Travel Awards

The goal of the CIL Student Travel Award program is to assist students pursuing advanced training in the science fields. The CIL Student Travel Award would be used to help cover some of the cost for conference registration, housing, airfare, and ground transportation. If you are accepted, CIL staff will be in contact to discuss what part of your travel you would like to use the award.

Travel award is for students presenting their own original work, chairing a session, or leading a discussion at a major meeting or conference in which CIL is present.

Please note that this is not a cash award; instead, the award will be used to reimburse the recipient for allowable expenses incurred. Recipients should keep all appropriate receipts and documentation and submit to CIL in order to receive travel award/reimbursement.

The applicant must be currently enrolled in a PhD program and may receive one Student Travel Award per academic year (July 1 through June 30).

Please read this announcement carefully and thoroughly. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

Eligibility Requirements

Prospective CIL Student Travel Award applicants must satisfy the following criterion:
 • Must be accepted to present a poster or oral presentation

NOTE: Cannot be a recipient of another travel award/grant in the same academic year.

CIL Student Travel Award Application

A complete CIL Student Travel Award application contains three (3) parts:

 1. Student Travel Award application submission.
 2. Poster/Abstract submission (submit attachment via email to
 3. Recommendation letter (submit attachment via email to

All three (3) parts of the CIL Student Travel Award Application must be submitted no later than eight weeks prior to the event. 

Part 1 – Student Travel Award Application Submission

The following questions are required to answer to complete this part of the application process:
 • Discuss your plans after you've completed degree.
 • Describe your reasons for attending the conference.
 • Discuss how you plan to utilize the knowledge and information gained by attending the conference and how you plan on helping others benefit from your participation.
 • List any meetings you are planning to attend and/or will present your research within the next six months.
 • Describe what you learned from meetings attended and what impact it has had on your academic and career planning.
 • Describe your research project.

Part 2 – Abstract/Poster Submission
Email a PDF of your poster or abstract to

Part 3 – Recommendation Form
One recommendation letter by a mentor/supervisor or invitation to present by event is REQUIRED as part of your Student Travel Award application.

Review Criteria
All applications will be reviewed and evaluated by the following criteria
 • Academic achievement
 • Research project
 • Motivation to attend conference

All applicants will receive an e-notification from CIL regarding the final status of their application after review criteria is complete.