Please note that successful applicants will receive their Travel Awards at the conference, and not before.
 An Early Career Scientist (ECS) is defined as one who is within the first five (5) years of their careers in, or related to, seabird research/study/conservation/management. The five (5) years is counted from the completion of the most recent degree (Masters/Honours/PhD).
 Countries defined as Low, Lower Middle and Upper Middle income by the World Bank – http://databank.worldbank.org/data/download/site-content/CLASS.xls
 Seabird scientists now retired but still undertaking seabird research and/or conservation who are actively involved in mentoring or otherwise supporting students or early career seabird workers. Applicants must not be receiving regular wages or salary for their work although occasional income from short term contracts may be acceptable. Applicants should be a presenter or a co-author of a conference presentation (either oral or poster); we would particularly welcome presentations that reflect lessons and advice from a long involvement in seabird research and conservation.
Travel Awards will be evaluated based upon the following principles:
- Anticipated level of participation in the meeting (e.g., is the applicant organizing a session, presenting a paper or a poster?)
- Quality of the abstract submitted for an oral or poster presentation
- Applicant’s current involvement in seabird research or conservation (work, study, volunteering) and future plans to conduct and promote seabird research and conservation
- Applicant’s plans for sharing the knowledge and experience gained through attending the conference
- Amount of financial support requested, supported by a detailed cost estimate
Applicants will be required to submit a range of information in the online abstract submission form.
How to Apply
Persons who wish to apply for a Travel Award can apply through the Abstract Submission tool. Please review the Abstract Submission Information for information on how to log in. Please email your proof document (student ID) to The deadline for submission of applications for Travel Awards is December 16, 2019 at 23:59 Central Standard Time. Applications that are received after the deadline, or incomplete applications, will not be considered. Applicants will receive email confirmation of receipt of application.
If submitting more than one abstract, kindly include the travel award information in each abstract submission.
Notification of award decisions will be made in late April 2020 to allow successful applicants to register for the conference prior to the early bird registration deadline in August 2020.
It is the responsibility of all applicants to ensure they have a visa to enter Australia (if required). If a visa is not in place at the time of the application, the applicant must indicate what their plans are to obtain a visa no later than early May 2020. Fees for obtaining visas are the responsibility of the applicant.
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