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The application process is open for the 2023 Pacific Islands Scholars Award (PISA)! This competitive, prestigious award supports attendance and participation by Pacific Islands scholars at ASAO meetings through travel awards and waivers of meeting registration and membership fees. Due to past limitations from the COVID-19 pandemic, we are thrilled to be able to welcome a larger cohort of awardees at the 2023 meetings in Kona—we will welcome four awardees from 2022 who deferred attendance to the 2023 meetings in addition to a new slate of awardees for 2023. 

We are continuing our online application system this year, and hope this continues to make the application process easier for all.  Please scroll down to the bottom of this page to apply. We still have .docx versions of our application forms and are happy to accept email submissions if the application form presents any technology barriers/problems. Applications are due on October 15, 2022 by 11:59pm EST.


PISA Travel Awards Deadlines
(for the 2023 ASAO meeting)
October 15, 2022 Applications Due NOW CLOSED
November 15, 2022 Notification of Awardees NOTIFICATIONS SENT
December 15, 2022  Deadline for Accepting
 January 5, 2023 Date to Submit Reimbursement Forms 


Please note, funding for this award is limited and competitive. We will not be in a position to support all applicants. In most cases PISA travel awards cover the cost of round-trip airfare. Awards also provide meeting registration, a year’s ASAO membership, and a $200 stipend for use on meals and incidentals at the conference.  

  • The PISA supports scholars who identify as Pacific Islander and who are identified by Pacific Island communities as a member  
  • Applicants must take an active part in one or more sessions as an organizer or presenter
  • Preference is given to junior and early career scholars