Heiligenberg Student Travel Awards

International Society for Neuroethology (ISN)

Grant amount: Up to US $750

Anticipated deadline: Apr 30, 2019

Applicant type: Graduate Student

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 ISN (International Society for Neuroethology)

ISN is a scholarly society devoted to neuroethology: the study of how nervous systems generate natural behaviour in animals.

"The intent is to bring together neuroscientists and ethologists to advance our understanding of the neural basis of behaviour in animals, whether they be vertebrates or invertebrates. There is an intrinsic interest in explaining the huge range of behaviour shown by many different sorts of animals, but also in exploiting this diversity to illuminate basic principals of the organisation and design of brains in general. A continuing driving force is therefore the expectation that the study of neural mechanisms underlying a specific behaviour in a particular animal will elucidate mechanisms that are more generally applicable. Thus the specializations of owls for hearing have given insights into how sounds can be localized, the relative simplicity of the spinal cord of lampreys has told us much about the connectivity and pharmacology of neurons involved in generating locomotion, and the detailed analysis of small networks in crabs, leeches and insects continually reveal unexpected mechanisms that must be incorporated into our thinking about the functioning of more complex brains."

—from Preface, Nervous Systems and Behaviour, 1995, Georg Thieme Verlag: Stuttgart.

Heiligenberg Student Travel Awards

Heiligenberg Student Travel Awards are awarded annually to qualified students who wish to present work in the field of neuroethology at national and international scientific meetings. Six awards or more (depending on the availability of funds) are available each year. The awards may cover expenses such as travel to and from the conference site, the conference registration fee, and/or housing costs up to a total of $750. Funds are provided in the form of reimbursements for expenses verified with receipts.

The award is given in honor of Walter Heiligenberg, who was a distinguished neuroethologist, and a pioneer in the field. Walter made seminal contributions to understanding the neural mechanisms underlying the jamming avoidance response of weakly electric fish.

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


  • Qualifications:
    • Both the student and the student’s mentor must be ISN members by the deadline of application (to be decided by the selection committee).
    • Applicants must be registered graduate students at a university, and must plan on presenting their work at the conference.

You must be a member of this organization to apply for this award - become a member. Both the student and the student’s mentor must be ISN members by the deadline of application (to be decided by the selection committee).


  • The highest priorities will be the International Congress for Neuroethology (ICN) and Gordon Research Conference (GRC) in Neuroethology: Behavior, Evolution, and Neurobiology. Applications to attend other pertinent conferences, however, are also welcomed.
  • Priorities will be given to applicants who have demonstrated academic excellence and research potential as evidenced by the abstract of the work to be presented and the recommendation letters.
  • Applicants with demonstrated financial need also will be considered for these awards.
  • Preference will be given to applicants who have not previously received this award.