Conference Funding Program Competition-School of Architecture - Carnegie Mellon University

Friday, February 17, 2012

Conference Funding Program Competition

For Conferences between April 1 and June 30, 2012

The GSA and the Provost's Office are pleased to announce the competition for the Carnegie Mellon Graduate Students Conference funding for conferences occurring between April 1, 2012 and June 30, 2012.  The Application period is March 1-9, 2012. Complete applications and faculty support letters are due by midnight on March 9, 2012.  Grants are $500 for travel to conferences.

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G.S.A. Graduate Student Conference Funding is financed by the Graduate Student Assembly, in collaboration with the Graduate Education Office and the Provost's Office, providing grants of up to $500 for attendance at conferences. The goal of the funding is to enable more Carnegie Mellon graduate students to 1) make presentations at key conferences/exhibitions in their fields or 2) simply attend conferences and learn about the broader field of study to which they belong.

Approximately 160 awards will be distributed this year. Graduate students may not receive more than one Conference Funding award per fiscal year--that is, only one award between July 1 to June 30 of any given year.

This award of up to $500 per student is considered a partial source of support and applicants are required to seek funds from the following other sources first, before applying for these funds, including: 1) funding from the conferences they will be attending or speaking at, 2) their own advisor, 3) their department and 4) their college. A letter from the applicant's advisor is required indicating whether there are department- and college-level options for alternative funding.


Funds are awarded on a quarterly basis to allow students from all disciplines an equal chance to attend their fields' annual professional
conferences, since these meet at different times of the year. Conference funds are not awarded ACROSS funding quarters. Demand for conference funds consistently exceeds supply, so selection of conference fund recipients is by lottery. Conference funds are intended as a ready resource for all graduate students and are awarded on a non-competitive basis, although there is a minimum quality threshold below which awards are not made and the application will not be considered complete without an advisor letter received by the closing date of the submission time. The advisor's letter may be submitted via email, directly from the advisor's account to Suzie Laurich-McIntyre, Ph.D. ( Turnover on conference funding applications is generally 2+ weeks from the end of submission week.


All graduate students who accept Conference funding support from the Graduate Student Assembly and the Provost's Office commit to making a presentation in an appropriate format of their work at the annual Innovation with Impact Research Exhibition during Graduate Student Appreciation Week. The exhibition is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, April 4, 2013 between 4:30 and 6:30pm.

If you have questions please contact Suzie Laurich-McIntyre.