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IUPAC Young Observer Program
49th IUPAC General Assembly and 46th IUPAC Congress
São Paulo, Brazil
July 7-14, 2017

Application is now CLOSED
The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC), a worldwide leader in advancing the chemical sciences, is holding its General Assembly  and World Chemistry Congress, July 2017, in São Paulo, Brazil. The U.S. National Committee for IUPAC is seeking outstanding U.S. scientists and engineers under the age of 45, with interests and expertise related to the working groups of IUPAC, to travel as Young Observers to Brazil. The USNC/IUPAC will provide travel fellowships of $2,500 to successful candidates, pending available funding. This Young Observer Program provides an excellent opportunity to become involved in the work of IUPAC, develop an international network of scientists and engineers, and represent your U.S. colleagues in the chemical sciences.

In collaboration with the American Chemical Society, the USNC/IUPAC held a webinar about the Young Observer Program on December 7, 2016. To learn more about the  Young Observer program, you may access the recorded webinar and slides at

The selection of Young Observers will be made by mid-March 2017. Please note that the funding of travel fellowships will not be determined until later in the spring, pending funding of a proposal to the National Science Foundation.

Successful candidates must:
  • Be a U.S. scientist or engineer under the age of 45, be active in chemical or chemical engineering research in academia, government, or industry. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. Permanent Resident (Green Card Holder).
  • Have a specific interest in one or more of the business meetings and technical sessions that will be held in Brazil.
  • Have a strong interest in collaborative work with scientists in laboratories outside of the United States.
  • Have an interest in continuing activities through the IUPAC organization. 
Career scientist applicants should ideally have, but are not required to have, five years of independent research/work experience after the completion of their educational experience. In exceptional cases applications from graduate students and postdoctoral researchers will be considered.

Former YOs may apply for a maximum second YO experience. They must demonstrate how they have remained involved with IUPAC since their first experience.

PLEASE NOTE: If you work  in industry or government, you are eligible to be a Young Observer. However, there have been cases in the past where Young Observers from industry and government have been unable to accept the travel fellowship. They were still able to participate in the program, but their funding  was provided by their employer.  As you apply for the Young Observer program, please begin to talk with your employer regarding whether you will be able to accept a fellowship grant from the National Academies (the funding originates from the National Science Foundation). For industry participants, if your employer provides at least $1,500 for you to attend, the U.S. National Committee can offer your company one year enrollment in the IUPAC Company Associates program. Please email us at if you  have any questions.
Selected Young Observer Fellowship awardees will be expected to:
  • Attend an Orientation Session and Welcome Reception for U.S. and international Young Observers.
  • Attend business meetings of IUPAC Divisions or Standing Committee Division business meetings. The USNC/IUPAC will assist you in making the necessary connections to observe the Division and/or Committee business meeting(s) in which you are interested.
  • Attend an informal welcome dinner for the U.S. delegation and U.S. Young Observers.
  • Submit a brief written report on your experiences in order to provide feedback.
In addition:
  • You are strongly encouraged to participate in the scientific program of the Congress by submitting an abstract for oral or poster presentation.
  • You will be invited to attend other events and meetings during the Congress.
  • You are also encouraged to visit an academic or research facility in Brazil during your stay. The USNC will assist with connections where possible.
Useful Information:

The IUPAC General Assembly consists of the Union’s business meetings. The IUPAC Divisions and Standing Committees will meet to discuss their plans and activities. Toward the end of the Assembly, the IUPAC Council (including delegates representing IUPAC member countries) votes on union decisions.

For more information on what each Division and Committee does, click here. Consult the IUPAC website for links to the Divisions and Committees and their activities. Information on IUPAC projects is also available at

The IUPAC Congress is the scientific program of the meeting. Information on the topical sessions and instructions on submitting an abstract are available online at

Reminder that visas are required for U.S. citizens traveling to Brazil.

2017 Young Observer Application

Please complete the online application including brief answers (250 words or less) to the questions listed below (questions 4 and 5 are optional). You may want to draft your answers before beginning to complete the form as it can not be saved or edited once submitted.
  1. How would participation as a Young Observer at the IUPAC General Assembly further your professional development?
  2. In which IUPAC Divisions, Committees or projects would you like to participate? Briefly indicate why. If you have ideas on how you could stay involved in IUPAC after the General Assembly and Congress, please indicate so. (Please see above for links to more information on IUPAC Divisions, Committees, and projects.)
  3. Have you recently been involved with any international collaborative activities? Describe briefly. If not, describe your interest in international collaboration.
  4. Have you submitted (or do you plan to submit) an abstract for presentation at the IUPAC Congress. If so, to which session? Attach abstract if available. (Although submitting an abstract is not required, it may strengthen an application.)
  5. If you are a former YO applying for a second experience, please describe how you have remained involved in IUPAC since your YO experience.
A curriculum vitae (two-page maximum) must be attached to the online application form for it to be considered complete. The following information should be included: undergraduate and graduate degrees, institutions, and years; post-graduate academic experience (location and years); work experience (last five years or longer if relevant); and research accomplishments from the last five years (list publications with references as appropriate)

If you have questions about your application, please email
Important Dates for the 2017 IUPAC Congress:
  • 3 February 2017 - Deadline for abstract submission
  • 24 February - Accepted presentation notification to authors
  • 19 March - End of early registration
  • 26 March - Registration deadline for oral presentations
  • 9 April - Registration deadline for poster presentations
  • 7 July - IUPAC General Assembly begins
  • 9 July World Chemistry Congress begins  

This material is based upon work supported in part by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number PHY-1441995. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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