Annual Meeting

Travel Grants and Fellowships

These grants and fellowships are intended to defray the travel costs associated with attending and presenting at the SSR Annual Meeting. For awards specific to the SSR Annual Meeting, please see the Trainee Merit Award.  

For scholarships and grants intended to help support the cost of travel and participation in non-SSR reproductive sciences meetings, visit the 
Awards & Scholarships page. 

Trainee Travel Award

The Society for Study of Reproduction Trainee Travel Awards (SSR-TTA) were established to support participation of Trainee members at the annual meetings.

Travel award: SSR will contribute up to $500 to support each of 20 Trainee members enrolled in the Continental North America (United States and Canada) and up to $1000 to support each of 5 international (non-North American) enrolled Trainee members as a contribution towards the costs of conference registration, travel, and accommodation. Applicants will be judged on abstract quality and volunteer service to the scientific community.

Eligible candidates will:

  1. Be an SSR trainee member ( prior to submission.
  2. Be first author of a submitted abstract and present at the SSR Annual Meeting.
  3. Not have received the SSR-Trainee Travel Award within the past two years
  4. If selected for this award, your name will be added to the Trainee Volunteer email list and you will be required to complete at least one volunteer shift at the SSR Annual Meeting. Failure to do so may affect your funding status and any future applications to the SSR-TTA.

To apply for this award:
 Application will be part of the online abstract submission process, which opens January 13th and ends February 24th. Applicants must apply during the regular abstract submission process (late-breaking abstract submission will not be considered).

As part of the online abstract submission, applicants will be asked to answer the following 5 questions:

In the last 3 years, please specify if you have done the following: [Yes/No]

  1. Participated in volunteer activities (unpaid) that are related to your scientific career goals?
  2. Volunteered time in the planning or execution of a national meeting/conference such as SSR?
  3. Participated in volunteer activities at your institution and/or a scientific society?
  4. Volunteered within the greater scientific community such as outreach activities to general public?
  5. Participated in other activities not previously mentioned that could be considered volunteer service?

As part of the online abstract submission, applicants will be asked to submit a short narrative (may be bullet pointed list) describing service to the scientific community in the past 3 years (max 250 words).
 Examples could include volunteer activities demonstrating: 1) a leadership role, 2) commitment to scientific career (this could encompass volunteering at SSR or another conference), and/or 3) service to the community (this could encompass volunteering at local high schools or a museum). Please include dates of volunteer activity.


  • 2018, SSR, New Orleans, Slide Room Volunteer
  • Worked two shifts assisting presenters in the uploading of their slides to our system
  • 2017, Washington D.C., travel award coordinator
  • Collaborated with a team of volunteers to award over 200 travel awards to deserving trainees
  • Organized awards for easy pickup for trainees at conference
  • Worked 6 hours during conference at travel award kiosk handing out awards to trainees

Review Process:

  1. Trainee applicants are scored on the following factors:
  2. Scientific merit of the abstract (60%).
  3. Statement of service (40%). The trainee should include information on volunteer/service activities, such as serving on committees for your institution and/or a scientific society, volunteering at a conference, volunteer leadership roles, organizing a local conference, or outreach activities to the community. Volunteer service in some capacity is a requirement to receive this award.
  4. The committee will forward the top awarded candidates to the SSR Business Office to confirm Trainee status and SSR membership status.
  5. The SSR Trainee Representatives will notify the award winners via email by Mid-March.

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Burroughs Wellcome Travel Fellowships

Burroughs Wellcome Travel Fellowships for Underrepresented Minority Trainees and Junior Faculty

For more than 20 years, grants from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund have provided travel fellowships for underrepresented minority trainees and junior faculty from the U.S. and Canada to enable their participation in the SSR Annual Meetings. The fellowships include complementary meeting registration, up to USD $1,200 for housing, food, and travel expenses; and complimentary SSR Membership through the next calendar year. Recipients traditionally also receive a meeting T-shirt and a ticket to a social function.

Fellowships are awarded competitively on the basis of applications submitted to and evaluated by the SSR Diversity Committee. Between six and nine fellowships for individuals with a background in reproductive biology are anticipated this year (up to six trainees and up to three junior, non-tenured, faculty). 

Membership in the Society is not a requirement, nor is submission of an abstract for presentation. To be a qualified applicant, you must be:

  1. a member of an underrepresented minority, and 
  2. enrolled as a student in or teaching at an accredited, degree-granting institution in the U.S. or International.

This award provides full support to attend the Meeting; therefore, recipients may not accept additional travel awards (i.e., Trainee Travel Award, FASEB DREAM, USDA–NIFA–AFRI, or Lalor Awards).

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