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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 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. Grants may not be used for travel to attend a scientific conference or for the acquisition of equipment.

Up to 10 grants with a maximum of 1,000 € each are awarded, twice a year. Postgraduate grants are available for IAS members who are enrolled for PhD study. Students enrolled in MSc programs are not eligible for funding.

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, the IAS Bureau evaluates the submitted applications and makes a final selection. Applicants are personally informed by the Office of the Treasurer as to the outcome of their application. The grants are transferred to the applicants' bank account upon submission of a short scientific and financial report. If applicants are not able to prepay their expenses, they may ask the Office of the Treasurer for an up to 7 % advance payment.

Eligibility and selection criteria:

  • Applicants must be enrolled as a PhD student;
  • Students are only eligible to receive one IAS Postgraduate Grant;
  • Students whose application was unsuccessful may apply again during a subsequent application round if the funds needed have not been obtained from other sources in the meantime. In case of such second application the student should explain how they continued their studies and/or changed the focus of their study without the grant that was applied for previously, and explain why an IAS grant is still needed.

During the evaluation process, preference will be given to those applications that can convincingly demonstrate:

  1. that the proposed work cannot be conducted without the grant, and
  2. that the PhD project does not have access to funding from industry (including university industry consortia) or national/federal agencies.

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 less-developed countries. The list of the countries that are eligible for such support is provided here, and is based on the World Bank list of low-income and lower-middle-income economies. The purpose of this grant scheme is to allow Earth Science 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.