Travel Funding Tips
There are several possible funding sources for conference travel.
In general, you will only get funding if you present a talk or a
poster, not for just attending a conference.
Below, I list the funding sources that are available, starting
from the best alternative.
- If your work was part of a project that is funded through
a grant, the project should also cover your travel expenses.
Ask the professor who is leading the project.
- The second alternative to get funding is the School of Arts
and Sciences. You are eligible to apply once every school
year, and chances of getting the funding are high. The
grant covers half of your expenses, but only up to $300
Get the application form directly at the SAS office (3401
Walnut St., 3rd floor). You will need your advisor's
signature, and you need to file the application before the
date of the conference.
- GSAC (the Graduate Students Associations Council) also
gives out travel grants.
The amount of the grant is half your expenses up to $300.
Because of their limited resources, GSAC does not
fund students who have two other sources of funding for the
same conference. However, it is possible to get e.g. both SAS and GSAC
funding for the same conference.
Download the complete application forms from GSAC's
website. You will
need not only your advisor's signature, but also a short letter
from her/him stating why your attendance at the conference
is necessary. The letter is essential.
In special cases (like if the conference is held during the
summer), you can sometimes get reimbursed from GSAC even if
you file the application after the end of the conference.