Conference Funding

The Graduate Student Affairs Committee makes funds available for matriculated graduate students who are in good standing to attend or present at professional conferences, seminars, conventions, and workshops. Funding may be awarded for but not limited to the cost of fees, travel, food, and lodging related to attendance at such events.

  1. Procedure for applying for funding.
    1. Students should complete the Conference Funding Application, follow all instructions for attachments and secure the signature of their department chairperson before submitting the form.
    2. Requests must be submitted to the GSAC Coordinator eight weeks prior to the conference starting date.
    3. Students who are presenting at events must attach documentation such as a letter of confirmation or event program indicating participation as a presenter.
    4. Students planning to attend summer conferences (June-August) should apply for funding in the preceding spring semester.
    5. Students are required to submit original receipts from the conference within thirty days of the end of the conference.
  2. Criteria and limits
    1. Funding limits are set according to the following schedule:

        In-State Out-of-State
      One Day Conference Attendance: $100.00 $200.00
      One Day Conference Presentation: $150.00 $300.00
      Two Day Conference Attendance: $300.00 $500.00
      Two Day Conference Presentation: $500.00 $850.00


    2. Full-time students are eligible for a maximum of $1,000.00 per academic year.
    3. Part-time students are eligible for a maximum of $300.00 per academic year.
    4. First priority for funding will be given to full-time graduate students.
    5. All funding amounts are contingent upon availability of funds.
    6. Funds may only be awarded for automobile gasoline if the applicant includes a copy of the insurance policy showing at least state-minimum limits with any receipts.
    7. All receipts must be dated within the duration of the conference and must be related to conference activities.
    8. Funding will not be provided to support students attending SCSU co-sponsored events.