Stem Cell Network International Travel Awards

The Stem Cell Network (SCN) is proud to relaunch our International Travel Awards Program giving trainees / Highly Qualified Personnel (HQP) the opportunity to communicate their work internationally and contribute to the visibility of Canadian research abroad.

SCN’s International Travel Awards will enable trainees or HQP to attend international conferences or meetings on stem cells, cell therapy and regenerative medicine. Interested trainees can apply at any time for this award. There are a limited number of awards available for travel each quarter from April 2022 – March 2023 that will be given out on a first-come, first-considered basis for that quarter, subject to SCN approval.

*SCN has allocated all available travel awards for the first three quarters (April – December 2022). Applications are still being accepted for conference travel occurring between January 1, 2023 and March 31, 2023.

Details of the International Travel Awards:


  • SCN will provide financial support up to a maximum of $2,500 per successful applicant, on a reimbursement basis. This support can be used to cover flights between the city where the international meeting is taking place and the home city of the successful applicant, ground transportation, accommodation, and meals not provided by the event.
  • Note that this award does not cover conference or meeting registration fees.
  • Available funds will be awarded on a first-come, first-considered basis each quarter, subject to approval by SCN management. Travel must take place between April 1, 2022 and March 31, 2023.
  • The application for a Stem Cell Network International Travel Award must be submitted before attending the conference, and it is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure they have received a travel award notification from SCN prior to attending the conference.  Applications to support travel costs associated with past attendance of a conference will not be considered.


  • Candidates must be a Trainee or Highly Qualified Personnel (i.e. graduate student, post-doctoral fellow, research assistant or research associate) working in the field of stem cells and regenerative medicine in a Canadian lab.
  • The proposed international meeting must be aligned with the mission of the Stem Cell Network, and should take place after April 1, 2022 and before March 31, 2023.
  • The applicant needs to clearly justify their attendance at the proposed international meeting and explain how attending the meeting will benefit their research project, career goals and the work of their home lab.
  • The applicant must provide proof that their submitted abstract has been accepted for presentation by the organizers of the international meeting.

Application Procedure:

  1. Deadline: Applications can be submitted at any time. Applications will be reviewed by SCN management on an ad-hoc basis.
  2. The completed application should be emailed to Ellie Arnold at the SCN office for review – email
  3. SCN management will review the application, and the applicant will be notified of the decision within 30 days of receipt of the application.

Reporting and Communication Requirements:
By accepting a SCN International Travel Award, the recipient agrees to provide a short report describing the value of the training and networking opportunities made available through the award. This information will be used at SCN’s discretion on its website, newsletters and for the purpose of reporting to its funding agency. Please note that expense reimbursement will be processed only once the completed report is received at the SCN office.

For further information on applying for a SCN International Travel Award, please contact Ellie Arnold at

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