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Residency Travel Grant

The goal of the Biology Scholars Program Residency Travel Grant is to support biologists involved in undergraduate teaching and mentoring in the yearlong residency.  Now available to biology faculty as well as postdoctoral fellows, the Residency Travel Grant provides up to $1,500 towards expenses for one of the Biology Scholars Residency’s face-to-face institutes (Measuring Student Learning, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, or From Science Education Research to Publication).  Funds are limited to expenses associated with housing, airfare and ground transportation.


Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must be:

U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents
Accepted into the Biology Scholar Program Assessment, Research, or Transitions Residency
Biology faculty members or postdoctoral fellows whose primary work is undergraduate teaching and mentoring
Not a recipient of another source of funding (e.g., NSF, NIH, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, NASA, U.S. Dept of Education, U.S. Dept of Energy, USDA, etc.)


Preference is given to:

First-time recipients of the grant
Temporary faculty, pre-tenure faculty, early career faculty, and postdoctoral fellows
Faculty and postdoctoral fellows from an institution that is one of the following:

• community college
• minority-serving institution (e.g., a historically black college or university, Hispanic-serving institution, or a tribal college)
• institution serving economically disadvantaged students (e.g., 35% or more its students come from families with annual incomes below established low-income thresholds)

A member of an underrepresented minority population in the sciences (e.g., Black, African American, Hispanic American, Latinos, Native American, Native Hawaiian, Alaskan Native, or Pacific Islander)


Selection Criteria

All applications will be evaluated for the following criteria:

Financial need
Commitment to scholarly teaching in undergraduate biology
Impact on underrepresented and underserved student populations
Impact on career development
Institutional support


Allowable and Non-allowable Expenses

Allowable expenses include those for airfare, ground transportation, and hotel up to and not exceeding $1,500.  Non-allowable expenses include those for the institute registration and per diem.  Grantees with allowable expenses will be reimbursed within 30 days of travel and upon receipt of expenses.


Conditions of Award

To be fully reimbursed for expenses:

• All receipts must be itemized and submitted with a current expense report.  Credit card receipts without an itemized account of the sale are not allowed.
• A final report is required along with the expense report.  The report should detail the outcome of the institute, as per the proposed budget submitted during the application process.  Specifically, the awardee should highlight what was achieved, what the he or she learned, and the strides taken to teach, mentor, and lead colleagues since the institute’s conclusion.  Content from the final report is used to prepare news releases for publication in BSP-partnering or prospective scientific partnering society publications.

All materials must be submitted within 30 days of the travel dates for payment.  Failure to follow these instructions and submit all materials will result in delays or no payment.



Candidates applying to ANY of the three Residencies in the Biology Scholars Program, who are also interested and eligible for the Travel Grant, must fill out the three-part Residency application before addressing the Travel Grant essays required below. All Travel Grant application essays must be submitted by midnight PST February 1, 2015 in order for the application to be reviewed for the 2015-2016 Biology Scholars Residency Program. A Residency Travel Grant application is complete when Part I and Part II are complete.



Part I:  Biology Scholars Residency Application

All applicants applying for a Residency Travel Grant must first submit an application for a Biology Scholars Residency. Applicants need to complete all sections of the 2015-2016 Biology Scholars Residency Application to initiate the application process. Once the Residency application portion is complete, applicants should return to this page for Part II, detailed below.


Part II:  Essays – Submit via email

The application for a Residency Travel Grant includes three required essays.  Carefully read the essay prompts below and compose your responses accordingly, making sure to adhere to the word limit.  The applicant’s full name, institution name, residency name, and “Travel Grant” must appear in the upper right-hand corner of each response page.  Save your responses as PDFs and submit them in one email to  Please include in the email subject line: “<Applicant Name> – 2015-2016 Biology Scholars <Assessment, Research or Transitions> Residency Travel Grant Application.”  Applications with missing or incomplete essays, or essays that do not adhere to the word limit will not be reviewed.

Essay 1:  Professional Development Activities.  Please describe the type of professional development activities you have participated in within the last two years, including the purpose of the activity, how you benefited, and when you were involved.  Be sure to explain how you have funded your participation for these activities (department funds, center for teaching and learning funds, self-funded).  If you have not participated in such activities to date, please indicate why you have not done so previously and why you are choosing to do so now.  Limit response to 600 words.

• Essay 2: Institutional Support.  Please describe your department and/or institution’s support for professional development activities.  Be sure to state any eligibility requirements, monetary amount, funding frequency, funding restrictions, and follow-up activities associated with the available support.  If you have received departmental and/or institutional support in the past and did not describe it in essay 1, please do so here.  Limit response to 600 words.

• Essay 3:  Budgeting for the Grant.  Please prepare a budget illustrating how you would make use of the travel grant (worth $1,500).  If you anticipate spending more that the awarded amount, indicate who will be covering the difference.  Be sure to include any other support, confirmed or otherwise, that you hope to receive for your travel.  Limit response to 300 words.



Questions about the application process should be directed to Kari Wester, Coordinator, Faculty Programs and Resources, at