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Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy (Pittcon) Travel Grant

PITTCON 2020 Travel Award Application Has Closed

Applications will be accepted from early career chemists from Central and Southern Africa to win a travel award to attend Pittcon 2020 in Chicago, Illinois, USA from 1 - 5 March, 2020. Applicants do not need to be currently residing in their country of origin to be eligible; citizens of target countries who are serving as visiting scholars or in other capacities within the U.S. are especially encouraged to apply.

Citizens from the following countries are welcome to apply: Angola, Botswana, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Eswatini (Swaziland), Gabon, Lesotho, Namibia, Republic of the Congo, São Tomé and Príncipe, South Africa

We are no longer accepting applications for the Pittcon 2020 Travel Grant. Please check back next summer for information about the 2021 program.

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Background and Overview

Since 1995, the ACS Committee on International Activities (IAC) has worked with Pittcon and its sponsoring organizers to facilitate participation at the conference by early career analytical chemists from developing countries. Funding from Pittcon and its sponsoring organizations subsidizes the travel costs of attendees and also provides complimentary conference registration and complimentary hotel rooms for the participants.

The IAC selects the region from which to invite participants. ACS International Activities (IA) contacts national chemical societies and other relevant scientific organizations and asks them to nominate scientists from their country to participate. Nominees represent industry, government and academia. IA handles all logistics, including arrangements for publicity, solicitation of nominations and applications, and makes arrangements for local activities at Pittcon to connect participants to the ACS.

The grant covers the following for all participants:

  • Round trip economy class air travel up to $1,400
  • Five-night shared hotel accommodations during the conference
  • Complimentary conference registration
  • A $400.00 allowance for meals, local expenses, and airport transfers
  • Travel medical insurance coverage

Past Participants

ACS has hosted scientists at Pittcon each year since 1995. The regions/countries invited from the last few years is listed here:

2020: Central & Southern Africa

2019: Middle East & North Africa

2018: India & Pakistan

2017: South America & Mexico

2016: Balkans and Baltic States (Albania, Bulgaria, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia)

2015: Central America & the Caribbean

2014: Southeast Asia (Brunei, Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam)