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Postdoctoral Travel Awards


The Virtual Conference Award is a new opportunity for postdocs to present their research at a conference or professional meeting that has switched to a virtual platform where there is no physical travel and registration is the only expense needed. If the postdoc is able to verify that their abstract has been accepted to present, the grad school will award up to $200 to cover the registration expense. Alternatively, if the postdoc wishes to attend a virtual conference for professional development purposes, they may also be eligible for a Virtual Conference Award. Postdocs applying for funding to participate in a conference without presenting their research need to demonstrate their intent to participate through proof of workshop registration, training registration, or other documents.

Applications must be received in the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs before the conference date. Postdocs are only allowed one Virtual Conference Award, but receipt of a Virtual Conference Award will not prevent them from being eligible for a future Travel Award.


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Professional Development Travel Award

Now Accepting Applications – Professional Development Program for Postdocs

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs will pilot a limited funding pilot program called the “Professional Development Program for Postdocs” (PDPP). Under this program, postdocs can apply for funds from the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs to attend academic workshops or training opportunities without any presentation requirements. This competitive financial award can help Postdocs to gain skills and backgrounds that will be important for their future research and creative activities.

Postdocs receiving the PDPP are expected to actively participate in their proposed training. Postdocs applying for the PDPP will need to demonstrate their intent to participate through proof of workshop registration, training registration, or other documents.

Like the Postdoctoral Travel Assistance Award (PTAA), the PDPP is a matching funds program. Postdocs who apply for the PDPP must-have travel funding support from their departments, PI, or other University funding source to receive matching funds support from the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs. The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs will match funds up to the amount of $500.

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs will evaluate the success of the PDPP for the Academic Year of 2022-2023 and will make adjustments and plans for continuance based on need, the success of the program, and available funding for postdoctoral travel.

Questions or concerns about this program can be directed to Sabrina Smith ( or by calling (801) 213-2250.

Postdoctoral Travel Assistance Award

Applications for Postdoctoral Travel Assistance are invited from current University of Utah postdocs whose research or creative project has been confirmed for presentation at a professional meeting. HR job codes that are classified as postdoc positions include 9205, 9207, 9208, 9209, 9210, 9211, 9212 & 9213. Each postdoc is only eligible to receive the award one time during their postdoctoral career at the University of Utah.

You may apply for funding support if you meet the following conditions:

  1. You will be presenting your research work at a conference or professional meeting.
  2. You received confirmation from the conference venue stating that your abstract has been accepted for presentation.
  3. You have not previously received PTAA funding.