Travel and Virtual Conference Awards

The Center for Vertebrate Genomics (CVG) is pleased to provide funding to support the travel of students, postdocs and faculty to attend scientific conferences and to enroll in specialized courses, training, or workshops outside of Cornell. We are delighted that this CVG program has become such a popular funding mechanism and will be seeking ways to extend the funding in 2024.

All requests must comply with Cornell's current travel policy, and we welcome requests to support the costs of attending virtual conferences.

Standard travel award amounts are $800.
Virtual conference awards up to $400.

Application Procedure


Please be aware that the CVG's travel awards budget will be apportioned quarterly. Requests for funding will be reviewed on an as-needed and first-come basis until quarterly funds are exhausted. Applications must be submitted PRIOR to the date of travel or date of the virtual conference.


  • The traveler must belong to a lab whose PI is an active CVG faculty member.
  • Travel awards require PI approval.
  • There is a limit of three travel awards per PI lab per fiscal year. (You are welcome to contact Charlotte,, to confirm your lab's current eligibility.)


To request funding, please send an email (include traveler's name in the subject line) with the following information to Charlotte Williams (, and CC the traveler's PI.

  • Traveler's name, traveler's position, PI's name
  • Dates, location, and title of the conference/workshop
  • Travel Purpose: Briefly describe the importance of the meeting for your research or training in vertebrate genomics. Clear genomic relevance is required.
  • If a presentation will be given, indicate the type (poster or talk)
  • Estimated travel costs (transportation, registration, lodging etc)
  • Traveler's last conference attended (title and date)

The traveler's PI should reply to the email submission with their approval of the application.

Notification of Award Status

Applicants will be notified approximately one week after application submission.