Women Chemists Committee/Eli Lilly Travel Award

The ACS Women Chemists Committee (WCC) and Eli Lilly and Company sponsor a program to provide funding for undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral female chemists to travel to meetings to present the results of their research. Through this program, WCC and Eli Lilly and Company continue to increase the participation of women in the chemical sciences.


Awards are made on the basis of scientific merit and financial need. Funds may be applied only for registration, travel, and accommodations, and are restricted to travel to meetings within the United States. Grant funds are limited, but there are some funds designated for undergraduates.

In additional to financial support, the award provides networking opportunities for recipients who attend an ACS national meeting. The WCC hosts a poster session and reception for awardees at each national meeting. In addition, awardees are invited to the WCC Luncheon where they receive recognition. The luncheon also provides a valuable networking opportunity as awardees sit at the head tables along with ACS governance and WCC members. Lastly, awardees are invited to a private dinner with WCC members which is generously sponsored by the ACS Executive Director.


Applications should be limited to one per research group. Awards will be given with preference to the following order:

  1. Any applicant who will be making her first presentation (regardless of format) at a national or major meeting.
  2. Graduate or postdoctoral applicants who have not presented at a national or major meeting since completing their undergraduate degree.

Only US citizens and permanent residents are eligible. Those who have received a prior award under this program are ineligible.

The WCC Attracting Subcommittee reviews applications and selects awardees.

Application Materials

The deadlines for receipt of applications are:

  • March 1 for meetings between July 1st and December 31st
  • September 15 for meeting between January 1st and June 30th   **Extended to September 30, 2021**

In the online application process, the applicant will be required to provide/upload the following:

  • A resume or C.V. (include permanent address).
  • A copy of her abstract submission which should include her abstract title, author(s), and text. (The abstract submission confirmation will be required when funds are awarded)
  • A letter detailing the reasons why she wants this award (both scientific and financial), and specifying whether she has made a previous presentation at a national or major meeting.
  • A letter from her advisor confirming her participation in the meeting at which she will be making her presentation, commenting on her technical ability and potential, and listing any other travel support that would be available from the department or research grants.

A hard copy application form may also be requested from ACS Diversity Programs:

  • Email: wcc@acs.org
  • American Chemical Society
    Department of Diversity Programs
    1155 Sixteenth Street, NW
    Washington, DC 20036
2012 Travel Awardees
Fall 2012 Travel Awardees with ACS Dignitaries