Academic Conference Fund


Now taking applications for October 1 - December 31 travel. Apply here.

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.



Funding eligibility is open to all students who meet the following:

  • Are at least a halftime student of Grand Valley State University at time of travel (6 credits for undergraduates)
  • 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 financial and judiciary standing with the University
  • Are in good academic standing with the University
  • Have had their research accepted for a poster or presentation at a professional conference, or whose creative work is accepted for an exhibition or performance at a state, regional, or national competitive, juried event.


The Student Senate, the Provost's Office, and the Center for Scholarly and Creative Excellence have established a fund to support student travel to academic conferences. The Academic Conference Fund (ACF) is available to all undergraduate students who may be looking for one time funding to present/perform at an academic conference that is related to their major, minor, and/or professional goals.

Presenting an academic project, a creative exhibit, and/or a performance at an academic conference can be a valuable experience which enriches a students understanding of a discipline and subsequent professions. ACF is intended to assist students in presenting/performing such projects.

The purpose of these grants is to encourage student presentations at academic conferences by offsetting the cost of attendance.

The ACF grants are divided into 4 allotments which are distributed equally over the fiscal year (July-September, October-December, January-March, April-June). Proposals that meet established guidelines and quality will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis each quarter until funds are exhausted for the quarter. Although grants are non-competitive, each application will be reviewed by the Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship.

Questions? See our ACF FAQs

Please note: the ACF grant and the APEF grant are mutually exclusive. A student may only receive one grant per fiscal year.

ACF Help

Please choose from the following links to find the information needed to successfully apply for an ACF grant:

PLEASE NOTE: Beginning with the July 1, 2014 cycle, graduate students seeking ACF funding now apply through the Graduate Studies office.