Jeffrey Cook Student Travel Scholarships to PLEA

In honor of the late Jeffrey Cook, SBSE plans to award up to four $1000 travel scholarships to support students presenting papers at the 2018 PLEA Conference to be held in Hong Kong, China in December 2018. Funding for this opportunity has been generously provided by the Jeffrey Cook Charitable Trust. The scholarship application/evaluation process is conducted by SBSE. It is the intention of SBSE to award these scholarships to applicants from across the globe.

Eligible applicants must be a student at the time of abstract submission to PLEA, must have a paper/poster accepted for publication at the PLEA conference, and must present the paper/poster at the conference. Because conference participation is a condition of the scholarship, scholarship monies will not be available prior to the conference. All arrangements related to conference attendance (including registration, lodging, and travel) will be handled by the applicant.

Evaluation of applications will consider the information presented in the application form to the scholarship committee; this information corresponds with the scholarship selection criteria. Applicants are not required to be SBSE members, but membership is considered during the selection process. This is not a need-based scholarship, but likely travel expenses may be considered during the selection process.

NOTE: Selection of scholarship recipients will be a two-stage process. The first stage will be based upon review of the application materials, including the abstract submitted to PLEA. Materials for this stage are due by May 31, 2018. The second stage will include consideration of the full draft paper submitted to PLEA. A short list of potential recipients will be established during the first stage. This list will be further shortened during the second stage. Full draft papers must be submitted by June 15, 2018.

All materials should be submitted electronically through the respective web forms.

At the request of the Jeffrey Cook Charitable Trust, each scholarship recipient must (reasonably soon after the PLEA conference) submit a modest note to the Trust that explains his/her future professional plans and what the scholarship support meant to him/her.

SBSE reserves the right to award all or none of these proposed scholarships based upon the quality of applications. Late applications will not be considered.

How to Apply

Please visit the following form to submit your application:

   Scholarship Application Form

Application deadline: 
31 May 2018 (initial application)
15 June 2018 (supplemental material)

PLEA announces oral presentations: 3 September 2018

Selection/notification of scholarship recipients: 
15 September 2018

Applications will consist of an electronically submitted form that provides the information requested and addresses the points set forward in the evaluation criteria. 

Late applications will not be accepted.

For detailed information on the PLEA conference, see:

Scholarship Coordinator (inquiries only):
Jonathan Bean (