SSE International Committee Travel Awards

SSE International Committee (SSE-IC)

The SSE-IC mission is to foster international relationships between evolution societies and its members with particular focus on students and early-career scientists. The committee sponsors annually a series of activities/awards to reach this goal:
1. International Travel Stipends (IT- Awards)
2. Co-sponsorship of symposia organized by non-US based evolution societies
3. Evolution International Events (EIE) awards
The International Travel Stipend is managed directly by the SSE-IC committee. For the other two award types, the SSE-IC committee will present the best proposals to the SSE council, which will decide on the winner for that year. About $20,000 will be devoted to the International Travel stipends. The rest of the available funding will be either given to either a single proposal from one category or divided amongst the best proposals in either of the two categories.


SSE International Travel Stipends

These stipends are for students and young scientists to attend the Evolution meeting in Providence, Rhode Island on June 21-25, 2019. Awards may also be used to attend the meeting of the European Society for Evolutionary Biology in Turku, Finland from August 19 – 24, 2019.

Eligibility: Applicants must be SSE members (for becoming a member of SSE, see Applications can be submitted by scientists at various stages of their professional career (e.g., Masters and PhD students, postdocs, and lecturers). Scientists working in a country with high GDP are not eligible (for the list of excluded countries see below). People who received an SSE travel stipend in the last five years are not eligible. Applicants must submit to present either an oral communication or a poster to be eligible for the stipend. This will be verified before the reimbursement, but no proof that a poster or talk is accepted is necessary at the application stage.

How to apply: Send your application by email to the SSE International Committee Chair at The application should be no more than 2 pages long and include:

  • Name of the applicant;
  • Name of the conference applicant wishes to attend;
  • Budget, including sources of additional support;
  • An explanation of how attendance to the meeting will further the attendant’s professional goals;
  • Brief CV

Please submit the application as a single PDF-file. A support letter from the applicant advisor/mentor/senior colleague is also required. Support letters should be sent to the same email address ( by the applicant’s mentor.

Deadline: March 31, 2019, 24:00 GMT.

Recipients will be notified by April 30.

Members professionally based in the following countries are not eligible for the travel stipend: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Luxemburg, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland , United Kingdom, United States of America.

NOTE: If you are a graduate student or postdoctoral fellow from a low GDP country, you are eligible to apply for the International stipend award AND for a $500 Graduate/Postdoc Travel Award, though no one will be granted more than one award. If you are chosen for an International Travel Stipend AND the $500 award, you will be given the option to choose which award you would like to accept. NOTE that you may only accept ONE travel award.


Co-sponsorship of symposia organized by non-US based evolution societies

The goal of this award is to foster communication between scientists from different countries by stimulating scientific dialogue through co-sponsored symposia. Evolution societies with limited financial resources will have the opportunity to invite speakers (SSE members) to their meeting. This will provide growth opportunities for both societies, since it will not only benefit the hosting society but also create the opportunities for new collaborations for the invited speakers.

Eligibility: Organizers of approved symposia may apply to seek partial support for symposia that include SSE members as invited speakers. The Council seriously considers the diversity of participants as a criterion for symposium funding.

Application: An application should not be more than 3 pages long and include:

  1. Name(s) and affiliations of the symposia organizer, including CV (not included in the page limit).
  2. The meeting and its dates.
  3. The symposia title.
  4. A list of the committed symposia speakers.
  5. Name(s), affiliations of the symposia speakers to be supported through this award, including CV (not included in the page limit).
  6. The institution/organization responsible for administering the funds.
  7. A rationale of the event explaining how the presence of the invited speaker(s) will foster international cooperation and mutually benefit SSE and the meeting sponsors.
  8. A budget showing (1) how funds from SSE, (2) the meeting sponsors, (3) and other sources will be used to cover the symposium.

Applications should be sent as a single pdf document to the IC chair at

Deadline for application is March 31, 2019; applications received after that date will be considered as funds allow.


Evolution International Events Awards (EIE Awards)

These events are aimed at furthering the purpose of the Evolution Society by fostering international collaborations amongst evolution oriented societies and scientists. Eligible events would include specialized symposia, workshops and short courses in any aspect of evolutionary biology. The events could be hosted either in the US or abroad and preference should be given to events that specifically include participants from countries other than the USA.

Eligibility:  If held in the US, the event should have a clear training component targeting students and young scientists from countries other than the US. If held abroad, this event should be co-sponsored by SSE members and by scientists from the hosting country.  Co-sponsorship by the Evolution society from the hosting country, when possible, will be encouraged.  SEE membership for one year is a mandatory requirement to be included in the registration fee (not for participants that are already SSE members).

An application should not be more than 3 pages long and include:

  1. Names and titles of the organizers.
  2. The institution that will be responsible for administering the funds.
  3. The title event.
  4. A rationale of the event explaining why the event is needed, how does it fit with the purpose of the SSE and the goals of this specific award, how SSE support will improve the event, how participation of young scientists from the geographic region where the event will be promoted.
  5. A description of the event.
  6. A list of the primary participants who have been contacted and have expressed interest in being part of the event, if funded.
  7. Dates and location of the event.
  8. How the participants will be selected.
  9. A budget showing (1) how funds from SSE will be used, (2) how funds from other sources will be used, (3) the fee structure to attend the event, if funding will not allow to cover all the costs.
  10. A CV of the proposal PI’s (SSE member and co-sponsor from the hosting country). The CV’s are not included in the 3 pages limits for the proposal.

Applications should be sent as a single pdf document to the SSE-IC Chair at

Deadline for application is March 31, 2019; applications received after that date will be considered as funds allow.

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