Researchers from Developing Nations Travel Award

Initiated in 2018, this award provides funding for two researchers as a team who are the 1st author (first person listed on the abstract; co-first-authors are not considered) and the last author on a single submitted abstract and has been selected to give an oral or poster presentation at the annual society meeting. The purpose is to support both the trainee author and their mentor. The individual must have citizenship in, and currently reside in, an economically-disadvantaged nation (specific city will also be reviewed as this may vary from the country HDI), as defined by a ranking of <0.80 in the Human Development Index (HDI) Value on the UN Development Index (

The selected individuals will be provided support to attend the annual meeting not to exceed $10,000 total inclusive of meeting registration, economy airfare and ground transportation, 3-4 nights hotel depending on travel distance and incidentals based on receipts provided. Receipts must be provided for all disbursement requests. Meeting attendance is required. 

Candidates will submit a CV, a letter stating a) how attendance at the annual meeting will foster their career development and b) how growing society representation in their region would be beneficial to the scientific community as a whole as well as SLB.  One of these paired awards will be provided annually and determined by a review of the awards committee along with the annual award review process with scientific merit of the work considered as with all award reviews.

Candidates do not have to be current members and a 1 year membership for both the student/postdoc and mentor is included in the award. Both individuals will be highlighted in the newsletter and on the website. If only one of the individuals of the pair can attend, coverage will be provided up to the $5,000 limit for the one author. In recognition of the challenges that upfront costs may pose, this is the only award that may be applied for prior to registration. The awardee(s) may be provided up front direct society payment to carriers to cover costs up front versus refunded after the meeting.

Please refer to the application instructions and abstract system for specific application requirements.


Chaouki Benabdessalem, Institut Pasteur de Tunis  
Gausal Khan, Fiji School of Med., Fiji National Uni.