Travel for EarthCube-related Meetings!

The Early Career Travel Grant can provide reimbursement funds between $500 (for individuals) and $1000 (for self-identified members from underrepresented groups in STEM) for participation at professional meetings, workshops or conferences held in the United States where EarthCube-related work is to be presented or discussed. The Engagement Team developed the Early Career Travel Grant to disseminate information about and promote EarthCube activities and to cultivate the next generation of EarthCube participants.

Early career researchers from all US-based academic institutions, including universities and colleges, their departments or science clubs/organizations, as well as State Geological Surveys or other government entities, are invited to apply for travel support to a scientific meeting, conference or workshop where they will be presenting work that is aligned with the goals of the EarthCube program.

Learn how Travel Grant recipients are furthering their research.

Submission Deadlines for 2019 [apply here]

Applications will be reviewed on a quarterly basis and are due the 15th of February, May, August, and November.

Applications specifically for GSA 2019 are be due as soon as possible but no later than August 30.

By applying, you agree to:

  • Include the EarthCube logo in your presentation or poster.
  • Submit a four-paragraph report highlighting research and presentation outcomes, and a public/published link to the poster or presentation online.
  • Participate in an EarthCube governance activity.
  • Provide proof of registration and attendance at the conference.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Please allow 12 weeks for application processing before your requested event.  No travel will be reimbursed without prior approval and proper follow-up documentation. 

Reimbursement depends on successful completion of post-event reporting. Please allow 21 days for reimbursement after submitting required documentation.

Funding decisions are the prerogative the EarthCube Engagement Team​.

Criteria for Application

Involvement in EarthCube

The Early Career Travel Grant program will help early career scientists become involved in the EarthCube project by providing funding opportunities for EarthCube advocacy at professional meetings.

Fundamental criteria for this grant include knowledge of EarthCube principles and enthusiasm for communicating EarthCube ideas.

Early career scientists applying to this program will be evaluated on the merit of their work and their involvement—or proposed involvement—in EarthCube-related activities.

Applicants involved in both funded and unfunded EarthCube projects will be considered.    

You must have an EarthCube login to apply. 

Early Career Scientist Status

Early career scientists applying for this grant are eligible to receive reimbursement funds of up to $500. Early career scientists are described as "within five years of having attained a Ph.D., including “All But Dissertation” Ph.D. candidates; or, within five years of having completed a M.S. and not currently working towards a Ph.D.” Candidates who do not strictly fit those criteria may explain their circumstances and reasons for consideration as “early career” in the grant application.

Underrepresented Groups in STEM

This funding will also recognize the imperative laid out in the NSF’s Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan by establishing individual grants specifically targeted to members of underrepresented groups in STEM, as defined by the NSF.

Applicants who self-identify as members from underrepresented groups within STEM are eligible to receive up to $1000 in reimbursement funds.

Applicants are asked to self-report if they constitute as a member from an underrepresented group.  This is to allow for a greater breadth in determining what constitutes diversity within the geosciences, but also to allow applicants to empower themselves by clarifying how this proposal and funding will help further the goals of a broad and diverse geosciences discipline.  In these cases, the GEO directorate identifies "women, minorities (African-Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders), and persons with disabilities;" however, the EarthCube Engagement Team is willing to accept a broader definition of under-represented groups if applicants can provide written support for their position (for example, GEO does not identify sexual orientation or first generation scholars as underrepresented groups).


Eligible destinations for travel include science or data communication-based professional meetings, workshops, or conferences relevant to or with an opportunity for relevance to EarthCube principles (e.g., professional meetings of AGU, GSA, Ocean Sciences, ESIP, Earthcube All Hands Meeting, etc.).
Travel must be within the U.S.

Requirements for Reimbursement

In order to receive reimbursement, awardees will be required to provide a post-conference report to the EarthCube Engagement Team summarizing their activities at the conference and the ways in which EarthCube activities were highlighted by their participation at that event. The report is encouraged to include information on how EarthCube-related activities directly support their research outcomes, or can help advance the state of their research in the future.

Images are strongly encouraged.

Awardees must display an EarthCube logo on their presentation where applicable. These logos will be provided to the successful applicant(s) in an email notification of the award. 

Both the application material and post-conference report may be used for promotion purposes by the EarthCube Engagement Team.

Please allow at least 21 days for processing of request and reimbursement for approved travel.

Additional Details

Applications will be reviewed on a quarterly basis. Therefore, these grants have a rolling deadline, with review on the first of the month in May, August, November, and February. Applicants will be notified on (or about) the 15th of the month. Unsuccessful applications will be held over for a second review for one additional review period.

If the applicant is not accepted to present at the intended conference, or is otherwise unable to attend, they must notify the Engagement Team as soon as possible to allow the funds to be re-distributed to another applicant.