Conference Award

The University of Michigan Postdoctoral Association (UMPDA) provides awards of up to $250/each to support Postdoctoral Fellows wishing to virtually attend conferences or meetings. Applications will be accepted from Aug 24 until Sep 30, 2020 for virtual meetings between Jul 1 and Dec 30th, 2020.

How to Apply

  • Apply here
  • the application window is Aug 24th – Sept 30th, 2020
  • Once you click on the link you will be asked to submit information. Please, prepare the following:
    • Information about the conference (dates, website, etc.)
    • Estimated budget for participating in the conference
    • If presenting, you will be required to upload a copy of your abstract
    • A short paragraph (200 words max.) explaining how this award will benefit your development as a Postdoctoral Fellow


  • Current Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Michigan at time of application and at the time of the meeting/conference.
  • Awarded funds may only be used for virtual conference registration

Factors Affecting Decision

  • Presentation: Due to limited resources, oral presentations will receive the highest priority, followed by poster presentations, and, lastly, applicants who will not be presenting​
  • Previous attendance at meetings: Priority will be given to Postdoctoral Fellows who have not attended a meeting/conference in the past 12 months
  • Other sources of funding: Because this is a need-based award, priority will be given to applicants with fewer sources of conference support
  • School/College and Department: Units that have not received UMPDA travel awards in the current year will receive higher priority
  • New awardees: Participants who have not received UMPDA or Medical School (OGPS) Postdoc Travel Awards in the past will have higher priority

Award Receipt

  • Following review, the UMPDA Travel Award Committee will contact the selected applicants.
  • Any award winners who indicated that they will be presenting at the meeting/conference will be required to submit confirmation of abstract acceptance to maintain eligibility.
  • Funds will be disbursed through reimbursement following meeting/conference travel.