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.

Applications are accepted in February and July every year, 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 faculty letter of support and a description of how the experience will benefit your career development.

Review a Sample Application [1 MB].


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 a year prior to open application period.
  • Attendance at the meeting must be directly connected to the study or application of earthquake science or seismology.
  • Applicants may apply to participate in relevant scientific conferences or workshops anywhere in the world.  Please note: Any conference that takes place in North America must have fewer than 1000 participants.  [Examples of ineligible 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.

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2018-2019 Global Travel Grant Recipients

See where SSA’s Global Travel Grant recipients traveled!

Year Grantee Program Location Amount
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

2019 SSA Global Travel Grant Recipients Announced

Five SSA student members have received Global Travel Grants to attend workshops or small meetings around the world.

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Student Attends Induced Seismicity Workshop With Help of Global Travel Grant

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…

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

When Heather McFarlin found out about Cities on Volcanoes 10 – an annual conference in Naples, Italy that brings together top volcanologists from around the world – it looked like the perfect place to share her research in an international setting for the first time in her career.

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July 2018 Global Travel Grant Recipients

The recipients of the 2018 SSA Global Travel Grant are Kseniia Nepeina and Karen Pearson.

Nepeina, a student at the Research Station of the Russian Academy of Sciences, will receive $1,000 to attend the 18th International Workshop on Seismic Anisotropy in Israel, held 4-9 November 2018, where she will meet and collaborate with other scientists while learning more about seismic wave phenomena in anisotropic media.

Pearson, who is currently studying at the University of Maryland, will be awarded $1,450 to attend the 11th International Workshop on Statistical Seismology in Japan. She will share her research and learn more about how other seismologists are using statistics in their research.

This travel grant program offers financial assistance to students attending a workshop, a small domestic scientific meeting or international scientific meeting connected to earthquake science or seismology.

February 2018 Global Travel Grant Recipients

Rachel Hatch, Heather McFarlin and Nadine Reitman are the first recipients of a new student travel program established by the Board of Directors in December 2017. Part of the Society’s effort to support the development of careers in seismology and earthquake science, the grants ranged from $500 – $2,000 for travel before October 2018.

Rachel Hatch, from the University of Nevada, Reno, will receive $1,000 to attend the Banff 2018 International Induced Seismicity Workshop in Alberta, Canada. She hopes to use the workshop to draw upon the parallels between induced seismology and her current research on the Walker Lake tectonic region.

University of South Florida student Heather McFarlin will receive $2,000 to travel to Naples, Italy for the Cities on Volcanoes 10 meeting, which brings together the volcanology community, emergency officials and civic leaders. She hopes to learn more about the crisis and risk assessment procedures associated with volcanic crises and to share seismic data about an understudied volcano in the central Andes.

Like Kraner, Nadine Reitman – currently a graduate student at the University of Colorado Boulder – will attend the 2018 Southern California Earthquake Center Annual Meeting in Palm Springs, California. Reitman will receive $520 to attend and share her dissertation research on the strike-slip fault systems in Death Valley and the northeastern California Shear Zone with scientists who focus on California tectonics.

The Global Travel Grant Program provides financial assistance to SSA student members attending a workshop, a small domestic scientific meeting or an international scientific meeting.