Student Conference Travel Grants

The Alberta Chapter and the Canadian Section of The Wildlife Society (ACTWS and CSTWS) are working together to help students attend the joint ACTWS/CSTWS Conference scheduled for 22–24 March 2019 in Canmore, Alberta.  We invite qualifying students to apply for either an Individual or Group Student Travel Award to assist with their travel expenses. Individual travel awards will be up to $400 per student, depending on distance traveled. Group travel awards are being offered for three groups, valued at $1000 each. Applicants cannot apply for both an individual and be part of a group travel award as the purpose of the group travel award is to increase the conference participation by people that would like to attend but aren’t presenting.

Individual Travel Awards

Eligibility requirements.  Applicants must be:

  1. a member of ACTWS or CSTWS;
  2. a current student or recent (within the last 12 months) graduate; and,
  3. senior author and presenter of an accepted poster or oral presentation.

Preference will be given to applicants who have not received a Student Travel Award within the past 12 months.  Successful applicants will be asked to provide voluntary service during the conference and, following the conference, they must submit an expense claim, one or more photos, and a short write-up about their experiences at the conference.  The photos and write-ups will be used in the ACTWS and CSTWS member newsletters.

Although a student’s paper/poster must be accepted for presentation by the ACTWS or CSTWS Program Committee to receive the Award, students should apply for the award prior to being notified by the Program Committee of abstract acceptance.

Application Process

Applicants must email the following to Joanna Burgar (director4@actws.ca) and Winifred Kessler (winikessler@gmail.com):

  1. completed application form      signed by student and advisor, scanned, and sent as an attachment; and,
  2. abstract of paper/poster that was submitted to the Program Committee.

Please indicate Student Travel Award in the subject field.

Deadline

The deadline for completed applications to be received is 5 February 2019. We will strive to notify applicants of the outcome within 2 weeks following the deadline.


Group Travel Awards

Eligibility requirements. Applicants must be:

  1. members of ACTWS or CSTWS;
  2. current students or recent (within the last 12 months) graduate; and
  3. group size of 5 or more.

Preference will be given to groups who did not receive a Group Travel Grant to the 2018 ACTWS conference in Lethbridge.  Successful groups will be asked to provide one or more photos, and a short write-up about their experiences at the conference.  The photos and write-ups will be used in the ACTWS and CSTWS member newsletters.

Application Process

Applicants must email the following to Joanna Burgar (director4@actws.ca):

  1. your group’s past and present involvement in the ACTWS / CSTWS / TWS generally, and/or the ACTWS annual conference (bullet points are sufficient); and
  2. an estimate of your expected total group size and a list of all group members registered to attend the conference as of 15 February 2019.

Please indicate Group Travel Award in the subject field.

Deadline

The deadline for completed applications to be received is 15 February 2019. We will strive to notify applicants of the outcome within 2 weeks following the deadline.