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Applications for 2014 Travel Grants are now closed.

Reimbursement requests will be accepted at this location following the meeting.

4S administers a travel fund to support graduate student participation in its annual meetings. In addition to the base funding, a special fund was created from proceeds from the 2010 meeting. This “Tokyo Fund” supports Asian and African graduate students who wish to present a paper at 4S meetings.

Applications for 2014 are invited following the issuance of acceptance notices for the program. The deadline for applications is May 10.

Awards are available for travel expenses only, not for food or lodging. The amount of each award will be determined once all applications have been recCeived. In previous years, awards were in the range of $150-400, depending upon the distance to be traveled. However, the limited funds available do not allow us to award travel grants to all applicants.

The funding decision will be based on the following criteria:


To qualify for a travel award, an applicant must be a graduate student presenting a paper at the 4S Annual Meeting and a member of 4S.

In cases of co-authorship, no more than one award will be granted for each paper presented.

However, because funds for these awards are provided by the U.S. National Science Foundation, 4S must comply with U.S. federal rules for reimbursable travel. The awardee is responsible for following the terms specified in NSF document 761, Travel to Foreign Countries. In particular, see Article 13, sections C and D of that document.  By submitting the application form the applicant agrees to abide by these terms. Reimbursement will not be provided unless these terms are followed.

Note that all air travel must occur on a U.S. carrier or in a U.S. airline designated seat on a foreign airline. Original receipts carrying the airline’s designator code and flight number must be provided (if you have an e-ticket, you must get a receipt at the time of check-in). Under certain circumstances, described in the NSF guidelines, travel on a foreign carrier may be allowed. Documentation of the unsuitability of U.S. carrier itineraries is required.

The mileage reimbursement rate for use of a privately owned vehicle is 56.5 cents per mile, per U.S. Internal Revenue Service guidelines. Receipts for gas must be provided!

For more information, please contact Prof. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). In the subject line, put "4S Travel Grant Application: [name]."