Travel Award

ACS Bridge Travel Award

The American Chemical Society is pleased to announce an underrepresented minority (URM) student travel award to defray travel and/or registration costs to either the National ACS Spring meeting or the annual meeting of the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE) in the fall. The goal of this travel award is to increase the number of URM students that gain access to doctoral programs in the chemical sciences.

Eligible expenses include meeting registration, travel expenses, airfare, and lodging. Applicants should submit the following by Midnight ET, February 7 (for ACS meeting) or Midnight ET, August 1 (for NOBCChE meeting) to the ACS Bridge Program via the online application:

For Students

The award is open to students who are undergraduate students interested in the chemical sciences and are from groups traditionally underrepresented in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. Namely, the underrepresented minorities include African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Native Americans. The award is not intended for graduate students or postdoctoral scholars. There will be a maximum of 15 awards available for each ACS and NOBCCHE meetings. Each award will be for up to $2000 of eligible expenses based on the review materials.

Important Deadlines

Midnight ET, February 7: Application deadline for ACS Spring meeting

Midnight ET, August 1: Application deadline NOBCCHE meeting

Application Packet (Online application process)

  • Completed application form which includes a cover letter stating how and why attending an ACS or NOBCChE meeting will help the preparation for gaining access to doctoral programs in the chemical sciences, including a valid email address and mailing address. Please also indicate which meeting you prefer to attend;
  • Curriculum vitae or resume;
  • A letter of recommendation from the student’s mentor explaining why the student deserves the award and how this will help him/her to gain access to doctoral programs in the chemical sciences and with overall professional development.

Following the respective conferences, awardees will be asked to draft a short summary of their experiences for presentation to fellow travel award recipients and ACS Bridge Program leadership during a virtual ACS Bridge Travel Award Fellow meeting.

Students are welcome to apply in successive years, but you are limited to receiving a total of two travel awards (once for each meeting.)

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