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

Applications will be accepted from early career chemists from Central Asia and the Caucasus Region to win a travel award to attend PITTCON 2021 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA from 6 - 10 March, 2021. 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.

For the PITTCON 2021 program, applicants are required to submit an abstract to present at the conference. Abstracts will be accepted by PITTCON until 14 August 2020. More information is available on the PITTCON website.

Citizens from the following countries are welcome to apply: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan

COVID-19 Information: Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the ACS cannot guarantee that Pittcon will be held in person in New Orleans in March 2021. Should Pittcon be cancelled or held virtually, we will notify you as soon as possible and let you know what attendance options are available. 

Deadline: September 30, 2020 at 11:30 PM EDT

Application link and additional information

Please direct any questions to intlacts@acs.org


Program 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 External Affairs & Communications 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. ACS 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)