Resource-Limited Country Travel Awards

Photo of all the 202 Resource-Limited Awardee at the ASHG 2023 annual Meeting Held in Washington D.C.
Resource-Limited Country Travel Awardees gathered to celebrate their research accomplishments at the 2023 Awards Reception.

Resource-Limited Country Travel Awards help defray the costs of ASHG Annual Meeting participation for up to 10 individuals residing in resource-limited countries categorized by the World Bank as having low-income or lower-middle-income economies (see the list of eligible countries).

The ASHG Program Committee will select award recipients based on the quality of submitted abstracts. Award recipients receive:

  • $3,000 (USD) for meeting-related travel expenses.
  • Complimentary meeting registration.
  • A complimentary ticket to the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Luncheon.
  • A complimentary ticket to the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Reception.
  • Complimentary one-year ASHG membership.

Award Requirements

To be awarded a Resource-Limited Country Travel Award, nominees must:

  • At the time of submission, reside in a country categorized by the World Bank as having low-income or lower-middle-income economies (see the list of eligible countries).
  • Submit an abstract by the June deadline and affirm your eligibility for the award in your abstract submission.
  • Attend the in-person Annual Meeting the year the award is won.

Award Acceptance

  • Requirements:
    • Selected awardees must respond within 2 weeks of award notification that they accept the award and will attend ASHG 2024.
    • By Friday, September 20, selected awardees must provide evidence of either currently having an approved visa or a scheduled visa appointment that will take place by Friday, October 18.
      • Should an awardee be unable to meet the above requirements, their award will be forfeited.
  • Receiving award:
    • Award funds, complimentary registration, complimentary ticketed events, and complimentary membership* will be provided 6 weeks prior to the Annual Meeting.
      • Award funds will be sent via wire using a secure payment method.
      • *Membership will apply to the current award year unless the awardee is already a current member. Current members will have membership applied to the following year.

*Please note that due to U.S. OFAC comprehensive sanctions, the following countries are ineligible to submit an abstract or receive ASHG Resource Limited Travel Awards or ASHG Trainee Research Excellence Awards: Iran; Cuba; Russia; Syria; Dem. People’s Rep. of Korea (North Korea); and the Crimea, Donetsk, and Luhansk regions of Ukraine.


When will decisions about Resource-Limited Country Travel Awardees be announced?

Decisions will be announced in mid-July. Please see the dates & deadlines page for additional deadlines.

When should I apply for a visa?

Due to long visa appointment wait times, we encourage authors to apply for visas upon submission of abstract.

By submitting an abstract, am I guaranteed the Resource-Limited Country Travel Award?

Unfortunately, ASHG has limited funding for these awards. As a non-profit, the Society is thankful to be able to provide funding to some abstract authors, but so many applicants with abstracts of scientific merit make it a very challenging decision for the Program Committee. We hope that you can still attend the ASHG 2024 Annual Meeting.

When should I book my hotel reservation?

ASHG has set aside rooms at the lowest rates for awardees. Awardees will receive further information on booking these rooms in their award notifications (rooms must be booked within a specified time period).

Am I eligible to apply again for the Resource-Limited Country Travel Award if I won last year?

You are eligible to apply, however, priority is given to those applicants who have not received a Resource-Limited Country Travel Award in the previous year.

If I do not receive the Resource-Limited Country Travel Award, can I still receive the Award for Trainee Research Excellence?

If you are eligible and applied for both awards during the abstract submission process, you will be considered for each award separately. The Resource-Limited Country Travel Award recipients will be notified in mid-July, and the Trainee Excellence Award recipients will be notified in mid-August.

When will awardees be listed?

A listing of this year’s recipients will be available in September.

Past Developing Country Awardees

See additional information for international attendees

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