SMR Congress

Travel Awards

The Society for Melanoma Research has established a process to help young scientists apply for financial assistance to attend the annual Society for Melanoma Congress.


The awards will be made on a competitive basis from the pool of candidates submitting poster and oral abstracts for the Congress. In order to be considered for the awards the individuals must meet specific criteria.

  1. You must submit an abstract with the intention of presenting your research (oral presentation or poster) at the Congress.
  2. you must be a graduate student or young scientist-in-training (i.e. postdoctoral or medical resident, fellow, intern) within five years of receiving your MD or PhD.
  3. You must be a member of the Society for Melanoma Research. All trainees registering to attend the SMR Congress will be given a complimentary 1 year SMR membership for 2020. Hence, the requirement to be an SMR member is automatically fulfilled when you register to attend the Congress.
  4. Your lab's Principle Investigator (PI) must provide a statement confirming your trainee status and that you are eligible to be considered for a SMR Travel Award.
  5. If you have a need for financial assistance, and could not otherwise attend the meeting, please disclose this in a single sentence in the letter.

All SMR Travel Awardees will be selected based upon the scientific merit of the submitted abstract. However, financial assistance will also be taken into consideration so that applicants who submit meritorious abstracts will be able to attend the conference. To simplify the application process this year, the PI's letter certifying trainee status may be uploaded onto the abstract submission site at the time you submit your abstract.

Steps to Apply

  • Submit Abstract - To qualify for consideration for a Postdoc Travel Award, abstracts must be submitted to the meeting through the regular abstract submission process. Applicants must be the first author on a submitted abstract.
  • Upload or Email a Letter Certifying Trainee Status - A letter of recommendation from the principal investigator/advisor must be uploaded with your abstract submission. Alternatively the letter may be emailed to [email protected]. Address the letter of support to “Postdoc Travel Award Review Committee.” The letter should address 1) the scientific merit of the postdoc’s work, 2) how the meeting attendance will benefit the postdoc’s professional development, and 3) Disclose in one sentence if there is a need for financial assistance.
  • Upload or Email your curriculum vitae - A one page curriculum vitae must be uploaded with your abstract submission. Alternatively the CV may be emailed to [email protected].

Deadline and Disposition Notification:

The application deadline is July 29, 2019. A completed application includes:

  • Completed Abstract Submission
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Curriculum Vitae

Applicants will be notified via email in early September regarding the status of their application.

The deadline for applications coincides with the abstract submission deadline.

There are no travel awards being made for late breaking abstracts.

Judging for the awards will include but is not limited to:

  • Submission of all requested information before the stated deadline.
  • The top 15% of submissions not already selected for oral presentations
  • Quality of work
  • Originality of work

If interested in receiving a travel award, submit your application through the abstract submission site.