Grants and Opportunities

ISSOL provides travel and research support for students and early-career scientists.

Student and Early-Career Scientist Travel Grants

This program provides financial assistance to early-career scientists and students who have little or no support from research contracts or grants, and who are presenting an oral/poster presentation as first author at the Origins 2020 meeting. Travel funds will be granted to members of ISSOL to partially cover the transportation costs.

Applications must include:

  • a short letter of motivation
  • a copy of the submitted abstract
  • a short CV (age, field of research, present position, Institution/University/Laboratory, address)

The application deadline is February 28th, 2020. Applications should be sent to Bruce Damer at Decisions will be made March 15th, 2030.

Stanley L Miller Early-Career Research Award

This award recognizes one or more promising young scientists (under the age of 37) for outstanding contributions achieved during their Ph.D. or postdoctoral research. They should be engaged in experimental and/or theoretical studies in Astrobiology.  The award consists of $5000 for support of professional expenses, a certificate, and public recognition at the ISSOL meeting. The awardee(s) will have the opportunity to present their work at the triennial meeting.

Nominees do not have to be members of the Society. Nominations must include:

  • a letter of ~250 words describing the nominee’s contributions to the field.
  • a list of not more than ten (10) of the nominee’s major publications.

Individuals can apply or mentors/sponsors may apply for a deserving candidate. The application deadline will be March 31st, 2020. The selection committee consists of Nicholas Hud (chair), Jim Cleaves, Sandra Pizzarello, and Juli Pereto. Applications should be sent as a single pdf document to the chair of the selection committee, Dr. Nicholas Hud (

Sohan Jheeta Travel Award For Students and Postdocs from Developing Nations to Attend the 2017 ISSOL Meeting

A total of $1301 USD is available in travel grants through this award for students and post-docs from developing nations to attend the 2020 ISSOL meeting.

Depending on need and availability, this award may be divided into smaller awards.

The deadline for submissions is February 1st, 2020. Notification of awards will be made March 7th, 2020.

Applications should include a one page CV, a one page description of the applicant’s current research, and a one paragraph description of total estimated travel costs for the meeting.

Please send applications and as a single pdf attachment by email to

For more information regarding the grantor, please see