SCOR Travel Support

ANOUNCEMENT: As of October 2023, travel grant applications are now reviewed on a quarterly basis with deadlines at the end of March, June, September, and December.

SCOR provides travel support for early-career scientists from low- to medium-income countries to attend ocean science meetings, conferences, workshops, and trainings. Please read the information below and fill out the application form.

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Who can apply?

Requests for travel support will only be accepted from meeting organizers. Meeting organizers conduct their own selection process for grant recipients.

When are applications due?

Applications are reviewed by the SCOR Capacity Development Committee four times per year with deadlines of March 31, June 30, September 30, and December 31. Additionally, they should be submitted at least 6 months before the event. Organizers may make a request to the SCOR Secretariat for an urgent review.

Who is eligible to receive a travel grant?

Travel grants are intended for individuals meeting the following criteria:

  • Identify as early-career (enrolled as students or up to 10 years post-degree) individuals in ocean science and/or other marine-related topics.
  • Delivering an oral presentation or poster at the meeting/conference or participating in a training/workshop.
  • Based in an eligible developing country, listed here. Recipients should not be based in the country where the event is held.
  • Have not received a SCOR travel grant within the past 2 years.

Information about the selected recipients must be submitted to SCOR by the organizers for approval to ensure the criteria are met before the funds can be transferred. Meeting organizers who expect to select recipients not meeting one of the criteria should contact the SCOR Secretariat ( to discuss the potential for an exception.

How much does SCOR provide to meeting organizers?

The SCOR Capacity Development Committee will determine how much an event will be granted. Typically, meetings/conferences/workshops/trainings receive between $3,000-$10,000 USD, depending on SCOR’s budget and the relevance of the event to SCOR’s work. Meeting organizers decide how to distribute this amount amongst one or more recipients, who may receive either full or partial support for their travel (flights and other transportation, accommodation, meals, registration, and/or visa costs). Organizers can describe preliminary plans for how funds may be distributed in their cover letter.

What do we expect from meeting organizers?

  1. Completed application form and cover letter
  2. Name and affiliation of travel recipients, once selected
  3. A short post-meeting report, including financial accounting if finances are managed by the organizers

Examples of recent and upcoming meetings supported by SCOR:

  • Summer School: Austral Summer Institute XXI – ASI XXI, 2-26 January 2024, Concepción, Chile
  • Symposium: ICES-PICES 7th International Zooplankton Production Symposium, 17-22 March 2024, Hobart, Australia
  • UN Ocean Decade Satellite Event: Strengthening the Global Ecosystem for Ocean Solutions (GEOS): A Cross-Regional Dialogue on Ocean-Climate Innovation, 8-9 April 2024, Barcelona, Spain
  • Symposium: MSEAS 2024 – Marine Socio-Ecological Systems Symposium, 3-7 June 2024, Yokohama, Japan
  • Conference: Gordon Research Seminar/Gordon Research Conference on Ocean Mixing, 9-14 June 2024, South Hadley, USA
  • Conference: Advances in Marine Ecosystem Research Conference, 8-12 July 2024, Plymouth, UK
  • Conference: 45th COSPAR Scientific Assembly, 13-21 July 2024, Busan, South Korea

This program is made possible through grant OCE-2027831 from the U.S. National Science Foundation to SCOR.