RNA Society
Research Presentation Fellowship Program

The RNA Society Research Presentation Fellowship Program aims to increase inclusion and participation at our annual meeting and provides meeting registration waivers for researchers who would otherwise be unable to attend RNA 2023 due to financial considerations.

RNA Society Research Presentation Fellowships are available to current RNA Society members presenting either an oral or poster presentation at RNA 2023 (as first or senior author). To renew your RNA Society membership or to become a first-time member, click here). Applications will be assessed based on career stage, financial need and expected total meeting costs; the Fellowship Selection Committee may prioritize awards according to geographical location to offset travel-associated expenses and/or to encourage participation of underrepresented scientists. Please note that submission of an application does not guarantee funding and only one Fellowship will be awarded per research group/lab.  Applicants who received support through this program in RNA 2022 are encouraged to apply although new applicants may be prioritized.

Applications require:

  • a brief Statement of Benefit (250 words or less) describing your career stage and how attending the 2023 RNA Society Annual Meeting will benefit your training and/or career goals.
  • your scientific abstract for oral or poster presentation (indicating applicant as first or senior author). Note, abstracts submitted for consideration will not be automatically entered into the conference registration portal – you will be required to re-submit your abstract at the time of meeting registration in order to be included in the meeting program).
  • Letter of Recommendation from your current research advisor (for Undergraduate, Graduate Student or Post-doctoral Fellows) addressing the scientific merit of the applicant’s research and justification for financial assistance to attend RNA 2023 (letter must be 1 page or less, on institution letterhead and include the advisor’s signature).
  • Abbreviated Curriculum Vitae of the applicant (maximum 2 pages).

Applications for RNA Society Research Presentation Fellowships must be submitted by February 18th, 2023 in order to be evaluated and awarded prior to the RNA 2023 oral abstract submission deadline of March 3rd, 2023. Successful applicants will be notified by e-mail by February 28th, 2023. Additional applications will be accepted up until March 5th, 2023 and will be considered if allocated funds remain available; applicants will be notified by March 14th, 2023, ahead of the poster abstract submission deadline of March 31st, 2023.

Upon notification, RNA Society Research Fellowship winners will receive complimentary registration for RNA 2023 in the form of a registration waiver code to be used at time of meeting registration. We ask applicants to wait for the notification of award decisions before completing registration (to prevent the need to refund payment of registration fees).


You will not receive a confirming email when the application is submitted. A screen message “Thank you for your message. It has been sent.” indicates a successful submission.