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In 1991, the SETAC North America Board of Directors established a program to encourage and support the attendance of student members at SETAC North America annual meetings. It is anticipate that approximately 65 grants will be awarded directly to students for the SETAC North America 41st Annual Meeting, which will be held from 15-19 November 2020.


The applicant must be a current SETAC student member in good standing and must submit an abstract and intend to present a platform or poster presentation at the SETAC North America annual meeting. Students can win one award for each degree level during their studies (undergraduate, master or Ph.D.) or a maximum of three awards. If a student applies for the Diversity Attendance Grant, it will count towards the total number of attendance grants a student can receive.

Application Instructions

Students can apply for a Student Attendance Grant during the abstract submission process of the SETAC North America Annual Meeting. Failure to meet the deadline or follow instructions invalidates the application.

The application must include:

  • Proof of an active (paid) student membership with SETAC
  • Completed application form
  • CV or resume (2,000 character maximum)
  • A statement of research goals and accomplishments by the applicant (250 word maximum)
  • A supporting statement by the applicant’s research advisor (single page maximum). Please note that the advisor will receive a separate email requesting a supporting statement. The deadline for the letter of support is three days after the abstract submission deadline.

Selection Process

Members of the SETAC North America Awards and Fellowships Subcommittee evaluate and rank all Student Attendance Grant applications. The number of awards will be limited by available funds, and applicants will be ranked on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Completeness and timeliness of the application package
  • Quality of the abstract
  • Organization and presentation of applicant’s statement of goals and accomplishments
  • Availability to volunteer at the annual meeting

If the number of meritorious applicants exceeds the available funds, selections will be made to ensure a diversity of winners, including fields of study, geography and gender.

Award Procedure

For in-person events, all monetary stipends will be paid at the annual meeting.

For further information, contact Laura Swanson.