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Conference Funding

Presenting papers in-person or virtually at professional conferences is important to graduate students' academic careers and growth as professionals, and is relevant experience for all career paths. Graduate students presenting at academic conferences, in person or virtually, can apply to the Graduate School for up to $650 to cover registration, travel, and other related expenses. Given funding limitations, an application does not guarantee support. Some programs have independent funds to support such travel; students should check with their Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) for more information.

All applications and associated documentation must be submitted online through UFunds. Please email [email protected] with any questions. 

Award Eligibility:
  • Doctoral students in years 1 - 6 or on a COVID Appointment Extension; Master's students
    Students are eligible to apply for conference travel funding if they are doctoral students in years 1-6, doctoral students on a COVID Appointment Extension, or Master’s students during the entire duration of the travel or virtual conference associated with the award. Students currently on leave are not eligible. Students enrolled in degree programs in the Division of Biology and Medicine are not eligible; please see the BioMed Travel Awards.

  • Presenting, either in-person or virtually, at a conference
    Students must show proof that they have been invited to present at a conference. This can be an official email or letter of invitation to present at the conference or a program from the conference with the student’s name and presentation title listed. The Conference Travel Fund is available for both domestic and international conferences. Awards will not be granted for merely attending a conference. 

  • Receive up to $650 in Conference Travel Funds per academic year
    Students can receive up to $650 per academic year (June 1 through May 31) as determined by the end date of the travel or virtual conference. This can be used for one conference or split among more than one. There is no limit on the number of times a student can apply for conference funding.

  • Apply at least 14 days before the start of your conference or travel
    Applications must be submitted through UFunds at least 14 days before the start of travel or the start of the conference. Students not able to make this deadline should email [email protected] to see if an exception can be made. This requirement allows the Graduate School time to process applications and notify students whether they will receive funding or not prior to the start of travel or the start of the conference.

  • Provide an approved Safety Plan, if applicable
    All students are required to register their travel plans in TravelSafe (for both domestic and international travel). In addition, some international travel destinations require completion of a Safety Plan in TravelSafe and approval from the Global Travel Risk Assessment Committee (GTRAC). Find current US DOS travel advisory levels in TravelSafe by clicking on the 'Travel Advisories' tab (destinations at Level 3 or 4 - designated at High Risk - require GTRAC approval). Check Brown’s current travel guidelines and requirements on the International Travel Risk Management webpage. Additionally, transactions with comprehensively embargoed countries, including certain academic collaborations and the exchange of research materials, may require authorization from the government. If you are considering collaborating with or traveling to an embargoed country, you must contact Brown's Export Control Team well in advance.

Using your Conference Travel Fund award
The Conference Travel Fund award is processed as a reimbursement through a student’s home department. Prepaid expenses such as airfare, conference registration, and prepaid hotel rooms can be submitted for reimbursement prior to travel. Expenses that are not paid for in advance, as well as per diem meals, can be submitted once the student returns from travel or the conference concludes. All documentation should be submitted to a student’s home department within 30 days of the completion of travel. 

Please refer to the Graduate Travel Fund Reimbursement Guidelines for details about the reimbursement process and what documentation to submit.

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