In the UK, a number of scientific associations like the Royal Society of Biology or the Institute of Physics offer competitive travel grants to PhD students and early-career researchers. They are typically small in value, around £500. Nevertheless, it is funding that I have independently obtained, and I would like to include such travel grants on my CV for postdoc applications.

What is a good way to include such funding on a CV? I'm not sure if putting them under "grants" is the best approach because that's usually for research funding. Also, should I list all such small awards separately or, if I have several of them, just state that I obtained a number of travel grants totalling £XXX from organisations YYY and ZZZ?

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    At this point in your career, I would include them, especially if you have nothing else. They show you've done some successful grants. Commented Dec 12, 2020 at 21:24
  • Is it a competitive process? Or pro forma? Commented Dec 13, 2020 at 4:07
  • @AzorAhai-him- They are competitive grants indeed, which is one of the reasons why I think it's worth to highlight the funding in some way at least.
    – J. P.
    Commented Dec 13, 2020 at 6:31
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    I had a similar thing. If you can find the award rate, and it's low, you can add that Commented Dec 13, 2020 at 6:39

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I suggest placing travel funding under the "Awards" heading, because they are funding for your travel expenses and not your research. Funding for research I would call "Grants."

However, there are many reasonable ways to do it. People are not much interested in small amounts of travel funding.

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