SSA 2016 Travel Grant Application Form

SSA 2016 Travel Grants

The travel grant application deadline is 30 November 2015.

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Modest travel grants are available to help defray some of the costs for some international SSA members, student SSA members, and persons traveling from European Seismological Commission member-states who wish to attend the SSA Annual Meeting.


  • The International Travel Grant is available to SSA members who must travel from outside the US to attend the SSA meeting.
  • The Student Travel Grant is available to SSA student members who must travel more than 500 km (311 miles) to attend the meeting.
  • The ESC/SSA Travel Grant is available to anyone traveling from a member-state of the European Seismological Commission. This grant is provided under a cooperative agreement between SSA and ESC. Click here to see the list of ESC member-states.
  • All grant recipients must submit a first-authored meeting-abstract and must present their work in either an oral or poster session at the meeting.
  • In order for their applications to be considered, all STUDENTS applying for any of these grants must have a faculty advisor submit a 1-2 paragraph letter of support* via:

* The deadline for the letter of support from the faculty advisor is also November 30, 2015


To apply for an award, please submit an application electronically via the online form below. Deadline for receipt of applications by SSA is 30 November 2015. The application should state which award you are applying for and provide reasons why you are a good candidate for the award. Include in the application the abstract that you will be submitting for presentation if you obtain the award.


Applicants will be notified of their award status no later than 6 January 2016, approximately one week before the SSA deadline for abstract submission. The awards will be announced and the checks presented at the Annual Luncheon during the SSA meeting. Check the meeting home page for links to the abstract submission form and information on planned special sessions.


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Travel Grant Application Form

A. Applicant's Name: First:  Last: 
B. Applicant's Email Address: 
C. Applicant's Postal Address:
Street Address Line 1:
Street Address Line 2:
City / State / ZIP:
D. Applicant's Daytime Telephone Number: 
E. Applicant's SSA Membership ID Number*:
Applicants for the International Travel Grant and the Student Travel Grant must provide their SSA ID number; Applicants for the ESC/SSA Travel Grant are not required to be SSA members, but if you are a member, please do enter your ID number.
* If you don't know your SSA ID, click here to have it emailed to you.
F. Type of Travel Grant:
Please indicate which type of travel grant you are applying for:
International    Student    ESC/SSA
G. Title of Abstract: (Please do not enter any carriage returns.)

H. Names & affiliations of all authors of the abstract:

Names should be listed with last name first, in capital letters, then the initials for first and middle names. Affiliations should include the name of the institution, the city, the state or province *(please do not include the ZIP or Postal code), the country, and the e-mail address, if applicable. List affiliation after each author name, unless there are several consecutive authors with the same affiliation. In that case, list the affiliation after the last author in the series who has that affiliation. Again, please do not enter any carriage returns in this field. " See example.

I. Text of the Abstract:

Type or paste in the full text of your abstract. The maximum length for abstracts is 2,000 characters including spaces (and HTML tags, if used)—use your word processor software's "character count" command to determine the length of the abstract. In this field, use carriage returns only at the end of paragraphs. Please be sure you have read and understood the instructions at the top of the page for important information on formatting and special characters in the text of your abstract.

J. Travel Grant Essay:

Please provide reasons why you are a good candidate for the award:
K. Travel Requirements:

In the past, some awardees have not been able to arrange travel to the meeting. To help us avoid this scenario, please describe the travel requirements for someone traveling from your country to the US and your plan for overcoming any potential hurdles:
L. Faculty Advisor Letter of Support:

I am not a student.

I am a student and I understand that my travel grant application will not be considered unless a faculty advisor submits a 1-2 paragraph letter of support.
See eligibility instructions above for details (instructions will also be included in your confirmation email). The form for your faculty adviser to submit their recommendation is here.

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