Date Posted: December 12, 2022

ORWH is offering two Science Policy Scholar Travel Awards to support the development of junior investigators who are focused on women’s health or sex and gender differences and are also interested in research policy. The travel awards will provide up to $3,000 each to defray the costs of attending the Organization for the Study of Sex Differences (OSSD) Annual Meeting on May 7–11, 2023, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. 

ORWH requests that junior investigators interested in the travel awards submit an abstract on a policy-related matter connected to women’s health or sex and gender differences for consideration as a poster, oral session, or symposium at the OSSD Annual Meeting. A panel of experts will review the abstracts, and the authors of two selected abstracts will receive the travel awards. Attending the OSSD meeting will be a unique opportunity for investigators to network with leading scientists and clinicians working to advance the inclusion of sex and gender in research and sex- and gender-related policy. 


  • Must possess a baccalaureate or higher degree, be a medical student from any health-related discipline, be a postdoctoral trainee, be an American Association for the Advancement of Science fellow, be a medical resident, be a member of the uniformed services or National Guard, or be an investigator who is no more than 5 years past a doctoral degree or residency.
  • Must be the first author on the abstract submitted to OSSD for presentation at the OSSD Annual Meeting.
  • Cannot be a Federal employee.


To apply for a travel award, scholars must submit an abstract related to research policies relevant to women’s health or sex and gender differences on the OSSD Awards page. (The abstract must be accepted for a poster, oral session, or symposium at the meeting for an applicant to receive a travel award.) The types of applicable abstracts include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Studies of the effects of such policies on promotion of the research;
  • Identification of policy gaps that might promote such research and projection of their effects; and
  • Identification of specific research disciplines and/or research topic areas where more work is needed to promote women’s health and the study of sex and gender differences.

Investigators from underrepresented populations are encouraged to apply.

Scholars should check the OSSD website for updates on the application timeline. Once they have submitted an abstract, they should send an email with the subject line “NIH ORWH and OSSD Science Policy Scholar Travel Award Application for 2023” to Dr. Samia Noursi at   

Applications are due by February 1, 2023, at 11:59 p.m. EST. 

Scholars should include the required attachments:

  • A copy of the abstract submitted to OSSD, including the title and authors (in a Word document).
  • Their curriculum vitae (in a Word document). They should list all NIH grant support, if applicable.
  • Their mailing address, phone number, and email address.
  • A cover letter (in a Word document) stating:
    • Their eligibility (see “Eligibility Requirements”);
    • Their interest in pursuing policy research on women’s health and/or sex and gender differences; and
    • Their career goals.
  • A letter of support from their academic adviser, mentor, or fellowship director (in a Word document).


For questions about the travel awards, scholars should contact Dr. Samia Noursi, Associate Director for Science Policy, Planning, and Analysis at ORWH. They can reach Dr. Noursi via email at Learn more here

ORWH will notify award recipients on March 1, 2023.