A principal goal of the 13th International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant (ICMGP) is to increase participation by students, early career professionals, and under-represented groups. Financial assistance for participation in the conference will be available on a competitive basis to a limited number of applicants.

Qualifying groups include:

(i)
graduate students, post docs, and early career professionals conducting mercury research;
(ii)
representatives of developing nations;
(iii)
representatives of communities affected by mercury pollution;
(iv)
general (anyone who does not fall into one of the above categories).

A special fund has been established to provide various levels of support for conference participants in need. The exact amount of funding awarded to individuals will depend on the number of qualified applicants. This support may include all or a portion of the following, as decided by the Travel Awards & Executive Committees of the conference:

Conference registration fee
Accommodation at a local student housing facility
Airfare
Per Diem (for meals, local ground transportation)

Depending on the type of approved support, funds may be disbursed at the conference upon submission of original receipts, proof of travel, and/or student ID. Travel awardees will need to come to the meeting prepared to provide these materials if requested.

Qualifying criteria

(i)

Graduate Students/Post Docs/Early Career Professionals

Applicants MUST BE affiliated with a recognized university and be in good standing at the time of conference attendance or able to show proof of recent graduation
Applicants must be an active participant in the meeting, i.e. delivering a paper, poster, or other original contribution
Applicants will need to submit a short paragraph on how attending the ICMGP will benefit your academic career
Applicants must be willing to volunteer at the conference

(ii)

Representatives from developing nations

Applicants must be a resident of a developing country
Applicants may be from either the research or policy area of expertise
Applicant must be an active participant in the meeting, for example: delivering a paper, poster, or other contribution
Applicants must submit a short paragraph on how attending the ICMGP will benefit their institution, country, or career in regards to the mercury issue

(iii)

Representatives of communities or groups affected by mercury pollution

Applicants must demonstrate that they are a member of a mercury-affected community
Applicants must be involved in the community and be able to demonstrate their involvement
Applicants must actively participate in the meeting, including attending presentations, panel discussions, and poster sessions
Applicants must submit a short paragraph on how attending the ICMGP will benefit their community, country, or their ability to help their community in regards to the mercury issue

(iv)

General (anyone who does not fall into one of the above categories)

Applicants must be involved in the mercury community and be able to demonstrate their involvement
Applicants may be from either the research or policy area of expertise
Applicants must actively participate in the meeting, i.e. delivering a paper, poster, or other contribution
Applicants must submit a short paragraph on how attending the ICMGP will benefit their institution, country, or career in regards to the mercury issue

How to apply

Download the application form below and, once complete, submit it to the Conference Secretariat . Applicants must complete all five sections of the form to be eligible for assistance. Deadline: April 30, 2017.