Funding is available from the Acoustical Society of America through a program of fellowships, scholarships, prizes, grants, and student and young professional awards. Links to further information can be found on the Funding Resources navigation in the left sidebar below.
There are also funding opportunities that are offered in connection with meetings of the Society including Student Travel Grants, Best Paper Awards for Students and Young Presenters, Young Investigator Travel Grants and Dependent Care Subsidies.
The Committee on International Research and Education oversees the International Student Grants program as well as sponsorship of Specialty Symposia in Acoustics.
Support related to reimbursement of ASA meeting travel expenses can only be provided by one ASA program. If you are named to receive ASA support from more than one program, only the highest-amount from one program will be awarded.
Student Transportation Subsidy for Meetings
A student transportation subsidies fund has been established to provide limited funds to students to partially defray transportation expenses to meetings. Students presenting papers who propose to travel in groups using economical ground transportation will be given first priority to receive subsidies, although these conditions are not mandatory. No reimbursement is intended for the cost of food or housing. The amount granted each student depends on the number of requests received and estimated cost of transportation. The deadline for submission of proposals is five weeks before each meeting. To apply for a subsidy, see the application instructions in the Call for Papers for the next meeting.
Young Investigator Travel Grant
The Committee on Women in Acoustics (WIA) sponsors a Young Investigator Travel Grants to help with travel costs associated with presenting a paper at a meeting. Young professionals who have completed their doctorate in the past five years are eligible to apply if they plan to present a paper at the next meeting, are not currently students, and have not previously received the award. Awards will be presented by check at the WIA luncheon at the meeting. Both men and women may apply. Applicants should submit a request for support, a copy of the abstract for their presentation at the meeting, and a current resume/vita which includes information on their involvement in the field of acoustics and in the ASA. Submission deadline is usually nine weeks before each meeting. To submit an application, see the Call for Papers for the next meeting.
Dependent Care Subsidies
The Committee on Women in Acoustics (WIA) sponsors Dependent Care Subsidies to help with dependent care costs associated with attending ASA meetings. Meeting attendees are eligible to apply if they plan to present a paper at a meeting or hold a leadership position in ASA. Each subsidy will be of the order of $500 with four awards anticipated. Both men and women may apply. Applicants should submit paragraph describing how the funds would assist their dependent care expenses, a copy of the abstract for their presentation at the meeting and/or a paragraph describing their leadership position in ASA. To submit an application, see the Call for Papers for the next meeting.
Best Paper Awards for Students and Early Career Presenters
The ASA Technical Committees on Acoustical Oceanography, Animal Bioacoustics, Architectural Acoustics, Biomedical Acoustics (Spring meeting only), Engineering Acoustics, Musical Acoustics, Noise, Physical Acoustics, Signal Processing in Acoustics, Speech Communication, Structural Acoustics and Vibration, and Underwater Acoustics offer Best Paper Awards to students or early career presenters who present papers at Society meetings. Authors need not be members of ASA to qualify. If you want your paper to be considered for an award, you must indicate this when you submit your abstract. Please read the entry qualifications to be sure that you are eligible and follow the instructions for entering the individual Technical Committee competitions that appear below. Entry qualifications can be found in the call for papers for the next meeting.
POMA Student Paper Competition
The Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics (POMA) holds a series of society-wide student paper competitions for a POMA submission based on a presentation or poster from ASA meetings. Up to five student papers will receive an award of USD $300 and certificate. Additionally, the student paper winners will be noted on the POMA cover page and their article will be promoted in email and social media campaigns. If you want your paper to be considered for an award, you must submit it by the competition deadline, which is 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time, 30 days after the meeting. Please read the entry qualifications to be sure that you are eligible and follow the instructions for submitting. Entry qualifications can be found on the meeting announcement and call for papers page for the current meeting.
Committee on International Research and Education Grants
The Acoustical Society of America (ASA) Committee on International Research and Education (CIRE) traces its beginning to 1992 when the Ad Hoc Committee to Study ASA-Eastern Europe Cooperation was appointed with the purpose to assist acousticians in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union to survive the severe economic and political changes then under way. Other ASA committees were appointed over the years with similar purposes culminating in the establishment of the CIRE in 2006.
The CIRE mission is to seek ways to enhance the role of the Acoustical Society of America in international research and education in acoustics. CIRE’s emphasis is on developing countries. Visit the CIRE history webpage for additional information about ASA’s efforts to support this goal.
The CIRE supports the following initiatives
- International Student Grants
- Specialty Symposia in Acoustics Funding
- ICA-ASA Young Scientist Conference Attendance Grants
International Student Grants
The ASA provides grants annually to students enrolled in acoustic research programs at universities or technical institutes in developing countries.
Preference will be given to individuals from developing countries in this list. Applications will be considered during the fall meeting of the CIRE and the awards will be made in the following year. Student Grant recipients from prior years are not eligible to apply again (i.e. an individual may only ever receive one award.)
How to apply:
Deadline for submission of applications is
Submit a completed application form by email to the ASA at firstname.lastname@example.org. Use version 11 of Adobe Reader or Adobe Pro in order for all features of the form to work correctly. Applicants are asked to assist ASA in testing a new application submission procedure. In addition to submitting your application in a pdf file, please submit the same information into the CIRE Grant Submission Form. Your assistance to improve the submission process is very much appreciated.
Specialty Symposia in Acoustics Funding
ASA has joined with the International Commission for Acoustics (ICA) to provide funding for Specialty Symposia in Acoustics in developing countries. Sponsored conferences are normally limited to a specialized topic with an expected attendance of about 100. Support for regional or national conferences, especially in developing regions, will be considered as long as the conference has an international character.
Financial support of approximately $2000 USD is provided to partially cover travel expenses for Distinguished Speakers, Young Scientists, and especially for Scientists from Developing Countries.
How to apply:
Visit the ICA Symposia Sponsorship website for additional information and an application form. Completed applications should be submitted by email to the ICA Secretary General at ICASecGen@icacommission.org.
Application Deadline: 31 October of the year before the symposium will be held.
ICA-ASA Young Scientist Conference Attendance Grants
The Board of the International Commission for Acoustics (ICA) with the support of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA) has established the ICA-ASA Young Scientist Conference Attendance Grants (YS Grants) Programme to help young acousticians attend International Congresses on Acoustics.
Each grant is currently up to 500 EUR from which a portion will be used to cover the congress registration fee and the remainder provided at the time of the congress. Candidates must be under 35 years of age on the day of the opening ceremony of the congress and may be either undergraduate or postgraduate students, postdoctoral or early career acousticians. Special attention will be given to applicants from developing countries.
How to Apply:
Visit the ICA webpage for an Application Form.
Application Deadline: The application deadline is typically about six months prior to the next congress. Visit the ICA webpage for additional details.
Technical Committee on Acoustical Oceanography Student Travel Grant
Download application for fall 2024 award – Application Deadline: 8 March 2024
The Acoustical Society of America (ASA) announces the availability of a travel grant for students studying topics related to acoustical oceanography to attend meetings of the Acoustical Society of America. Applicants must be full-time students pursuing Master’s or Ph.D. degrees who are members of the Acoustical Society of America and who will be students at the time of the meeting for which the grant is provided. Students must be studying a topic covered by the scope of the Technical Committee on Acoustical Oceanography. One grant will be awarded for each ASA meeting.