Cultural Diversity Travel Award

The Alaska Chapter of the American Fisheries Society is pleased to announce the availability of a monetary award to cover travel expenses for an Alaska Native or other minority/under-represented person to attend the 2020 Alaska Chapter AFS Meeting.

Applicants must meet the following requirements:
• Be an Alaskan Native or under-represented minority (in terms of race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic background) in a field of fisheries science or a related
• Be in an entry level/ early career position or undergraduate or graduate student, defined as one or more of the following:
1) Fisheries Biologist I, Fish and Wildlife Technician II or III, or equivalent natural resource position in the State of Alaska employment system,
2) GS-7 or lower level position in the U.S. government employment system,
3) Have an entry-level fisheries or related science position in a public, private, or non-governmental organization, and/or
4) Be a university level student in good standing in the field of fisheries or related discipline. If undeclared, student must show interest in pursuing fisheries or a related field.

Applicants will be evaluated on their professional, educational, and/or volunteer experiences and interest in fisheries or related field(s), interest in professional advancement, reason(s) for attending the conference, references, and financial need. Preference will be given to the overall best application package from individuals with the following qualifications (not required to apply):
1. Demonstrated commitment to the field of fisheries or related discipline, and/or clear intention to pursue a career in fisheries or related discipline;
2. Demonstrated need for monetary assistance to attend this conference; and
3. Proof of intent to present at the conference.

Please note that the award includes a one-year membership to the Alaska Chapter of the American Fisheries Society and may cover registration, lodging, and transportation costs. Partial awards are sometimes available, depending on funding.

The following additional opportunities for networking will be available and are optional for the recipient of the award: The award recipient will be introduced during the conference. The recipient will also be expected to write a brief statement about their experience at the conference, which will be submitted for publication in the summer issue of the AK Chapter newsletter, Oncorhynchus.


Completed applications are due by 5pm Alaska Standard Time on February 24, 2020.  Successful applicants will be notified by February 28th.


Please fill out and submit the Application to Sara Gilk-Baumer (
Sara Gilk-Baumer
Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game
333 Raspberry Rd
Anchorage, AK 99518