available soon
  • 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 $60-90 each
  • 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 $60 each
  • 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 $60 registration grants
  • 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, support/recommendation statement, CV

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Human Ecology Section Student Travel Award Available soon
  • 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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Long-term Studies Section JT Callahan Student Travel Award Available soon
  • Member of the section at the time of application
  • Presenting talk or poster at the meeting OR has other compelling reason to attend
  • Application Requires: All required fields

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Microbial Ecology Section Travel Award 25 awards of varying amounts; please read before applying
  • 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 6 awards of up to $135 each:

  • Includes student registration fee, 2020 ESA membership at student or >$40,000 rate, and membership in Natural History Section
  • Interest in/passion for natural history
  • Application Requires: All required fields, statement of interest in/passion for natural history (1 page max), statement of need

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Physiological Ecology Section Student Travel Award Available soon
  • 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 $60 each
  • 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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Policy Section Student and Recent Post-graduate
Registration Grant
$700 available
  • Member of the section at the time of application OR interested in policy and not usual attendee of the Annual Meeting
  • Application Requires: All required fields

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Rangeland Ecology Section Student Registration Award 8 awards (4 for Native American students)

1-2 paragraph statement about your interest in rangelands and why it is important for you to attend the meeting.

Learn more and apply — note that this award is NOT included on the main application, but only through the instructions on the Rangeland Ecology Section’s website.

Student Section Les Real and Jim Brown Student Travel Award Multiple awards of $60-90 for ESA member and non-member students
  • 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.
Soil Ecology Section Student Travel Award Available soon
  • Application Requires: All required fields, abstract, statement of impact, support/recommendation statement

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Traditional Ecological Knowledge Section Indigenous Student Travel Grant Available soon
  • Member of the section at the time of application
  • Presenting talk or poster at the meeting OR has other compelling reason to attend
  • Application Requires: All required fields, abstract OR statement of reason to attend

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Urban Ecosystems Ecology Section Springer Travel Award Available soon
  • Member of the section at the time of application
  • Presenting talk at the meeting
  • Application Requires: All required fields, abstract, statement of impact, support/recommendation statement

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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
  • Presenting talk at the meeting
  • 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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Latin American Chapter Student Travel Award Multiple grants of $60 each; poster and presentation awards available here
  • Member of the chapter at the time of application
  • Preferred but not required: Presenting talk or poster at the meeting
  • Application Requires: All required fields, CV

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Southeast Chapter Graduate Student Travel Award Available soon
  • Presenting talk or poster at the meeting
  • Application Requires: All required fields, abstract, statement of impact, support/recommendation statement

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Southwestern Chapter Student Travel Award Up to 60 total grants of $60 or $90 each
  • Must conduct research in the American Southwest or similar dryland environments
  • Presenting talk or poster at the meeting
  • Application Requires: All required fields, abstract, CV, statement of impact

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