Caregiver Grant

Fall Meeting Caregiver Grant

Caregiver Grants

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Early Career Committee

The AGU Biogeosciences Caregiver Grants, made on behalf of the Early Career Committee, are reserved for applicants who are the primary caregiver for a dependent, have financial need, and who may otherwise not have the opportunity to attend the meeting without extra support. 

Applications due by September 15th, 2024 at 11:59 pm ET.

Recipients attending Fall Meeting (in-person or virtually)

This award is open to all virtual and in-person attendees with caregiving responsibilities. A grant of $500 USD will be disbursed to assist with caregiving costs associated with attending Fall Meeting. Eligible expenses include, but are not limited to, travel for caregiving partners, children, and/or other caregivers, special housing accommodations, dependent care including tutoring, daycare, etc. In-person attendees are encouraged to participate in the Biogeosciences Section-wide events at the Fall Meeting.

Application Instructions

To apply, fill out an application form by following the link below. The application includes contact information, your abstract information, and a budget for how the funds will be used. 


Criteria and Requirements

Qualified applicants will be reviewed based on the following criteria:

  1. Are a current AGU member or will be an AGU member before receipt of the Award
  2. Have submitted a Fall Meeting abstract (must include abstract reference number in the application)
  3. Be the presenting author at the Fall Meeting
  4. Have caregiving responsibilities that make attending AGU Fall Meeting additionally financially burdensome
  5. Demonstrate active involvement and contributions to the Fall Meeting program
  6. Career stage, with preference to early career members (<10 years from receiving terminal degree). Note that AGU also hosts a travel grant program for students.


Case Example 1.

Grant Recipient A has a child and would like to attend the Fall Meeting in person but does not have regular childcare. Using this grant would allow them to hire childcare or pay for their partner to travel with them to care for the child during the meeting. 

Case Example 2.

Grant Recipient B has a live-in parent with limited mobility who needs their support. They cannot travel and need to hire extra caregiver help at home to be able to attend sessions and the meeting remotely.