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Postdoctoral Conference Support Award (PCSA)

The Postdoctoral Conference Support Award covers a postdoctoral associate’s conference registration fee up to $500. The Award does not cover travel, lodging, or membership fees. The PCSA is a reimbursement award.  Postdocs should consult their business department regarding conference registration payment and/or reimbursement.


To be eligible, a postdoctoral associate must be presenting a paper, poster, or other research or creative material at a major, scholarly, scientific, or professional conference.  The postdoc must show proof of acceptance to present at the conference and be a postdoctoral associate at the University of Maryland at the time of travel to the conference.

Postdocs are eligible to receive the PCSA twice during their appointment at the University of Maryland. Postdocs are not eligible to receive the PCSA more than once per fiscal year.

Award funds will be transferred from the Graduate School to the postdoc’s department. The Award is not transferable to other individuals. No departmental cost-share is required.  

Applications will be accepted up until the first day of the conference.

Submitting the Application

To submit an application, please fill out this survey.

It will ask for your contact information, details about the conference and your presentation, and contact information for your faculty mentor/chair and your department’s business office.

You will also need to upload a copy of your acceptance letter from the conference organizers and submit a brief statement (150 words maximum) discussing the value of your participation in this conference to your academic and professional advancement.

To request a PCSA reimbursement from the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA), business officers need to provide OPA with the following: copies of the postdoc's Concur report and a copy of the KFS statement showing the postdoc’s reimbursement. Please clearly indicate the postdoc’s name and KFS account numbers on all copies and forward these documents to the attention of Anne-Charlotte Mecklenburg in the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs at or by campus mail (2125 Lee Building).

For any questions, please contact Anne-Charlotte Mecklenburg in the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs at

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