For the last six biennial conferences, the Society has provided conference support for a limited number of scientific colleagues who are full-time principal investigators (PIs) employed by governments, universities or other organizations in low-income countries*.

This grant is meant for applicants who are primarily working scientists, and who a) are nationals and b) operate in a country where resources to support international conference attendance are inadequate or simply don’t exist. The grant is not open to applicants who are full time students (who are instead encouraged to apply for student travel grants).

After screening for eligibility by the Chair of the Committee on International Relations, the applications will be ranked by the Committee and a selection made based on funds available. Selection criteria will address the potential value of the contributed communication to the advancement of marine mammal science and conservation in the applicant’s country, the applicant’s country representation within the Society’s membership, and the perceived difficulty of being a marine mammal scientist in the applicant’s region.

Requirements include the following: a) full SMM membership at the time of the Conference; b) first (presenting) author of an abstract accepted by the Conference Committee; c) full participation in the Conference.

Colleagues who have not obtained a Travel Grant in the previous two Biennial Conferences (2015 and 2013) will be given precedence. When requesting support, please try to limit the request to your minimal needs. We will have a fixed amount of funding available, and the less we will award pro capita, the more colleagues we will be able to support.

The application window for the SMM 2017 conference will be open from 5 December 2016 - 29 March 2017.


Apply for a Developing Country Travel Grant? Click here!

Awardees will be contacted by 7 July 2017

If you have any questions about applying for a travel grant in 2017, contact:

Giuseppe Notarbartolo di Sciara, Chair, International Relations Committee
Tethys Research Institute
Phone: (+39) 335-637-6035
Fax: (+39) 02-700-518-468


*Based on listings from the Population Division of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the Society for Marine Mammalogy identifies all countries except the following as low-income countries:

Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belgium, Bermuda, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Cayman Islands, Channel Islands, Chile, China-Hong Kong SAR, China-Macao SAR, Croatia, Curacao, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Finland, France, French Polynesia, Germany, Greece, Greenland, Guam, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Northern Mariana Islands, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Russian Federation, Saint Kitts and Nevis, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Singapore, Sint Maarten (Dutch part), Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, United States Virgin Islands, Uruguay, Venezuela.

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