SIAM Early Career Travel Awards

SIAM Early Career Travel Awards

SIAM Early Career Travel Awards are given to help early career researchers gain the experience and exposure that comes from attending and presenting at SIAM conferences. 

For all hybrid conferences, support will be prioritized for those attending the conference in-person. For all virtual conferences, support will be made in the form of registration waivers.

About Early Career Conference Support

SIAM conference support is given to early career participants affiliated with U.S. institutions for travel to SIAM conferences through a grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF). The awards (unless otherwise noted in the award letter) come with free registration.

The travel awards consist of $650 for domestic travel and $800 for intercontinental travel. For conferences that do not include free registration, $150 is added to the award total.

For virtual conferences, support will be provided in the form of conference registration waivers.

Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility Criteria

The terms of SIAM's grant from the NSF restricts eligibility to researchers affiliated with U.S. institutions at the time of the conference. To qualify as "early career," an applicant must be within six years of their Ph.D. at the time of the conference.

Required Materials

Required Materials

From the Applicant

  • Statement:
    1. Requesting travel award
    2. Providing rationale for the request
    3. Explaining your interest in attending the conference

If you are giving a presentation:

  • Title of paper or poster
  • Type (minisymposium paper, contributed paper, or poster)

If there are co-author(s) of your paper or poster:

  • Name(s) of co-author(s)
  • Affiliation(s) of co-author(s)

If you are presenting in a minisymposium:

  • Title of minisymposium
  • Name(s) of the minisymposium organizer(s)

  • CV:
    1. Your contact information
    2. Date (month/year) of the award of your PhD
    3. Institution awarding your PhD
    4. Your adviser’s name
    5. Recent publications
    6. URL for a working webpage that expands on the information in you CV (optional)

From a Senior Colleague

  • Letter of Recommendation:
    • Support for the application
    • Any special circumstances

The letter of recommendation from a senior colleague is not required but is recommended. The senior colleague will receive an auto-generated email from the SIAM Travel Awards program requesting the letter of recommendation and providing instructions on how to submit it. The applicant will not be able to upload the letter of recommendation as part of the application process. The applicants should submit their application early enough for their colleague to have time to submit the letter of recommendation before the deadline.

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In the event that a travel awardee participates in a conference that is hybrid, support will be prioritized for those attending the conference in-person.  If the conference is completely virtual, the travel award will be applied to a waiver of registration fees. Due to current uncertainties of in person events, please do not make travel arrangements until closer to the conference.


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General Information


Complete applications must be submitted approximately seven months before the first day of the conference the applicant wishes to attend. On the deadline date, no application will be accepted after 11:59 p.m. current Eastern Time. In addition, for full consideration, applicants must submit the abstract of their paper or poster no later than seven months before the first day of the conference. The deadlines apply to all required application materials, and no late applications will be accepted.

Awardees will be notified by email five months before the first day of the meeting.

Travel Outside United States

Travel outside of the U.S. under this program must comply with the Fly America Act. In some cases, the United States has entered into bilateral or multilateral “Open Skies” agreements with other nations. In these cases, The Fly America Act does not prohibit travel funded by civilian government agencies or carriers associated with these nations. For example, there are such agreements with the European Union (including non‑EU members Norway and Iceland), Canada, Australia, Switzerland, Israel, and Japan. See a full list of transportation agreements.

Reimbursement Process

To obtain the support, the travel awardee must file an expense report, including all required receipts, within 30 days of the end of the conference. Reimbursements should be submitted via SIAM's Online Reimbursement Portal. Please download the Expense Report Form and submit it along with all corresponding receipts via the portal.


Applying for conference support is a separate process from submitting an abstract for presentation. Applying for conference support does NOT submit your abstract for consideration for presentation. Similarly, your abstract will not be automatically withdrawn if you are not granted a travel award. To submit an abstract, click on the "Submissions" link at the web page of the conference in which you plan to participate.


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