Scholarships and Awards

The following scholarships and grants are intended to help support the cost of travel and participation in non-SSR reproductive sciences meetings. For fellowships, grants, and awards specific to the SSR Annual Meeting, please see the Grants and Awards page.

Anita Payne Scholarship

The Anita Payne Scholarship was established in 2012 to help support the cost of travel and participation in the Frontiers in Reproduction (FIR) program. Supported by a grant from the Anita Payne Endowment Fund, the award has a value of $5,000 to help support the cost of travel and participation in the FIR program.

FIR is an intensive, six-week laboratory and lecture course for scientists-in-training who seek to improve their knowledge and experimental skills in order to pursue a career in the Reproductive Sciences. FIR is held each summer at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, a world-famous training ground for Experimental Biologists. Twenty participants are selected each year from a competitive admissions pool that includes graduate students, postdoctoral and clinical fellows, and junior faculty.


To be a qualified applicant, you must be:

  1. a current Trainee Member of SSR (dues are paid and mentor's signature is on file in the SSR Business Office by the deadline for FIR applications—for 2017: 11 January), and
  2. accepted to participate in the FIR program.

Award Criteria

The Anita Payne Scholarship is awarded to the highest-ranking applicant admitted to FIR who is also an SSR Trainee Member.


No separate application is required for the Anita Payne Scholarship. Trainees can indicate their interest in applying for this award while completing the required supporting information for the FIR application.

Questions concerning this award may be directed to SSR President Janice Bailey.

Past Recipients

2016: Sophea Heng. Hudson Institute of Medical Research, Clayton, Victoria, Australia
2015: Alisa A. Suen. NIEHS, Durham, North Carolina, USA.
2014: Rasmani Hazra. University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
2013: Raquel Gonzalez-Herrero, D.V.M., Ph.D. University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
2012: Yosi Aizen, Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin, Port Aransas, Texas, USA.

SSR–WCRB Travel Grant

To facilitate the participation of SSR Members at WCRB 2014, SSR provided a limited number of travel grants to Trainees and early-career Regular Members who presented at the meeting. The next World Congress of Reproductive Biology will be held 27–29 September 2017 in Okinawa, Japan, and is being hosted by the Society for Reproduction and Development (SRD). For more information, contact or visit the WCRB 2017 website.

SSR Support for Speakers at International Meetings

This program is intended to provide travel support for SSR member-speakers at international meetings that advance reproductive science and SSR's mission. The program provides a number of benefits:

  • For meeting organizers: helps defray expenses associated with the meeting.
  • For SSR members: supports the career development and international presence of our members.
  • For SSR as an organization: promotes the field of reproductive science and increases the visibility of SSR and its mission globally.

Eligibility Criteria and Conditions

Applicants will be selected according to the following criteria:

  • Applications will be accepted from individuals representing not-for-profit organizations planning the international meeting.
  • Meeting must be international in scope and focus on a topic of direct importance in reproductive sciences and therefore relevant to SSR's mission.
  • Poster presentations and/or short platform talks are not the intended focus of support.
  • The speaker, to be selected by the meeting organizers, must be an SSR member in good standing.
  • Applicants must agree to acknowledge the Society's support at the meeting, in the meeting's support at the meeting, in the meeting's program, and in the meeting promotional materials.

SSR is allocating up to $10,000 per year for this program. SSR will provide up to $2,000 per meeting to defray costs of an SSR member invited to be a speaker (e.g., plenary, symposium) at an international meeting. The speaker will be reimbursed directly by SSR for documented travel expenses (not to include registration fees) according to SSR's speaker reimbursement guidelines. Guidelines include use of economy airfares, and meals are not to exceed $50 per day. For international meetings outside North America, priority will be given to reimbursing transportation costs ahead of "in-country" expenses.

Instructions to Request SSR Support for International Meetings

Read the Program description and criteria (above). Submit your request as an MS Word document and email to The application should include the following information:

  1. Date of application.
  2. Name, contact information, and authority of person(s) submitting the application.
  3. Meeting information: title of meeting, dates, place, and objectives of the meeting.
  4. Sponsorship information to confirm that the meeting is not sponsored by a for-profit entity.
  5. Brief description of how the meeting relates to advancing Reproductive Sciences.
  6. Links to flyers and/or websites advertising the meeting, and available information about the meeting program.
  7. Name of SSR member plenary speaker if selected at the time of application. (Speaker may be selected after the proposal is approved, but funding is contingent upon the speaker being an SSR member.)
  8. Signature of meeting spokesperson. By signing this application, you are agreeing to the conditions listed in this SSR Program Announcement.

Note: Applications received 1 January through 30 June will be reviewed at the SSR Board meeting held at the Annual Meeting (usually July–August); those received between 1 July and 31 December will be reviewed at the mid-year SSR Board meeting (usually February). Decisions will apply to meetings scheduled to take place over the following 18 months.


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