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Trainee Scholarships


Application Deadline: October 2, 2019

AUCD is pleased to announce the availability of two types of trainee scholarships up to $500 eachPhoto of a young woman in a white blazer smiling and speaking to an older man in a checked shirt. Caption to the right says  to support trainees' attendance to the AUCD 2019 Conference:

  • 11 trainee travel scholarships
  • 4 trainee volunteer scholarships

Scholarships are available to (a) current trainees and (b) former trainees presenting work conducted while a trainee and completed their traineeship no earlier than December 2018. Priority will be given to those who have not attended the Conference before. The AUCD Conference is an amazing learning and networking opportunity!

Trainees may apply their $500 scholarship to support their attendance to the AUCD Conference, including hotel, air or comparable travel, or other expenses (excluding registration). Please note that awarded trainees (or their Program/Center) are expected to pay all costs associated with their attendance at the conference upfront in their entirety. 

Trainee Travel Scholarships (11 available)

Those who receive Trainee Travel Scholarships are required to engage in activities that align with AUCD's Strategic Map.


AUCD Strategic Map

You can also find more information on AUCD's Strategic Map on AUCD's website.


Applicants can choose their preference of which strategic priority they'd like to be engaged in, but it is not guaranteed. Each priority area will have opportunities for trainees to participate in-person and after the conference in different activities. Please look at the online agenda to check when each meeting session is happening to plan travels accordingly. You will be expected to attend all required sessions listed.

Advance Policies and Practices that Improve Lives

During the AUCD Conference:

  • Policy Committee Meeting
  • Council on Leadership in Advocacy (COLA)
  • Leading Change Sessions (pick 1): Rural America or Managed Care
  • Volunteer responsibilities during Wednesday's plenary on Capitol Hill
After the Conference:
  • Write reflections from all sessions
  • Submit a blog post for AUD Policy Talk

Conduct and Apply Research and Share Knowledge

During the AUCD Conference:

  • Council on Research and Evaluation (CORE) (notetaking)
  • Leading Change Session: Disability Rights, Ethics and Genetics: Generating Conversation for Policy and Practice
  • Early Childhood Special Interest Group (notetaking)

After the Conference:

  • Provide feedback on Research Round Up initiatives

Model Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

During the AUCD Conference:

  • Diversity Fellowship Poster Symposia
  • Multicultral Council Meeting (MCC)
  • Leading Change Sesson: Managed Care
After the Conference:

Grow Diverse and Skilled Leaders

During the AUCD Conference:

  • Trainee Networking Session
  • Trainee Focus Group
  • Trainee-Professional Networking Breakfast
  • National Training Directors Council (NTDC)
After the Conference:
  • Provide feedback on the AUCD Emerging Leaders Community Website
  • Focus group call on leadership opportunities

More confirmed details about specific expectations will be provided upon receipt of the scholarship. Note that submission of required items after the 30-day window (December 20, 2019) may result in zero payment. 

Volunteer Scholarships (4 available)

Volunteering at the AUCD Conference is a great opportunity to not only reduce your costs of attending the Conference but also receive hands-on leadership and learning opportunities about the AUCD network and the management of a national Conference. Those who receive Trainee Volunteer Scholarships are required to complete six (6) hours of volunteer time at the AUCD Conference. This may include working at the registration table, assisting with trainee-related events, managing rooms during concurrent sessions and poster symposia, as well as other activities as volunteer schedules allow. AUCD staff will work with you to find roles that fit your skills, interests, and availability as best as possible.

Trainees volunteering must communicate with the AUCD staff member and show up at the appointed time and place, and carry out appointed activities. If there is an activity the trainee would like to attend that either might pose a conflict for volunteering or that the trainee would like to specifically volunteer at, the trainee must communicate that to AUCD at least two (2) weeks before the Conference.

Application Process

Interested trainees for either opportunity are requested to submit a brief application online. Note: trainees are welcome to apply for both scholarship types, but only one scholarship will be awarded per trainee. Download the attached application form and fill it out, submitting the completed form online as well as required attachments. The application must include the following and will ONLY be accepted online:

  1. docx File Trainee Scholarship form, including your statement interest in attending the Conference. This file should be uploaded into the "proposal/project description" space.
  2. A current resume/CV (limit: 3 pages)
  3. One (minimum) letter of support from your program/center Director or Training Director

What is an Allowable Expense?

Travel expenses allowable under this scholarship include coach class air or reasonable ground travel and hotel accommodations. Additional details on allowable costs are included with the reimbursement form. Registration and poster charges for the Conference are not allowable.

Trainees awarded the Trainee Conference scholarships must submit a proper reimbursement form and relevant receipts to AUCD detailing their travel costs. The form must be sent to AUCD not later than 30 days (December 20, 2019) after the end of the Conference. 


The deadline for this application is Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at 11:59pm ET. Trainees who have been selected will be notified no later than October 28. The Conference registration deadline is November 1, 2019.

The deadline for submitting the summary statement and travel expense form to AUCD is not later than 30 days after the conclusion of the Conference, or December 20. This is a firm deadline and submission of expenses after this date may result in you not receiving the scholarship funds.


If you have questions about the Trainee Travel Scholarships or the AUCD Conference, contact Christine at AUCD.


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