ASCB Early Career Meeting Grant

American Society for Cell Biology

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Grant amount: Up to US $1,500

Anticipated deadline: Jan 15, 2020

Applicant type: Graduate Student Postdoctoral Researcher

Funding uses: Conference

Membership: Applicants must be a member of this organization to apply. Become a member.

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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About this funder:



Early Career Meeting Grants (formerly ASCB Local Meetings) are awarded to select ASCB graduate student and postdoc members looking to organize a small meeting that benefits their local cell biology community. ASCB wishes to contribute to the career development of graduate students and postdocs by providing them with resources to organize a successful scientific meeting that will in turn benefit the meeting’s attendees. The goal is to locally promote scientific education, collaboration, communication, and advancement.

Topics can range from basic science to career development (if a need is defined), as long as there is clear relevance to the broadly defined field of cell biology.

What’s included?

  • ASCB funding up to $1,500 
  • Advertising for the meeting on the ASCB website and in the newsletter
  • Code for 50% off ASCB membership for your attendees 
  • Emails sent from ASCB to targeted audience (if requested, maximum of two; content provided by you, edited by ASCB)
  • A pdf flyer (if requested) 
  • A registration page (if requested) 

Successful Applications Include:

  • Opportunities for students and postdocs to present 
  • New applicants/organizers (particularly for repeat meetings) 
  • Innovative programming that aligns with ASCB’s mission and scientific focus
  • Institutional diversity of organizers, if in a research-dense area (e.g., San Francisco, Boston) 
  • Maximal diversity among speakers in gender and race 
  • Geographical need
  • Detailed budget that reports funding and/or in-kind donations already received and/or pending 

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • All organizers must be graduate students or postdocs at the time application is submitted (institutional diversity is encouraged).
  • There must be a minimum of two co-organizers, with a maximum of four.

You must be a member of this organization to apply for this award - become a member. All organizers must be ASCB members at the time the application is submitted.


  • Grant money cannot be used on any of the following:
    • Alcohol 
    • Facility maintenance
    • Speaker fees/honoraria 
    • Indirect costs 
  • Applications will not be accepted if: 
    • Organizers are not current ASCB members
    • Organizers are not graduate students or postdocs 
    • A need for the meeting is not defined