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US Amgen Scholars Alumni Travel Awards

The Amgen Scholars Program seeks to increase research proficiency and to promote professional networking opportunities for program alumni who are committed to scientific careers.

The Amgen Scholars U.S. Alumni Travel Awards provide partial support up to $1,500 for national or international conference expenses, to be paid on one installment of 75% prior to conference attendance, and the remaining 25% after submission of a conference report. Applicants must meet all eligibility requirements and application deadlines to be considered. Funding for these travel awards is available through the generous support of the Amgen Foundation.

Alumni of the U.S. Amgen Scholars Program who meet eligibility parameters are invited to apply.

To be eligible you must be:
○ an alumnus/a of the U.S. Amgen Scholars Program
○ selected to participate in an upcoming research conference; proof of participation is required at the time of application. Students are welcome to apply if acceptance to the conference is pending, but issuance of the award is contingent on eventual proof of acceptance
○ currently enrolled in a graduate program in a STEM field (PhD, MD/PhD or master’s), OR
○ currently enrolled or previously enrolled in an undergraduate degree program and presenting specifically on research conducted while an Amgen Scholar. Please note that these students will be required to submit 1) a finalized abstract from their time during the Amgen Scholars Program, and 2) the abstract submitted to the conference. These students are strongly encouraged to contact the U.S. Program Office to ensure their research is eligible for presentation.

Selection Criteria
Applicants are chosen on the basis of the following criteria:
○ satisfactory participation in and completion of an Amgen Scholars Program summer research experience
○ unmet financial need related to conference attendance and participation
○ demonstrated academic achievement and excellence based on the transcript, academic CV, and faculty reference letter
○ importance of the research conference to the applicant’s scientific development, academic achievement and professional networking

Note: Priority will be given to first-time applicants. Alumni may apply more than once for the travel award, but alumni may receive the award only one time.

○ We encourage applicants also to explore other sources of funding. Applicants are required to report funding from other sources to the Amgen Scholars U.S. Program Office at any time during the application process. The amount of the final award will be determined based on a combination of merit and need. The selection committee reserves the right to withdraw funding from candidates who withhold information.
○ Recipients, once notified, must agree to submit a brief, one-page statement about their conference research experiences within three weeks of the conference date. Upon submission of this statement, the final 25% of the Travel Award amount will be issued to the recipient.
○ Travel Award funds must be used for the purposes outlined in the travel award application and award letter or returned to the Amgen Scholars U.S. Program Office.

Application Checklist
By the application deadline, candidates should submit one copy of the following required materials to the U.S. Amgen Scholars Program Office. Applicants should submit application, budget worksheet, abstract, conference acceptance letter, and CV in this order, as one PDF, and in one email to the Amgen Scholars U.S. Program Office. The applicant’s official transcript may be sent via ground mail or email separately by the university registrar. Finally, the applicant’s faculty recommender should submit both recommendation letter and faculty evaluation form via email. An application will not be considered if any materials are missing.

complete application form
○ a budget worksheet outlining total conference expenses minus other funding (use sample worksheet on application form as a guideline)
○ an abstract
○ a conference acceptance letter
○ academic CV
○ an official transcript
○ one reference letter from a faculty member who has served as a recent supervisor of your research
one faculty evaluator form attached to the faculty reference letter


Mid August

Travel Award announced to Amgen Scholars alumni

Sept. 16

Travel Award applications due to the Amgen Scholars U.S. Program Office

Sept. 23

Travel Award applications forwarded to the funding committee

Late Sept.

Funding committee convenes to select recipients

Oct. 6

Travel Award recipients notified by email

Oct. 12

Deadline for recipients to accept the Travel Award

Mid Oct.

75% of award disbursed per recipient

2 Weeks Post-Conference

Award Recipients submit a one-page statement about their conference experiences to the Amgen Scholars U.S. Program Office – following, 25% of Travel Award will be dispersed per recipient

Contact Information
Applicants may direct any inquiries to the Amgen Scholars U.S. Program Office:

Amgen Scholars Program U.S. Alumni Travel Awards
Amgen Scholars U.S. Program Office
MIT, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, 7-104
Cambridge, MA 02139
Phone: 617-253-2620