Carnegie Mellon University

Conference Funding

Graduate Student Conference Funding is provided by the Graduate Student Assembly and the Provost's Office, and is managed by the Office of the Assistant Vice Provost for Graduate Education. The goal of the funding is to enable more Carnegie Mellon graduate students to make presentations at key conferences/ exhibitions in their fields or attend conferences and learn about the broader field of study to which they belong. This funding opportunity is available to individual graduate students, a group of graduate students attending the same conference and/or a group of members from a registered club/organization attending the same conference. If you have submitted an abstract to present at a conference, you do not have to wait until it is accepted to apply.

Graduate Student Conference Funding Application Submission Weeks (2018-2019):

** Graduate students that apply for Conference Funding MUST be enrolled students at the time they attend the conference **

Conference Funding Application Periods

Conferences between April 1 - June 30, 2019
Submit between February 5 - 19, 2019
Conferences between: July 1 - September 30, 2019
Submit between: May 6 - 20, 2019
FALL 2019
Conferences between: October 1 - December 31, 2019
Submit between: August 12 - 28, 2019

Conference Funding Application Periods - CLOSED

FALL 2018
Conferences between: October 1 - December 31, 2018
Submit between: August 13 - September 3, 2018

Conferences between January 1 - March 31, 2019
Submit between November 5 - 19, 2018

Conference Funding Details

This award amount is $500 per student with a maximum amount of $1,000 per group. Awardees are selected through a lottery process on a quarterly basis. This 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. Funds from the conferences they will be attending
  2. Their own advisor
  3. Their department
  4. Their college

A letter from the applicant's advisor is required indicating whether there are department - and college - level options for alternative funding. Graduate students may not receive more than one Conference Funding award per academic year, July to June.


  1. Complete the Conference Funding Application
  2. Have your advisor complete the Advisor Support Form

Both forms must be received by the deadline or the application will not be considered.


All students will be notified of their status in the lottery within one week of the closing of applications.

If a student receives an award, they will receive a letter detailing the process to access the funding. The award funds will be transferred to an account in the student's department and the student can then access the funds following departmental requirements. Students should work with the business manager in the department to follow all requirements for submitting receipts for reimbursement of expenses.


All graduate students who accept conference funding support from the Graduate Student Assembly and the Provost's Office commit to presenting a poster, paper, powerpoint, or other appropriate format of their work at the annual Innovation with Impact Research Exhibition during Graduate Student Appreciation Week.  In 2019 the exhibition is scheduled for Thursday, April 4, 2019.

For further information on please contact:

Suzie Laurich-McIntyre, Ph.D.
Assistant Vice Provost for Graduate Education