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The Communications journals (Biology, Chemistry, and Physics) are pleased to offer travel grants for early career researchers. The programme aims to help promising researchers travel to an international scientific meeting of their choice that they would otherwise have not been able to attend due to a lack of funds.

Three grants, each of €2,500, are available to promising early career scientists whose research is focused upon one of the three subject areas covered by the journals to support the costs of travelling to and participating in a conference. If you wish to apply please first read the guidelines below.

The travel grants are part of the Communications journals’ ongoing commitment to supporting and highlighting the achievements of early-career researchers.

Eligibility criteria

The grants are open to researchers who meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Postdoctoral scientist with up to 5 years research experience or currently completing a PhD.*
  • Conducting research within the areas of biology, chemistry or physics.
  • Has either been accepted, applied, or plans to apply to present a poster or oral presentation at a specific scientific meeting that will take place in 2020.
  • Can demonstrate that they have no other funds to travel.

* If you do not meet these criteria but feel that you should be considered due to a contributing factor (such as a leave of absence) please tell us why when you submit your application.


Travel to scientific meetings is an important factor in career and scientific development. The grants will be awarded to three researchers who the judging panels feel have outstanding potential and would benefit from the opportunity to present their work, hear about the latest research and meet other scientists from around the world to discuss ideas and possible collaborations. Assessment will be made based on the following criteria:

  • Has the applicant demonstrated that without the grant they would not have the necessary funding available to travel to the event?
  • Does the applicant plan to present research that the assessment panel feel has outstanding potential and should be seen by the wider community?
  • How does the applicant stand to benefit from travelling to and attending the meeting?
  • Has the applicant been working within a scientifically emerging country or in difficult circumstances?

Judging panel and timeline

The winners will be selected by a judging panel consisting of both professional editors and practising scientists. An editorial steering group will select a longlist of applicants who best meet the criteria above and who should be considered within the final assessment. These candidates will then be assessed by the full judging panel who will select the three winning applicants.

Key dates

  • The deadline for applications is 27th October 2019.
  • The winners will be announced in early December 2019.
  • Applicants should plan to travel to a conference or workshop in 2020.


For application materials, please visit our apply page.


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