Travel Grants

2021 Western Division AFS Travel Grants – Registration Assistance


The Western Division of the American Fisheries Society and the Utah Chapter will be hosting the 2021 Meeting. Given the current circumstances with COVID-19, the 2021 meeting will be held virtually. Considering the new meeting format, this year’s travel grants will be awarded in the form of registration assistance. The Virtual Meeting will be held May 10-14, 2021.

The grant categories are the following:

  • Student
  • Early Career Professionals (graduated since May 2016)
  • Professionals
  • Emeritus
  • International Members
  • Indigenous/Tribal Members *New Opportunity*

Please review the criteria before applying. Applicants will only be eligible for one grant, please do not apply to multiple categories or multiple times.

Grants will be awarded at the discretion of the WDAFS Executive Committee. The maximum award amount will cover the registration rate for the 2021 meeting. Maximum budgets for each category are: Student $5,000; Early Career Professional $1,000; Professional $750; Emeritus $500; International $750; and, Indigenous/Tribal Members $2,000.

Applications will be received until March 1, 2021.

Please consult the WDAFS website for the latest information about conference.


Current Society and WDAFS membership required (exception given to the Indigenous/Tribal Member category). You will be asked to provide your AFS membership number.
Applicants will be ranked on the following criteria:

  1. Applicants who actively participate at the 2021 annual meeting. This can include presenting an oral or poster presentation, assisting the planning committee, moderating a session, etc.
  2. Applicants who are active (or interested in becoming active) in a sub-unit, Chapter, Western Division, or the Society.
  3. Indicate a strong interest in fisheries, oceans, aquatic science and management

International only: Applicants must reside outside the United States. If you reside outside of WDAFS boundaries, Provinces of British Columbia and the Yukon Territory in Canada; Mexico; U.S. associated entities in the Eastern Pacific Ocean, please contact Doug Austen ([email protected]) and request to become a Western Division member.

Indigenous/Tribal Member: Those who self-identify as being American Indian, Alaska Native, First Nation, Native Hawaiian, or Pacific Islander. Preference will be given to Society and WDAFS members, but membership is not required and award will cover non-member registration.

Award Reimbursement:

Receipts must be submitted to the WDAFS Secretary-Treasurer within 30 days of the annual meeting, typically by email. Directions for reimbursement will be provided when successful applicants are notified. Award recipients will be notified prior to abstract and early registration deadlines.

**WDAFS recognizes that some students and professionals may not have the financial status to pay for meeting registration on a 30-day reimbursable basis. As such, WDAFS is considering ways to immediately reimburse travel award winners prior to the meeting for early registration. Please indicate if immediate reimbursement is needed on the form when asked. Reimbursement will not exceed the amount awarded.

To Apply:

To apply please complete the application here.


Contact Laurie Earley ([email protected]) if you have any questions about the award opportunity or the application. Please use the subject line WDAFS Travel Grant.