Women Chemists Committee/Eli Lilly Travel Award

Award at a Glance

Recipient Faculty, Chemistry Professional, Early Career
Category Diversity,  Travel
DeadlineJune 1, 2024


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 addition to financial support, the award provides networking opportunities for recipients who attend an ACS Spring or Fall Meeting. The WCC hosts a poster session for awardees at each 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 special breakfast reception with WCC members which is generously sponsored by the ACS Executive Director. Guests from Eli Lilly and Company are also encouraged to attend. 


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 an ACS Spring or Fall meeting.
  2. Graduate or postdoctoral applicants who have not presented at a national or major meeting since completing their undergraduate degree.

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

The WCC Awards Team reviews applications and selects awardees. 


The deadlines for receipt of applications are:

  • February 1, 2023 for the ACS 2023 Spring Meeting
  • June 1, 2023 for the ACS 2023 Fall Meeting

Application Requirements

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.


ACS Women Chemists Committee (WCC) and Eli Lilly and Company

Contact Information

American Chemical Society
ACS Women Chemists Committee – Hach, 419
1155 16th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036
Email: wcc@acs.org

A hardcopy of the application form may also be requested.

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