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IMCC5 Diversity Travel Grant Awards Competition

The 5th International Marine Conservation Congress and Society for Conservation Biology Marine Section are offering Diversity Travel Grants as part of our Diversity Initiatives. For IMCC5, the Diversity Travel Grant Awards Competition (DTGAC) is focusing on international diversity, awarding competitive grants to present at IMCC5 for delegates from countries defined as developing by the World Bank and delegates from countries designated as Small Island Developing States by the United Nations. Please read the guidelines in full. Delegates must first submit an abstract in the Call for Abstracts, then apply for the DTGAC. Continue to check the website for updates. 


The IMCC5 Travel Grants Committee will be considering applications for Diversity Travel Grants to help offset costs for qualifying delegates to present at the SCB Marine Section’s 5th International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC5) in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia from 24 June - 29 June 2018. Awarded funds will be used to reimburse awardees to offset the travel costs and/or registration fees to present at IMCC.

The need for support of marine conservation efforts is acute in many parts of the world, especially in developing nations and nations with little or no access to conservation funding. SCB Marine and IMCC are thus initiating the Diversity Travel Grant Awards Competition (DTGAC) to fund attendance to present at IMCC5.

The availability of travel reimbursement funds is determined by the amount of money raised through sponsorships. Individual reimbursement awards are expected to help delegates who have an accepted abstract offset some of the costs of presenting at the meeting and will vary between $200 and $3,000 USD. 

Important Dates:

Please check back for updates on the opening of applications for travel grants soon!

General Instructions

Eligibility: Delegates who meet the following criteria may apply for an IMCC Diversity Travel Grant Award:

  • Must be a member of the Society for Conservation Biology and the Marine Section (https://conbio.org/membership/become-a-member). New members can join the Marine Section in Step 5 of 6 of the join process (see this screen shot). Already a member? Join the Marine Section via your SCB Member Home page (here's how). 
  • Must be residents of developing countries (as defined by the World Bank) or Small Island Developing States (as defined by the United Nations). Applicants must be a citizen of or currently a long-term resident of the country/region. If you are from an underserved community that is not listed, please put your justification in the comments section. Researchers from a non-qualified region who conduct research in a qualified region are not eligible.
  • Must have abstract accepted by IMCC5 Program Committee. (Applications will need to be completed prior to notification of abstract acceptance. The DTGAC Committee will check on the behalf of applications to be sure abstracts were accepted.) Submitting a DTGAC application does not guarantee acceptance of the abstract.

Preference: You must meet the eligibility criteria above to apply for a travel and/or registration reimbursement award. Applicants increase their chances of receiving an award if their abstracts receive the best evaluations by the IMCC5 Program Committee and DTGAC Committee.

The IMCC5 Diversity Travel Grant application form will be accessible online. A link to the application will be available in the near future. Please check back for more information as it is available. The link will also be in your abstract confirmation email. Online application forms should be filled out in English unless otherwise agreed upon with the SCB Marine Section Science Officer. Incomplete submissions will not be considered. Completed application forms are to be submitted online by the deadline (TBA). (No extensions will be granted.)

Upon receipt of a grant, awardees will fill out a member profile from the Marine Section Communication Officer. Winners may also to be asked to submit content to the IMCC5 blog and/or social media. Award decisions will be made by the IMCC5 DTGAC Committee and approved by the IMCC5 Meeting Chair and SCB Marine Executive Committee. Funds must be used to travel to IMCC5.

If you are among the awardees, you will be asked for your preferred reimbursement payment mode. You will receive instructions to submit receipts for reimbursement. If you have a Paypal account, it is the most convenient option. If not, a certain portion of the reimbursement (usually $50 USD) will be taken by the bank as an international money transfer fee. Ability to pay for travel up front and be reimbursed is preferred, but not required. If you are fully unable to pay for approved travel costs up front and be reimbursed, the IMCC5 DTGAC Committee and IMCC5 Meeting Manager will help book travel.

Questions? Email info@imcc5.com


External Travel Funding for Conferences

We understand affording conference travel may require a lot of work for delegates and putting together funding from various sources. We hope to help as much as we can. Beyond the Society for Conservation Biology Marine Section, there may be funding sources to travel to the International Marine Conservation Congress, including universities, professional societies, non-profit organizations, and companies.

If you need assistance with a travel grant application to attend IMCC5, please contact: 

  • Travis Nielsen for any letters you need to attach to applications, including invitation letters, abstract/proposal acceptance letters, or registration confirmation letters. If the letter needs to contain specific information, please include that in your email. 
  • Edward Hind-Ozan for any general information about IMCC5 that you need for a travel grant application. 
  • Luli Martinez for any questions related to external diversity travel grant applications. Non-native English speakers who need help filling out forms in english should also contact her, and she wil help partner them with a member of the organizing committee or other voluteers who can help with the translation. 

If you know of an available travel grant we can list on this page, please send the link to info@imcc5.com


External Travel Funding Sources:


World Wildlife Fund Professional Development Grants:

WWF offers travel support of up to $6,500USD to individuals from certain countries. These grants are for mid-career conservationists to pursue short-term, non-degree training to upgrade their knowledge and skills. These trainings can include short courses, certificate trainings, or conferences, among other training opportunities. Mid-career conservation professionals from select priority countries must meet all of the eligibility criteria to be considered for a grant.