Student Travel Awards

Travel awards to assist student attendance at meetings are available by applying to the Society. Awards granted are fairly small and do not cover all expenses for meeting attendance, so students should seek additional sources of funding if support is needed for multiple expenses (e.g., airfare, hotel, registration, meals). In some years funding may not be available, and in other years awards for special categories of study or from the local organizing committee may also be available. You can email Gail Fraser, Student Activities Committee Co-Chair, below, to find out if funds are available or if there are special award categories.


  1. Student must be a member of the society. (Registration for the meeting if you are not already a member includes the membership and makes you eligible to apply for the travel award).
  2. Student must present a paper (oral or poster) at the meeting and must be the lead author, although may have other authors listed on the paper.

Student Travel Awards are given on a competitive basis. Applications will be judged on the cover letter, statement of interest in waterbird research and abstract of the paper to be presented.


Your application (one file that starts with your last name in title of the file; maximum length of 3 pages) must include:

  1. Cover letter. Be sure to include: 1) your full name, 2) university affiliation, 3) the degree you are in and year status (e.g., 2nd year MSc), 4) full address, including a telephone and e-mail contact, 5) name of your major professor, 6) title of your presentation and 7) an estimate of your travel costs. Include a paragraph detailing the amount of money you are requesting and specifying expenses. Also state if you have other funds available.
  2. Statement of research in progress or professional plans as they relate to Waterbirds (200 word maximum).
  3. Abstract of paper you will present at the meeting.

Deadline for Receipt of complete applications: July 22, 2016
Please note, students must also submit an abstract to the Scientific Committee.

Application Deadline

Deadline for Receipt of complete applications: May 1, 2017
Please note, students must also submit an abstract to the Scientific Committee.

Email applications to: Gail Fraser