SSR Burroughs Welcome Travel Fellowships

Underrepresented minority trainees and junior faculty are invited to apply for travel fellowships (supported by Burroughs Wellcome Fund) to attend the 56th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Reproduction, July 11-14, in Ottawa, Ontario. 

Burroughs Wellcome Travel Fellowships include waiver of the registration fee, and reimbursement for housing, food,  and travel expenses up to USD $1,200. In addition, recipients will receive an SSR membership for the remainder of 2022, and a ticket for the Closing Reception. We anticipate awarding nine total fellowships for six trainees and three junior (non-tenured and within 5 years after the first faculty appointment) faculty members who have a background in reproductive biology. Each award provides full support to attend the meeting; thus, recipients of this fellowship may not accept additional travel awards. A trainee is defined as a student (undergraduate or graduate) or a postdoctoral associate.

Check back in 2023 for information related to 2023 applications. 


Each applicant must be a member of an underrepresented minority, a resident of the United States or Canada, and be a student, postdoctoral associate, or faculty member at an accredited, degree-granting institution in the United States or Canada. Membership in the Society is not a requirement nor is the submission of an abstract for presentation. Trainees and junior faculty who attend or teach at minority-serving institutions or non-research institutions are encouraged to apply.

All recipients will be required to attend the entire meeting, work in the Diversity Committee’s exhibit booth, and participate in the Trainee Diversity Lunch (July 28, 12:00 - 1:30).

Each trainee applicant must complete the online application, a recommendation letter from her/his mentor, and an unofficial transcript (with completed courses and grades) demonstrating a training emphasis in the biological sciences and reproductive biology. Each junior faculty applicant must complete the online application and a biographical sketch (two-page maximum).

Every applicant must confirm his/her commitment to participating in the meeting events described above by electronically signing the statement at the end of the online application.


In accordance with the following criteria, the members of the SSR Diversity Committee will evaluate all complete applications received by the application deadline:

Each applicant will be ranked on the basis of her/his responses to the questions posed in the application, coursework, and letters (for trainees), biographical sketch (for junior faculty), and demonstrated commitment to the field of reproductive biology. Eligible applicants attending or teaching at minority-serving institutions (e.g., Hispanic-serving institutions, historically black colleges or universities, or tribal colleges) or non-research-intensive institutions will be given preference in an effort to increase awareness and extend the outreach of the Society for the Study of Reproduction. Preference will be given to applicants who have not previously received a Burroughs Wellcome Travel Fellowship.