Awards and stipends

Travel stipends

The European Society of Evolutionary Biology (ESEB) and the Society for the Sudy of Evolution (SSE) both sponsor travel stipends for students and young scientists to attend the ESEB congress. The stipend will contribute to covering travel, living expenses and congress registration fees. The stipend will be paid out as a reimbursement after the congress, based on specification of the expenses. Beside these stipends, Swiss is offering several European flights that will be distributed by the ESEB as part of the travel stipends offer. Follow the “how to apply” section below to participate.

If you do not get the stipend or are not eligible, you should consider using Swiss, which is the official carrier for the conference. They offer 10% discount on flights for the conference. You will receive a code with the confirmation of your registration. Just click on the image below to start the booking process with the discount:



  • Applicants must be members of ESEB or SSE respectively (in order to become a member of ESEB, see here; and a member of SSE, see here)
  • Applications can be submitted by scientists at various stages of their professional career (e.g., Masters and PhD students, postdocs, and lecturers).
  • Scientists working in a country with high GDP are not eligible (for the list of excluded countries see below).
  • People who received an ESEB or SSE travel stipend in the last five years are not eligible.
  • Applicants must submit to present either an oral communication or a poster to be eligible for the stipend. This will be verified before the reimbursement, but no proof that a poster or talk is accepted is necessary at the application stage.

Members professionally based in the following countries are not eligible for the travel stipend: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States of America.

How to apply

For ESEB travel stipends, please follow the following guidelines (taken from the ESEB web page. Go to the “Travel stipend” link on the left part of the ESEB web page):

Send your application by email to the ESEB Travel Bursary Committee, c/o Dr. Martijn Egas (egas [at] The application should be no more than 2 pages long and include:

  • Name of the applicant;
  • Budget, including sources of additional support;
  • An explanation of how attendance to the meeting will further the attendant’s professional goals;
  • and a CV.

Please submit the application as a single PDF-file. A support letter from the applicant advisor/mentor/senior colleague is also required. Support letters should be sent to the same email address (egas [at] by the applicant’s mentor.

Deadline: 28 February 2015 24:00 GMT.

For SSE travel stipends, please follow the guidelines available on the SSE web site.

John Maynard Smith awards

Two JMS prizes will be awarded by the ESEB during the Conference.

The 2014 laureate is Laurie Stevison.

The 2015 laureate is Matthew Hartfield.

Best poster prizes

There will be four ‘best-poster prizes’, two per session. Candidate posters will be evaluated by members from the scientific committee on Tuesday morning (Session A) and Friday morning (Session B), and prizes delivered during the closing ceremony.

Stearns Graduate Student Prize

The Journal of Evolutionary Biology & the European Society for Evolutionary Biology are delighted to announce that the winner of the inaugural 2014 graduate student prize for a paper published in JEB is Ellie Harrison, for her paper Sex drives intracellular conflict in yeast. This paper arose from her PhD studies at Imperial College, London, with Austin Burt, Craig MacLean and Vasso Koufopanou. Ellie will formally receive the award at the 2015 congress in Lausanne.