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Texas A&M Health Postdoctoral Awards

About the Texas A&M Health Postdoctoral Awards

The Texas A&M Health Postdoctoral Association (PDA) offers two types of awards per semester - the Travel Award and the Professional Development Award.

The Postdoctoral Award is a $500, merit-based award that supports tavel to conferences and meetings for the purpose of the postdoc presenting their research. It is offered to up to two postdoctoral trainees per semester. The PDA Executive Committee (with the exception of the members applying for the award) and at least 2 faculty mentors will judge applications.

The Postdoctoral Professional Development Award is a $500, merit-based award that supports profesional and career development, including certifications, courses, trainings, career seminars, etc. The award will not support research equipment or scientific organization memberships.


The award application is open twice per year - November to December and April to May. All announcements are made via the Postdoctoral Affairs email listserv. If you feel that you have been left off the listserv, contact


  1. Must have a postdoctoral appointment at Texas A&M Health Science Center
  2. Must attend two PDA seminars or events during the previous semester. First semester postdocs are ineligible to apply.
  3. Postdocs are limited to one award type (travel or professional development) every two years.

Required Application Supplements

Travel award:
  1. Completed application
  2. Budget
  3. Abstract
  4. Current CV
  5. Letter of merit and support from faculty mentor/departmental advisor (PI should also specify that any expenses over $500 travel award will be covered)

Professional development award:

  1. Completed application
  2. Current CV
  3. Description of research goals and how award funds will be used

Evaluation Criteria

  1. Need to display career and professional development:
    a) PDA Involvement
         i) Must attend 2 meetings, seminars, or events per semester previous to award
  2. Scientific merit:
    a) Merit will be judged by the proposed or submitted meeting abstract. Abstract submission, verification, and receipt of conference attendance are required to claim award
    b) Submitted CV, merit of individual, research background, publications, grant awards, honors, etc. will be considered when selecting award recipients
    c) Applicant must be presenting author on conference abstract. Conference theme must be relevant to applicant's research

  3. Need: Applicant's history of conference participation and previously awarded funding will be considered