AIPEA offers financial support to help early-career researchers (post-doc, assistant professor or lecturer) to attend the International Clay Conference (ICC). The grant (unless otherwise noted in the grant letter) come with registration fee waiver for the ICC. The AIPEA early-career travel grant consists of maximum 500 EUR for domestic travel and maximum 1500 EUR for intercontinental travel. For virtual conferences, support will be provided in the form of conference registration waivers. The number of allocated grants will depend on the number of applications and available budget (3000 EUR for 2022 call). Travel grants are awarded to applicants in the form of a flat-rate grant, which cover the cost of transportation, accommodation, and food during the conference.
Travel grants are expected to be assigned to the early-career clay scientists who really need them. People who have funds to cover their travel cost are not recommended to apply.

> Applicants must be members of one of the affiliated societies to AIPEA. The list of societies can be found : https://aipea.org/affiliated-societies/
> Applicants must have secured their Ph.D. within the previous 5 years.
> Applicants must have clays and clay minerals as the primary focus of their research fields.
> Applicants can only benefit from an early career travel grant on one occasion.
> Oral presentation must already be accepted by the conference committee.

The following documents in addition to the application form are required:
> research abstract;
> curriculum vitae;
> acceptance letter from the conference committee;
> endorsement from the supervisor or Chair/Head of your department.
In the Travel Grant Application Form, you will be asked to provide the contact email address of your respective national clay group. They will be contacted to confirm your eligibility for the award.
The Applications must be sent via email to president@aipea.org

After the deadline the submitted applications are evaluated and a final selection is made. Applicants are personally informed via email by the Office of the Treasurer as to the outcome of their application.
Application deadline for the XVII ICC: 30th April 2022, 24h00 Brussels Time (CET, UTC+1)
Recipient notification for the XVII ICC: before 31st May.

Travel Grant applications will be evaluated on a competitive basis and ranked considering the following criteria:
> relevance to clay science;
> significance of applicants’ work;
> qualifications, scientific and publication track record of the applicant.
Applicants will be selected by the ECCS Committee and approved by the AIPEA Council.

Download the Application Form

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