5-1. Financial Assistance Award by the IFPS

The IFPS has agreed to support student participation at the upcoming XIII IPC to be held in Tokyo, Japan in August 2012. Funding will be awarded to Masters and Ph.D. students presenting palynological results at IPC XIII (oral or poster). The IFPS board will review and evaluate all applications according to the quality of the submitted abstracts and the scientific merits of the candidates. Thus IFPS intends to sponsor approximately 20 students with a $500 (US dollars) contribution towards the cost of attending the conference.

Students wishing to apply should e-mail (preferably as a pdf) a covering letter (no more than one page), a Short-CV (maximum one page) along with their talk/poster abstract to Charles Wellman (IFPS Secretary-Treasurer: c.wellman@sheffield.ac.uk ). The covering letter should briefly explain which IFPS affiliated organisation the student is a member of, other sources of funding for conference attendance (secured or being sought), and why the additional funding is necessary. Awards will be presented at the conference. Applications should arrive before 31st March 2012.