Professional Development Travel Awards


Postdoc Professional Development Travel Awards provide funds to assist Northwestern postdoctoral fellows traveling to conferences, seminars, and meetings that will further their professional development and career advancement. 


  • Applicants must have a University-designated title of Postdoctoral Fellow (see below) from any Northwestern department, research center, institute or school to be considered.  Research associates and research faculty are not eligible for this award program.
    • Postdoctoral Fellow
    • Postdoctoral Fellow, Direct Fellowship
    • Postdoctoral Fellow-Dept. of Education
    • NRSA Postdoctoral Fellow
    • Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Applicants must be a current postdoctoral fellow (at time of application and travel)
  • Applicants must have completed at least six months of postdoctoral training at Northwestern (by the time of travel).
  • Applicants are eligible for a maximum of two awards over the entire course of their postdoctoral training.
  • Applicants are eligible to receive one grant per year.

Award Information:

  • Maximum award of $250 for postdoctoral fellows that are currently supported by an individual postdoctoral fellowship  
  • Maximum award of $500 for postdoctoral fellows that are not currently supported by an individual postdoctoral fellowship  


Application cycle is Now Closed

Selection Process

The Graduate School and Office of Postdoctoral Affairs will consider applications on a first come/first serve basis.

Post award Instructions
  • Submit report to provide TGS with administrator and financial account information.
  • A report of how the funds were used must be submitted to the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs by September 30, 2018
  • As a condition of the award, all recipients must submit an abstract to present (oral or poster) at the next annual Northwestern University Postdoctoral Forum (NUPF) symposium that is tentatively scheduled for August/September 2018.
  • To learn more about NUPF and their annual symposium, please visit the NUPF webpage.
  • Please note: failure to complete the report and abstract submission may affect eligibility for future OPA Professional Development Travel Awards

Contact OPA with any questions.