Walter J. Bock Travel Fellowship

Available for Qualified Ornithologists

Limited travel funds are available to qualified established ornithologists to attend International Ornithological Congresses. Up to $1000 may be claimed for  reimbursement that goes specifically toward air transportation and hotel lodging only;  there are no geographic restrictions for  Travel Fellowship consideration.

Qualifications include:

  • Be an established ornithologist (i.e., beyond the stage of post-doc or 5 years after the PhD). Applicants from low-income countries and applicants without an academic position are encouraged to apply.

  • Provide detailed application materials as outlined below no later than 3 months before an IOCongress®.

  • Must be a member of the International Ornithologists’ Union – see to join.

  • Fellowship recipients must be registered to attend an IOCongress®, preferably with a submitted abstract.

  • Multiple requests from the same individual for the same conference will not be considered.


Application Materials Include: 

Please submit the following information in one succinct email (e.g., all below materials sent in the same email – including your letters of recommendation). Adress will be announced at the appropriate time. Make the subject line of your email read “Application to Walter J. Bock Travel Fellowship.”

  1. Full name, mailing address, phone/email, country of current residency and educational degree obtained.

  2. Full CV (resume) which includes a detailed list of published works and other contributions to ornithology.

  3. A self-written letter stating the current research within the field of ornithology and a brief description of the professional benefit anticipated from attending an IOCongress® by receiving the Walter J. Bock Travel Fellowship.

  1. A cost estimate of the travel/lodging expenses to participate an IOCongress®.

  2. Proof of registration to attend an IOCongress® and membership in the IOU (registration & membership receipts are all that is needed). Verification of your abstract acceptance is also desired.


Selection and Announcement Process:

  • A selection committee will review applications.

  • The selection committee will contact the successful applicant. The applicant will be responsible for his or her own travel arrangements and for participating in the IOCongress®.


Funds Reimbursement Process:

  • Reimbursement of up to $1000 will be sent by bank wire transfer after attending an IOCongress® and upon receipt of itemized travel and lodging receipts.

  • The reimbursement will only cover transportation and lodging expenses. No other expenses will be covered (e.g., registration/membership fees, paying for Visas/Passports, baggage charges, meals outside the Congress provided meal functions); no more than six (6) nights lodging will be covered and must be consistent with the dates of the Congress.