EOS Travel Award

Equal Opportunities Section Student Travel Award

The AFS Equal Opportunities Section leads an effort to increase participation in AFS by graduate and undergraduate students from historically underrepresented groups in the fisheries field (females, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, those of the LGBTQ+ community, and those with disabilities). Due to the potential for continued COVID-19 Travel Restrictions, the EOS Executive Committee will offer this Travel award under two different scenarios, which are in—person attendance or virtual attendance.

In-Person Attendance:

If in-person attendance is allowed, EOS travel awards not exceeding $500 each will be awarded on a competitive basis to assist at least one graduate student (M.S. or Ph.D.) and one undergraduate student with expenses incurred while attending the Annual Meeting. Funds for an in-person meeting will not be distributed in advance. Award winners must be present at the EOS business meeting (TBA) at the Annual Meeting to receive their award.

Virtual Attendance:

If virtual attendance is required in 2021, the Travel Award will be modified to a base amount of $150.00 to cover the costs of:

  • Student AFS membership: $25.00
  • EOS annual dues: $7.00
  • State Chapter dues: up to $18.00
  • Student registration cost for the 2021 meeting: $100.00

Please note that registration costs for the Baltimore meeting have not been posted yet and the $150 will be adjusted to reflect the student registration cost when it is finalized. In addition to the $150.00 base award, the EOS Committee will award an additional $125 to cover any Continuing Education course/workshop that you may be interested in. Awards for virtual attendance will be sent to applicants as money orders before the annual meeting to support the costs of registration and dues.

How to apply

To apply, students must complete Part I of the online application. Student faculty advisors must complete Part II of the online application. Part I and Part II of the online application must be completed and submitted by May 28, 2021 to be considered.

The EOS encourages applications from students who have not attended AFS meetings in the past. If desired by the student, the EOS Ex-Com will designate a meeting contact to ensure first time attendees always have a familiar face at the Annual Meeting. There are wonderful networking opportunities, technical sessions, continuing education, trade show displays, and career/job/graduate school opportunities at the meeting. We can also assist students with finding additional travel support, if needed. We look forward to hearing from you!

Please complete the online award nomination form below:


Questions? Contact: Chair and EOS Treasurer: Kristie Coffman
email: [email protected]

Deadline: May 28, 2021

We are pleased to announce our 2020 EOS Virtual Meeting Travel Awardees. Congratulations!

Kristina Pechacek

Anna Perruzza

Caroline Troy

Kaylyn Zipp


2018 EOS Travel Award Recipients
2017 EOS Travel Award Recipients
2015 EOS Travel Award Recipients
2014 EOS Travel Award Recipients