Academic Conference Fund

For Graduate Students

The purpose of the graduate academic conference fund is to provide grants to support student presentations at academic conferences by offsetting the cost of travel and attendance. Awards of up to $500.00 (up to $750.00 for international travel) will be given to those invited to present or perform at a conference/meeting.

Please allow 10 business days for grant application review.

Eligibility

Funding eligibility is open to all graduate students who

  • Are the primary presenter of research at a professional conference, or whose creative work is accepted for an exhibition or performance at a recognized event. 
  • Have the written support from a faculty member who can attest to the quality of the student’s work or the academic benefit of attending the conference/meeting
  • Are in good academic standing with the University
  • Are current graduate students, or recent graduates (within two semesters) whose research was accepted for presentation prior to graduation.

 

Apply for the Grant

Apply for the Grant

If travel is between:

July 1 - September 30

October 1 - December 31

January 1 - March 31

April 1 - June 30

You should apply starting:

May 1

August 1

November 1

February 1

 

Students may be awarded only one conference grant during their graduate academic career at GVSU. 

Applications will be accepted on a per quarter basis for the July 1-June 30 fiscal year until each quarter's funds are depleted. Awards will be funded in the order they are received.

Reimbursement

For reimbursement after the conference the student must submit to the Office of Graduate Studies within 10 business days from the last day of the conference the following typed forms:

Grand Valley State University complies with the IRS regulations on reimbursements. Please be sure to review the GVSU Travel Policy and Procedures.

Students who may have a hardship in waiting for a reimbursement may contact us prior to travel at gradstudies@gvsu.edu with an explanation of your circumstances.