Travel Grants

Stony Brook Postdoc Travel Awards

The Postdoc Travel Award reimburses travel costs associated with national or international scientific or professional conferences or meetings, up to a maximum of $1,500. Funds are awarded based on the significance of the conference to the postdoc’s career and require that the postdoc present results at the event. Funds must be used for travel expenses that cannot be supported by departmental resources, the postdoctoral supervisor's budget, or other sources of support, and the postdoc’s supervisor must verify by signature that the supervisor and the department are unable to provide funding for the travel requested. Funds are awarded based on the application and budget submitted. Travel funds will be administered by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and are subject to the availability of funds

Deadline: You may apply at any time, but it must be at least ONE FULL MONTH before travel takes place. The Travel Award cannot be granted for travel that has already been completed.

Eligibility: A postdoc may receive only one award during his/her appointment at SBU. Applicants must be employed in the title of Postdoc Associate, Sr. Postdoc Associate or Postdoc Fellow in order to be eligible. If the postdoc is employed under another title, the postdoctoral supervisor must certify on the application form that the applicant is considered a postdoc.

For complete instructions and an application form, please download the form here.

Relevant Links:

SBU Postdoc Travel Award Application and Instructions

Stony Brook Travel Form

Rental Car Guidelines

Electronic Foreign Travel Request System (eFTR)


Burroughs Wellcome Fund
The Burroughs Wellcome Fund invites applications for its Collaborative Research Travel Grants program to support travel by researchers to a laboratory to acquire a new research technique, to facilitate a collaboration, or to attend a laboratory/lecture course. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. or be studying for a Ph.D. in mathematics, physics, chemistry, computer science, statistics or engineering and be interested in investigating research opportunities in the biological sciences. Biologists interested in working with physical scientists, mathematicians, engineers, chemists, statisticians or computer scientists also are eligible to apply. Multiple awards of up to $15,000 are anticipated. Eligibility is restricted to individuals at institutions of higher education. Deadline: December 1. More information is available at:


NPA Annual Meeting

The National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) offers travel awards for postdoctoral scholars to attend their Annual Meetings, which take place every year in March. The awards cover registration, lodging, and travel expenses, up to the limit of the award. Award amounts will vary, but the maximum amount awarded will be $1,000. Awards are competitively allocated and limited to one per institution. The number of awards granted will depend on the estimated cost of each application, matching funds available, and the amount of funds raised by the NPA.

Deadline for Submission: Mid December




NYAS Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists

The New York Academy of Sciences Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists acknowledge and celebrate the excellence of the most noteworthy young scientists and engineers in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. The regional competition recognize outstanding postdoctoral-rank researchers who work in disciplines in the life sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, and engineering with unrestricted financial prizes for both finalists and awardees.

Stony Brook University is invited to nominate its outstanding postdocs for this award each year. Three winners will each receive $30,000 in unrestricted funds and six finalists will each receive $10,000 in unrestricted funds. See Blavatnik Awards for more information.

Campus Nomination Deadline: January 9, 2015

How To Apply:

Complete a nomination package, starting with the online SBU application form available HERE. Supplementary documents, listed below, should be submitted electronically to Postdocs may nominate themselves.

A completed nomination package should include the following:

  1. Completed SBU online application form HERE, which will ask for:
    1. basic biographical and contact information; and
    2. contact information for two recommenders who can attest to the candidate’s qualifications and research contributions to his/her field.
  2. CV (max: 4 pages) Please note the CV has a very particular format. PLEASE FOLLOW THE FORMATTING INSTRUCTIONS. (See example) Filename format: LastName_FirstName-CV.pdf
  3. Research Summary (max: 1000 words, not including citations; one figure allowed) Filename format: LastName_FirstName-Summary.pdf
  4. Full-text publications and/or patents representing the candidate’s best work (max: 4 publications) ONLY WORK PUBLISHED BY THE NOMINEE AS A POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER WILL BE CONSIDERED.
  5. Short (1000 character, not including spaces) rationale for nomination, explaining why the applicant would make a good nominee, discussing  his/her strong record of significant independent scientific contributions, early career success, and promise of sustained or accelerated progress in the future

For more details on the format and contents of each of these items, consult the 2015 Blavatnik Competition Guidelines section on “Supporting Documents.”


2015 Blavatnik Competition Guidelines

2015 Blavatnik FAQ for Stony Brook Postdocs

**Submission period typically December 1-January 31 of each  year**


Regeneron Prize for Creative Innovation

The Regeneron Prize for Creative Innovation recognizes and honors excellence in biomedical science conducted by graduate students and postdocs with a top prize of $50,000. Applicants must submit a two-page proposal on their "dream" research idea, with CV and 2-3 representative publications. Applicants are strongly encouraged to think big and outside the box as reviewers want to see "dream" thinking if resources and technology were no limitation. 

Prize: One graduate student and one post-doctoral fellow will be selected to receive the Regeneron Prize for Outstanding Research each year.  Each prize will include a check for $50,000.  In addition, prize winners will receive a $5,000 donation to their home institution to help support their seminar series.  Semi-finalists and finalists for each prize will be awarded $5,000 (approximately 8-10 applicants for each prize will be selected for this distinction).

How to Apply: Application materials are due to the SBU nominating committee by Friday, December 12, 2014. Applications should be sent via e-mail to IREP Director Kathleen Flint Ehm at irep

Required Application Materials:

  • The candidate's CV
  • 2-3 PDFs of representative publications by the candidate
  • The two-page research proposal (single-spaced) on a “dream” project: See Proposal Guidelines.

2015 Regeneron Prize for Creative Innovation Overview

2015 Regeneron Prize for Creative Innovation Proposal Guidelines


Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellows Award

Stony Brook has been invited to submit a candidate for the inaugural Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellows Award for first-year SBU postdocs in chemistry and the life sciences.  This merit-based award provides two years of postdoctoral funding, including stipend (~$43,000/yr) and research support (~14,500/yr). Postdocs must be within their first year of postdoctoral training and must identify a faculty mentor who will advise their proposed research, career and professional development.

Only ONE nominee may be submitted to the national competition. Nominated postdocs will undergo a campus competition, DEADLINE: JANUARY 8, 2015.

Program Web site:

Candidate Eligibility:

  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • PhD, MD, or PhD/MD
  • SBU Postdoc in first postdoc appointment with 12 months or less total time as postdoc
  • Research in chemistry or life sciences, broadly defined

Mentor Eligibility:

  • Full-time, tenure track faculty
  • Active in research

Selection Criteria: See program Web site

Who May Nominate: SBU faculty, and postdocs who may self-nominate

Nomination Deadline: Thursday, January 8

Nomination Process: Nominators must e-mail the required materials to the IREP Office ( by Thursday, January 8. Consult the IREP Office for more details.

Application Materials (Download detailed instructions):

  • Application form (
  • Justification Supporting Candidate Selection by Institution
  • Candidate Research Proposal (PDF, 5 pages incl. refs & figs)
  • Mentorship and Career Development Plan (Five pages max)
  • ONE Confidential Letter of Recommendation from the current postdoctoral supervisor and/or proposed mentor. TWO ADDITIONAL REQUIRED FOR SELECTED SBU NOMINEE BY NATIONAL DEADLINE (2/2/15).
  • Candidate’s Representative Published Paper 
  • Proof of U.S. Citizenship or Permanent Residency
  • Candidate’s CV
  • Mentor (& Co-Mentor’s) CV

Questions on Campus Process: Kathleen Flint Ehm, Director, IREP Office and Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, e-mail: irep

Questions on Award: Contact the Beckman Foundation at (949) 721-2222 or e-mail the Program Administrator, at cbryant   

Room 2438, Computer Science Building, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY 11794-4433 Phone: 631.632.7531 Fax: 631.632.7243
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