Purpose and value of the awards
The International Society of Hymenopterists (ISH) has created the student travel awards to support and encourage postgraduate students working on the systematics, ecology, physiology or some other aspect of the insect order Hymenoptera as part of a postgraduate program (MSc, PhD or equivalent qualification). They are advertised on a regular basis through the Society.
For this round, the Society has allocated funds for four USD $1,500 travel awards specifically to attend the International Congress of Entomology meeting in Kyoto, Japan (25-30 August 2024). To be eligible for one of these travel awards a student must give an oral presentation at the ISH student symposium that will be taking place during the Congress. Supervisors must be able to state that applicants are registered graduate students at their institution who have not submitted their theses by the due date (1 November 2023).
The four awards have been divided into two categories with different eligibility criteria as outlined below:
Two awards restricted to current ISH members:
Only full-time postgraduate students are eligible to apply and they must be current members of the Society (you will need to be logged in to apply)
Two awards restricted to applicants based in countries not in the UN HDI index top 30:
Only full-time postgraduate students are eligible to apply; they do not have to be members of the Society, but must be enrolled for their postgraduate studies at an institution within a country other than the 30 countries with the highest human development index as listed by the UN Development Program (https://hdr.undp.org/data-center/human-development-index#/indicies/HDI): Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, China (SAR), Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea (Republic of), Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States.
The application needs to be written in English and contain the following information:
- Full name
- Institutional address and email address
- Name and email address of principal supervisor/major professor
- Degree program (PhD, etc); title of research project
- Time since starting this degree (years and months)
- Title and Abstract of oral presentation
- Budget for attending the Congress (including the USD1,500 award and other possible sources of funding)
- Explanation of how the award will enhance the student’s research (500 words max.)
- Statement of student’s professional and outreach activities (250 words max.)
- Endorsement letter from principal supervisor/major professor
Obligation after the Congress: The awardees will be expected to write a short report about their experiences during the Congress for inclusion in Hamuli, the newsletter of the International Society of Hymenopterists.
Deadline and selection process: Applications must be submitted on the Society’s website (links above) by 1 November 2023. A committee of three senior members of the Society will assess the applications and select the winners. The decision of the committee will be final. The winners will be announced by the President of the Society.
 Details on how to send in submissions for the ISH symposium will be circulated at a later date