The International Association of Forensic Sciences (IAFS) Scholarship

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in the articles contained in the Academy News are those of the identified authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Academy.

The International Association of Forensic Sciences (IAFS) Scholarship: Offered Through the Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF)

PURPOSE: The IAFS is an international association focused on bringing together academics, managers, researchers, and scientists from around the world to discuss and to debate issues focal to the forensic science disciplines. The IAFS proclaims its goals and objectives to be: “to develop forensic sciences; to assist forensic scientists and others to exchange scientific and technical information; and, to organize triennial meetings.” The FSF is interested in providing an opportunity for an AAFS member to experience this educational venture.

Therefore, the Forensic Sciences Foundation is offering a scholarship to help defray the expenses involved in attending the 21st Triennial Meeting of the International Association of Forensic Sciences to be held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada from August 21-25.

CRITERIA TO ENTER: If you have been a member of the AAFS for fewer than ten years (includes Associate Members, Members, and Fellows) and have never attended an IAFS meeting, then you are eligible to apply for this scholarship. In order to be considered, you must submit to the IAFS, and have accepted, a podium presentation for the 2017 IAFS meeting.

Within five days of receiving the IAFS acceptance notice, the following items should be sent to Lucy Davis (, Chair of the IAFS Scholarship Committee: (1) a copy of your abstract; (2) a copy of the acceptance letter from IAFS; and, (3) a copy of your up-to-date curriculum vitae.

SELECTION PROCESS: A committee composed of four FSF Trustees and two AAFS section members will review the submissions. Abstracts will be judged on their technical merit, innovation, and impact to the community.

AWARD: The winner will receive up to $5,000 to cover the costs of airfare, registration, housing, and per diem of $75 for five nights while in attendance at the meeting.

IMPORTANT DATES: The IAFS deadline for abstract submission is March 10. The IAFS program will make notification to the submitter by April 24. Once acceptance is received, send the requirements (1-3, noted above under “Criteria to Enter”) to Lucy Davis ( The winner notification date is dependent on the static nature of the current IAFS timeline.

For more information on the abstract submission process, go to For more information on the scholarship, please contact Ronald Singer at