Presenting papers at professional conferences is important to graduate students' academic careers and growth as professionals, and is relevant experience for careers both inside and outside of academe.
Graduate students who present original work at academic conferences can apply to the Graduate School for up to $500 to cover related travel expenses. Given funding limitations, application does not guarantee support. Eligible graduate students will be reimbursed for a maximum of one conference per fiscal year (July 1 through June 30), as determined by the end date of travel. Reimbursement will not be granted for merely attending a conference.
Only graduate students in their first through fifth years of study are eligible for conference travel reimbursement. On a case-by-case basis, the Graduate School will consider requests from sixth-year doctoral students, but the request must include a brief statement from the student's director of graduate study regarding how the conference will assist the student in the timely completion of graduate studies, (i.e., within the sixth year).
Prior approval: For all students, it is recommended to consult with the Graduate School in advance of the travel. Graduate students in their sixth year of study are required to have prior approval for conference-travel funding requests and should contact Carrie Honeman via email. All students in the Division of Biology & Medicine must have prior approval for conference travel requests; please see BioMed's information about policies and conference travel application.
Note, too, that graduate students are required to register their international travel with International SOS. Students should take advantge of International SOS travel advice and services.
Once you have completed your travel, please follow the conference travel reimbursement process.