MIDB Travel Award Program

The Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain is pleased to announce the launch of a travel award program. Funds will be provided to assist MIDB members who plan to present a refereed paper or poster at an academic conference or professional meeting. The presented work must cohere with the mission of the MIDB. Applicants must be members of the MIDB and must cite the MIDB as a source of support for the project. In particular, we wish to support the work of trainees and junior investigators. Application details are below:

Application form


Members of the MIDB are welcome to apply. Please see the website for information on MIDB membership.  You must be a student, postdoctoral fellow/resident, or junior faculty member to apply. The applicant must be the presenting author at the conference/meeting. The work must be accepted for presentation at the time of application for this award. Applicants may request one MIDB travel award within a fiscal year. The fiscal year extends from roughly July 1 of a given year through June 30 of the next year (e.g., July 1, 2022-June 30, 2023). The fiscal year of record will be linked to the date of the conference. For instance, if you apply in May for a conference that will take place in September, the award will be counted against the September fiscal year.

Funding Amount

Applicants may request up to $750. We realize that this amount is unlikely to cover the full cost of conference attendance. Applicants are expected to pursue other sources of support through their home departments, co-authors’ sources of non-sponsored funding, or, if relevant, granting agencies.

Award Use

Travel award funding may be used for travel, lodging, or registration expenses to attend and present as the leading author at a professional conference or workshop. Attendance may be in-person or virtual.

When to apply

A completed application must be submitted at least 45 days in advance of planned travel. You will be notified after your application has been evaluated by the MIDB research administration.

Reimbursement Procedure (post-travel)

You may need to pay for some expenses up front then seek reimbursement after the meeting. Upon completion of travel, grantees must request a travel reimbursement. If the grantee is a University employee, they must submit this reimbursement request through ChromeRiver. If the grantee is not a University employee, they must complete an Employee Expense Worksheet [.xls] and submit it to the MIDB research administration. Graduate students should work with their home department’s accounting staff to submit the proper forms.

In accord with University policy, all reimbursement requests must be submitted within 60 days of the expense date or trip return date.


Please direct questions to Brie Katterjohn ([email protected]).