Global Travel Grants

Through the Global “Travel” Grants program, SSA offers its early-career and student members financial support to present their research at scientific conferences and workshops anywhere in the world.  For 2021, the grants will cover virtual meetings, too, and may include a request for up to $500 in support of child care to participate in a virtual scientific conference.

Applications are accepted in February and July, and applicants are encouraged to find other sources of financial support to supplement SSA funding, which is capped at $2,500 per grant.

  • February application period covers travel from May through October.
  • July application period covers travel from November through April.

The grant program is competitive, and applicants are required to submit an application, a letter of support and a description of how the experience will benefit your career development.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicant must be an SSA Student member in good standing for at least six months prior to open application period or Early-Career member in good standing for at least one year prior to open application period.
  • Attendance at the meeting must be directly connected to the study or application of earthquake science or seismology.
  • All student applicants must have a faculty advisor submit a letter of support on their behalf. The letter should specify the degree the student will receive at the completion of their program and the benefits the student will receive from attending the event. All early-career applicants must have an adviser or supervisor submit a letter of support. All letters should be sent to before the application deadline.
  • Due to COVID-19, many conferences are now virtual. SSA will accept applications for registration costs associated with virtual conferences with a minimum financial request of $150.
    • If you apply for an in-person meeting that is eventually converted to a virtual format, funding may be applied to the virtual event, subject to need and the revised registration costs. Grants for an in-person meeting that is postponed may be applied to the rescheduled meeting.
  • Applicants may apply to participate in relevant scientific conferences or workshops anywhere in the world. Please note: Any in-person conference that takes place in North America must have fewer than 1,000 participants. For virtual events: if the last in-person meeting took place in North America, it must have had fewer than 1,000 participants in order to qualify for this grant. [Examples of ineligible virtual or in-person meetings in North America: Annual Meetings of SSA, AGU, GSA and SEG.]

Note: This travel grant does not provide funds to attend SSA conferences. A separate SSA program provides travel grants to attend the SSA Annual Meeting.


Global Travel Grant Application

Applications will be accepted until 31 July 2021. Review a Sample Application [1 MB].

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2018–2020 Global Travel Grant Recipients

Year Grantee Program Location Amount
February 2020 Piotr A. Bońkowski 17th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering   Sendai, Japan $2,500
February 2020 Ezgi Karasozen General Assembly of the European Seismological Commission  Corfu, Greece $1,975
February 2020 Karthik Reddy Sai Krishna Konala 17th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering Sendai, Japan $1,175
February 2020 Chris Milliner COMET Annual Meeting   Liverpool, United Kingdom $1,100
February 2020 Erika Schiappapietra 17th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering Sendai, Japan $1,950
July 2019 Waheed G. Akande 8th International Conference of Seismology & Earthquake Engineering Tehran, Iran $1,424
July 2019 Jordan R. Caylor International Symposium on Deep Seismic Profiling of the Continents and their Margins Perth, Australia $2,850
July 2019 Sofia Cubillos Gordillo National Earthquake Conference San Diego, California $1,000 
July 2019 Mohammadreza Jamalreyhani International Conference on Earthquake Engineering and Seismology Paris, France $1,500
July 2019 Leah M. Salditch International Colloquium on Historical Earthquakes & Paleoseismology Studies Barcelona, Spain $2,040
February 2019 Farnaz Kamranzad 11th International Workshop on Statistical Seismology Hakone, Japan $1,200
February 2019 Angela G. Marusiak Summer 2019 InSight Science Team Meeting Paris, France $1,325
February 2019 Nicolás Pinzón XVII Colombian Congress of Geology and IV Explorer Symposium 2019 Santa Marta, Colombia $1,000
February 2019 Swasti Saxena Structural Mechanics in Reactor Technology (SMiRT) 25 Charlotte, North Carolina $1,500
February 2019 Hema Sandeep Sharma Passive Imaging & Monitoring in Wave Physics: From Seismology to Ultrasound Cargèse, Corsica, France $1,500
July 2018 Karen Pearson 11th International Workshop on Statistical Seismology Hakone, Japan $1,450
July 2018 Kseniia Nepeina 18th International Workshop on Seismic Anisotropy Jerusalem, Israel $1,000
February 2018 Rachel Hatch Banff 2018 International Induced Seismicity Workshop Alberta, Canada $1,000
February 2018 Heather McFarlin Cities on Volcanoes 10 Naples, Italy $2,000
February 2018 Nadine Reitman 2018 Southern California Earthquake Center Annual Meeting Palm Springs, California $520

Past Travel Grant Announcements

Swasti Saxena

Getting a Fresh Perspective with a Global Travel Grant

Swasti Saxena, a graduate student at the University of Nevada, Reno, knows the excitement that precedes presenting her research before leaders in her field. At the 2019 Structural Mechanics in Reactor Technology (SMiRT) 25 conference, she was “starstruck” to find herself presenting in the same session as senior scientists Yousef Bozorgnia and Kenneth Campbell.

Saxena uses their equations in her research utilizing large-scale wavefield simulations to predict vertical ground motion and to improve the resilience of nuclear power plants. “To be presenting in the same session as them… Wow,” she says. “I was glad they presented before me, because I got to see them as humans, as people answering questions.”

Saxena says the experience wouldn’t have been possible without an SSA Global Travel Grant.

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Student Attends Induced Seismicity Workshop With Help of Global Travel Grant

Rachel Hatch in front of Mount Rundle in Banff.
Rachel Hatch in front of Mount Rundle in Banff

At first glance, an induced seismicity workshop might seem like an odd destination for Rachel Hatch, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Her interest in earthquakes started early, but it mostly revolved around seismic events with natural causes. She was born in San Francisco a month after the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake that devastated the Bay Area, and for her master’s thesis she researched dynamically triggered earthquakes.

Now at the University of Nevada, Hatch studies small-to-moderate earthquakes in the Walker Lane tectonic region, a complex system of faults along the California and Nevada border that’s responsible for up to a quarter of all movement between the Pacific and North American plates, with the San Andreas Fault taking up the rest.

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Global Travel Grant Sends Student to Cities on Volcanoes 10 Conference in Italy

Heather McFarlin
Heather McFarlin at the rim of the Monte Nuovo crater in Naples

Heather McFarlin’s interest in volcanoes can be traced back to her father, who worked in hard rock drilling and loved science. This early exposure to geoscience followed her to the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where she majored in Geography.

“One of the very first homework assignments I had was to look up careers that seemed interesting and find out what it would take to get a job in the field,” McFarlin recalls.

Having always been fascinated by volcanoes, McFarlin looked up jobs that studied them.

“I wanted to work at an observatory monitoring volcanoes and help the people living nearby know what is going on in their environment,” she says. “One of the best ways to monitor a volcano is with seismic instruments, so I decided to become a volcano seismologist.”

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