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Announcing the 2018 Wilford Gardner IUSS Congress Fellowship Program

The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) and the U.S. National Committee for Soil Science (USNC/SS), a committee of the National Academy of Sciences which represents all U.S. soil scientists to the International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS), announces the Wilford Gardner IUSS Congress Fellowship Program. This program is intended for graduate students and postdoctoral researchers at U.S. institutions who are attending the 20th World Congress of Soil Science (WCSS) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 12-17, 2018.  The website of the WCSS is The fellowship program is named in honor of the USNC/SS's founding chair and SSSA past-president, Wilford R. Gardner.


Applicants must be first authors of a paper to be presented at the congress (oral or poster) in any area of soil science and related fields, and U.S. citizens or permanent residents enrolled at a U.S. institution. Each fellowship provided under this program will cover up to $1,500 of the costs of the awardee’s participation in the WCSS.


To apply for a fellowship, applicants are requested to submit the following: name, department and university affiliation, title and authors of the paper to be presented at the WCSS, outline of financial plan for attending the meeting (including other sources of funding available to cover the costs), GPA (if applicable), and a one page CV.  The application materials should be submitted electronically as a single PDF file to Ester Sztein ( Only complete applications submitted as a single PDF file will be considered for funding.




WCSS abstract submission deadline is January 20, 2018. Abstracts need to be submitted to the Congress by this date in order to apply for the Gardner Fellowship program.


The deadline for applications to this Fellowship program is March 5, 2018, and decisions will be communicated to all applicants by April 6, 2018. Confirmation of the acceptance of your abstract will need to be submitted to us as soon as you receive it.





European Society of Nematology

Scholarships/Bursaries for overseas early career nematologists

The ESN is delighted to announce that scholarships (bursaries) of 800€ each are available, on a competitive basis, to early career nematologists from overseas societies to assist in their attending to the 33rd International Symposium of Nematology in Ghent, Belgium (9-13 September 2018)

Criteria for application:

·         Applicants should also be a member of the ESN at the time of application and still be a member at the time of the congress/symposium (*).

·         Applicants should have defended their PhD within the last 6 years at the time of their application

·         Bursar recipients are expected to present an oral presentation at the congress/symposium


An application form is available here. The completed form should be submitted to the Secretary (E. Grenier - before 15th March 2018.


The ESN Governing Board will select the successful scholars/bursars on the basis of the scientific impact of the research findings and their novelty.

(*) Please visit our website to join on-line. Memberships only costs 20 € / year.