GSSI-ACSM Young Scholar Travel Award

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2021 GSSI-ACSM Young Scholar Professional Development Award

Deadline: April 5, 2021, 5:00 PM EST

Amount: $1,000.00


To support attendance at ACSM's 68th Annual Meeting and additional professional development by students in the fields of sports nutrition or exercise physiology.


Two awards of $1,000 USD each and complimentary registration to ACSM’s 68th Annual Meeting June 1-5, 2021 will be offered. Winners will also have the opportunity to meet with a GSSI scientist to discuss research interests and career advice. GSSI and ACSM are committed to supporting diversity and female representation in sports science and nutrition. At least one of the two awards will be given to a female and/or diverse (as defined by NIH) candidate. NIH definitions of underrepresented populations can be found at  


  1. Eligible students will be enrolled in an undergraduate or masters program in sports nutrition or exercise physiology. Recipient(s) of 2020 GSSI-ACSM Young Scholar Travel Award will not be eligible for selection in 2021.

  2. Students must be ACSM members and registered for the 2021 Annual Meeting. ACSM will confirm candidate’s ACSM membership and Annual Meeting registration prior to review and determination of winners. Upon selection for award, recipient will be required to submit proof of citizenship (copy of passport or other valid ID).

  3. A one-page Summary of Scholarly Work should be submitted which includes evidence of authorship.

  4. Students must be in good academic standing with a 3.0 GPA or higher.

  5. Interested candidates will apply to ACSM with their transcript from the most recent semester, or other verification of GPA.

  6. Applicant will submit a written statement detailing their professional goals and describing how a professional development award will help them meet their future career in exercise physiology and/or sports nutrition (300 word limit). Evaluation of the written statement will be based on clearly defined goals related to the field of exercise physiology and/or sports nutrition and demonstration of how receiving a professional development grant will help further his/her studies and/or professional development. The statement must also incorporate what they’ve learned about the research process or how it has impacted their academic career thus far.

2021 Young Scholar Professional Development Award Application

Please contact the ACSM Foundation with questions regarding this grant.