The National Speleological Society's International Cooperation Fund has graciously provided some funding to assist international cavers join us at the 75th Anniversary Convention in the United States. These grants will be available to support attendance at the 2016 NSS convention in Ely Nevada.
Review of written applications will be made by a committee consisting of the International Exploration Session Chair (Cyndie Walck) and Joel Despain for the 2016 convention.
Funding is very limited and will range between $150 and $650 dollars. Funding may be used for USA Visa applications, registration or in-country expenses.
Preference will be given to applicants who meet the following criteria:
Financial need: Participants from countries whose economies are less developed and the cost of attending would thus be unachievable for the participant.
Mutual benefit: The degree to which the project would be beneficial to both the NSS and foreign speleology.
Durable linkages: The potential creation of continuing channels for the exchange of speleological information and technique between the NSS and speleology in the participant's country.
Participants who are presenting at the NSS convention.
Please follow the outline below to apply for a grant available under the International Participation Program of the National Speleological Society.
Provide the following information (as applicable) via email, fax or mail:
Name, address and telephone number of the principal applicant.
Speleological affiliation, position and qualifications of applicant.
Describe how the participant meets each of the criteria listed above (1-4).
Does applicant agree to submit brief written report on the visit to International Secretary within 6 months of awarding of grant by NSS.
Date the completed application.
Send the completed application by May 1, 2016 to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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