ARCUS Early Career Conference Funding Award


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The Arctic Research Consortium of the US (ARCUS) Early Career Conference Funding Award supports US-based, early career researchers and students to participate in virtual meetings and events relevant to Arctic research since 2020. In lieu of full travel grants due to COVID-19 related travel restrictions, these funding awards will cover registration fees, session/abstract submission costs, and other relevant expenses related to virtual conference attendance for one conference or event. This award aims to increase participation of early career, underrepresented minorities (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color; BIPOC) in Arctic research by providing at least half of the awards to BIPOC students and researchers. This award is for conference attendance and participation—submitting an abstract will be optional. Funding for these awards is made possible through the National Science Foundation’s Arctic Sciences Section (PLR #1928794).

The 2022 cycle of the Early Career Conference Funding Award is now closed. A second award cycle for in-person conference travel is anticipated in mid-2022.

Qualifications and Requirements

  • Applicants should be early-career, defined for this award as a student (graduate or undergraduate) or within six years of terminal degree. No Arctic education or experience is required.

  • Applicants should be US-based (US citizenship not required).

  • Intended conference should be virtual, have Arctic-relevant sessions/themes (of any discipline), and occur before 30 June 2022. No in-person conference attendance will be supported through this award.

  • Eligible expenses include conference registration, abstract/session submission fees, and other relevant expenses upon approval, which can be paid directly by ARCUS or reimbursed (receipt required).

  • Awardees will provide a brief, written summary of experience (100–200 words) following attendance.

Call For Applications - Closed

The 2022 application period closed on 5:00 p.m. Alaska Time, Tuesday, 15 February 2022. Successful applicants will be selected by a volunteer selection committee and notified of award acceptance in late February.

For questions, please contact Lisa Sheffield Guy, ARCUS at lisa [at]

If you're new to Arctic research and aren't sure where to look for a relevant conference or meeting, please visit our Arctic Calendar to find Arctic events and meetings.

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2022 Award Winners

Victoria Bergstrom
Alicia Blanton
Julio Ceniceros
Haley Cynar
Tanea Fisher
Richterica Ford
Thomasina Horton
Saravanan Kanagaratnam
Rajesh Kandel
Lauren Kipp
Margaret Lindeman
Cameron McMillan
Grant Peel
Lydia Schoeppner
Kharis Schrage

2021 Award Winners

Leslie Baker Lyon, Portland State University
Mia Bennett, University of Washington
Mark England, University of California Santa Cruz
Shouwei Li, University of California Riverside
Jillian Sanders, Texas A & M University
Hannah Zimmerman, Stanford University

2020 Award Winners

ARCUS would like to congratulate the winners of our first Early Career Conference Funding Award! This year’s 16 awardees received support for virtual conference registration and fees. Congratulations to:

Mark England, University of North Carolina Wilmington
Hayley Cynar, Oregon State University
Allison Cluett, University at Buffalo
Shima Shams, Washington State University
Raven Mitchell, Michigan State University
Adrian Charles, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Courtney Collins, University of Colorado Boulder
Patricia Johnston, University of Washington
Austin Roy, University of Texas El Paso
Lucia Gonzalez, University of Texas El Paso
Stephen Greenlaw, University of Alaska Fairbanks
Joy O'Brien, University of New Hampshire
Emily Fedders, University of Alaska Fairbanks
Xueke Li, Brown University
Ian Baxter, University of California Santa Barbara
Ingalise Kindstedt, University of Maine

2020 and 2021 Early Career Conference Funding Award Selection Committee

Lavanya Ashokkumar, University of Arizona and Association of Early Career Polar Scientists (APECS)
Claire Griffin, University of Virginia
Julie Loisel, Texas A & M University
Josephine-Mary Sam, University of Alaska Fairbanks
Lisa Sheffield Guy, Arctic Research Consortium of the US
Stacey Stoudt, Arctic Research Consortium of the US
Jiake Zhou, University of Alaska Fairbanks