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Travel Award Application

The AFS California-Nevada Chapter (Cal-Neva) Annual Travel Award provides monetary awards for deserving student or young professional applicants to support their attendance of conferences, annual meetings, or workshops.  For 2024, this award will support travel and/or registration for the 2024 Cal Neva Meeting, April 9-11 in Redding, CA.

Any member of the AFS who is active in fisheries, environmental sciences and management, or related aquatic disciplines is eligible to apply.  The Cal-Neva Executive Committee members will select up to 2 awardees.  Selection is based on academic qualifications, professional service, and reasons for attending the event.  Criteria for selection will give preference to applicants who are students or early professionals (5 or less years in their profession), who are AFS members of good standing, who are presenting their research or attending trainings essential to their development, and who establish financial need. Attendance support of up to $500.00 will be made available for up to 2 successful applicants for 2024.

Both part I (professional form) and part II (employer form) of the completed application must be received no later than February 27, 2024 at 5:00pm PST.  Note that part I and II of the application are separate documents.  The applicant fills out Part I of the application. Part II of the should be completed by the applicant’s academic advisor or employer. Limit all answers to the space provided.  Additional material will not be considered in evaluating applicants. Please complete the forms and email as an attachment to [email protected].

For questions and/or additional information, contact Shawn Acuña at (310) 938-7966 or via email at [email protected].


Congrats to Abigail Ward and Lily Olmo as awardees for the 2023 Small Grants Award!

The Cal-Neva Chapter of AFS has created a ‘Small Grants Program’ to provide funding to fisheries-related projects in California and Nevada.  Our goal is to fund at least two grants, for a total of $3,000 across all grants.  This money can be used to get a project started or to supplement funding from other sources.

The 2023 application period is closed. The next Small Project Grants will be available in 2024.

For questions and/or additional information, contact Shawn Acuña at (310) 938-7966 or via email at [email protected].


AFS Cal-Neva Donations and Sponsorships for Special Projects and Events. The AFS Cal-Neva Chapter may donate funds toward special projects, and contribute funds toward special events. Such projects and events must be aligned with the Cal-Neva Chapter mission, and may include meetings, workshops, and projects. All sponsorships and donations must be approved by the AFS Cal-Neva Executive Committee prior to their being awarded. Executive Committee Meetings are usually held on a monthly basis. Therefore, it is recommended that any request for sponsorship or contributions be submitted at least 2 months prior to the event to allow adequate time for approval and dispersal of funds. For further information, please see the Request for Donations or Sponsorship Form Request for Cal-Neva Donations or Sponsorship_2023.