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Travel Grants

IAS regularly sponsors sedimentology-related meetings by awarding travel grants to participating IAS student members. These travel grants are not intended to cover all expenses (i.e. travel, housing, registration) entirely, but rather to help alleviate the overall costs students may be facing when participating to such meetings.

Subscribing IAS student members, who have an active and approved (oral or poster) presentation at the sponsored meeting can apply for such a travel grant. They should submit their application via the IAS website before the deadline (generally 2 months prior to the conference). The application requires submitting a letter of motivation and some specific details regarding location and travel distance, affiliation, etc. (template provided on the submission webpage). After the deadline has passed (always Central European Time!), the Office of the Treasurer distributes the available budget among the approved applications. Applicants are personally informed by the Office of the Treasurer about their travel grant. Travel grants will be transferred to the applicants’ bank account after conclusion of sponsored meeting.

Application conditions - Eligibility criteria:

  • Applicants must be IAS student members (i.e. they must have paid their membership dues and uploaded a proof of studentship on their profile page on the IAS website);
  • Applicants can apply for a travel grant twice per calendar year: once for an IAS meeting (IMS or ISC) and once for any other IAS-sponsored meeting;
  • Applicants must have an active and approved (oral or poster) presentation at the meeting.

Postgraduate Grant Scheme (PGS)

IAS has established a grant scheme designed to help PhD students with their studies by offering financial support for fieldwork, data acquisition and analysis, visits to other institutes to use specialized facilities, or participation in field excursions directly related to the PhD research subject.

Up to 10 grants, each of about 1,000 € are awarded, twice a year. These grants are available for IAS members only, and only for PhD students. Students enrolled in MSc programs are not eligible for funding and research grants are not given for travel to attend a scientific conference, nor for the acquisition of equipment.

Applicants should apply for a postgraduate grant via the IAS website. The application requires submitting a research proposal with budget and CV (template provided on the submission webpage) and a letter of support from the student’s supervisor. After the deadline has passed, the IAS Bureau evaluates the submitted applications and makes a final selection. Applicants are personally informed by the Office of the Treasurer about their grant. The grants are transferred to the applicants' bank account upon submission of a short scientific and financial report.

Eligibility and selection criteria:

  • Applicants must be enrolled as a PhD student;
  • Applicants can only benefit from a postgraduate grant once during their PhD;
  • In the evaluation process preference will be given to those applications that i) can convincingly demonstrate that the proposed work cannot be conducted without the grant, and ii) are not supported by substantial industry funding.

Post-Doctoral Research Grants

IAS Post-Doctoral Research Grants are intended as a seed to assist early-career post-doctoral researchers in either establishing a proof of concept, in order to support applications to national research funding bodies, or to fund areas of a project that were not included in the original project scope.

Up to 4 grants, each to a maximum of 2500 EUR, are awarded twice per year to post-doctoral IAS members – those that have secured their Ph.D. within the previous 7 years.

Applicants should apply for a Post-Doctoral Research Grant via the IAS website. The application requires submission of a research proposal with budget and CV (template provided on the submission webpage), and a letter of support from the researcher’s supervisor, line manager or Head of School.

Eligibility:

  • Applicants must be full members of the IAS.
  • Applicants must have secured their Ph.D. within the previous 7 years.
  • Applicants can only benefit from a Post-Doctoral grant on one occasion.


Proposals will be ranked on the following criteria:

  • Scientific quality of research, novelty and timeliness, likely output.
  • Feasibility.
  • Cost effectiveness.
  • The scientific and publication track record of the investigator.
  • Demonstration that the proposed work cannot be conducted without a grant.
  • Researchers that are not supported by substantial funding.
  • Preference is given to applications for a single purpose (rather than top-ups of other grant applications).

Institutional IAS Grant Scheme (IIGS)

The Institutional IAS Grant Scheme is meant for capacity building in 3rd world countries, based on the 'Least Developed Countries' list by the UN. Its purpose is to allow Geology Departments to acquire sedimentological equipment for teaching and research.

The grant scheme consists of 2 sessions of 1 grant of 10,000€ each year. Applications run in parallel with the PhD research grant scheme, sharing the same deadline for application and recipient notification. Items listed in the application are bought through the Office of the IAS Treasurer and then shipped to the successful applicant. No money is transferred to the grant recipient.