Travel Grants

These grants assist with travel to and expenses associated with IBA Conferences. They are designed to help increase worldwide participation by those working in bear conservation and research. The amount of money available for such grants varies greatly from one conference to another. Check at Conference and Meeting Announcements for information about the specific conference you are concerned with.

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When applying for a travel grant

Many of our members have now received acceptance letters from the Slovenia conference organizers for their abstract to present either an oral or poster presentation at the upcoming conference in September. And now, the next step for some members is applying for travel grants either directly through the conference or with IBA. If you are considering applying for a travel grant please read the following information to see if you qualify.

The conference organizers are providing travel grants for applicants from Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Albania, Kosovo, and Greece. If you submitted an abstract and are from one of these countries, when your abstract was submitted you were given the option of being considered for a travel grant directly from the conference. The conference organizers have sent out letters of acceptance and denial for travel grants to individuals who asked to be considered for these travel grants.

Applicants from North America, South America, Asia and Europe (other than the countries above) should apply here for an IBA Council travel grant. Please note that funds available from IBA Council to support travel grants are extremely limited. Therefore, you are advised to seek funding from other sources as most applicants will be unsuccessful. Be sure to indicate on your application what other funds you have secured or applied for. Preference will be given to those who have not received a travel grant in the past. The maximum award will be $1,000.00 USD but, awards will typically be less than this amount. If you are selected to receive a travel grant, your IBA membership MUST be current. If it is not current you can either renew online prior to September 1, 2018 or have the membership dues deducted from your travel grant award. You must inform both the Secretary and Treasurer of how you wish to pay for your membership if it is not current. Travel grants will NOT be awarded prior to the conference. Attendance at the conference must be confirmed before funds are disbursed.

The application period is open now and will close on 15 June 2018 at 23:59 UTC. Applicants will be notified by 30th June 2018 and early registration for the conference closes on 10th July, 2018. If you have questions about the application process, you can contact the IBA Travel Grant Chair (Marty Obbard) at:

Have general questions?  Contact the IBA Director of Transition