CAGT Travel Award

Request for Applications (RFA)

Background and Overview:

The CAGT Travel Award is offered by Duke University’s Center for Advanced Genomic Technologies (CAGT) and is for current trainees, including graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, who seek an opportunity to extend the scope and impact of their research by attending a conference between Fall 2024- Fall 2025.

Conferences and related events are important for several reasons including: professional development, networking opportunities, staying current with research advancements, and collaborative potential. Through this funding award, the CAGT aims to invest in its trainees' professional growth and knowledge base.

Awardees will receive financial support to attend a meeting of their choice. Maximum amount of $2,000 USD.


To be eligible for the award the applicant must:

  • Be a current Duke University graduate student or postdoctoral fellow working in genetics, genomics, or related areas
  • Have a Duke PI/mentor that supports travel to the meeting/conference
  • Have demonstrated a commitment to biomedical science research in relevant areas, such as genetics, genomics, gene editing, and gene therapy.
  • Submit a proposal detailing their chosen conference, and anticipated expenses.
  • Underrepresented minorities, women, and individuals with disabilities are particularly encouraged to apply.

Award Information:

  • Planning & travel logistics of the trip will be the responsibility of the awardee
  • CAGT funds must be used towards the awardee's flights, transportation, lodging, and conference expenses.
  • Deadline to Apply: August 1, 2024
  • Notice of Award: August 15, 2024
  • Funds Expire: December 1, 2025
  • Awardees will participate in a CAGT works-in-progress seminar following their travel, and share with the broader CAGT community what they learned and how it will enhance research at Duke.

Application Process:

Each application package must include the following materials:

  • Letter of Intent with a justification for traveling to this conference and providing a clear description of what they seek to gain from it. Include conference location, dates, etc.
  • Current CV/Resume
  • Budget & Justification (1 pg) with a breakdown of proposed expenses. Things to consider are flights, transportation, lodging, food, etc.
  • Letter of Support from their current Duke PI, including a description of commitment from the collaborator and how this will impact research at Duke.

Submission Instructions:

Compile all application materials into 1 PDF file, and email them to Michael Humphreys with the subject "CAGT Travel Award Application."

Evaluation Criteria:

Applications will be evaluated on several factors, including the impact of the event on the training of the student/fellow, the relevance of the conference/activity to CAGT goals and objectives, and the feasibility of the travel.


Deadline to Apply: August 1, 2024

Notice of Award: September 1, 2024

Funds Expire: December 1, 2025

Contact Information:

For questions, contact Michael Humphreys