Conference Grants

GRO Conference Grant Application (2023-24) is now open! Please click here to apply!


The Conference Grant Program is designed to assist Homewood campus graduate students in presenting / attending academic and professional conferences and seminars and, if selected from a random lottery, receive funds in the form of a reimbursement.

Eligibility Info

Conference grant eligibility is determined by the attendance of a department’s elected/appointed representative. In order to be eligible, a department must attend at least 50% of GRO General Council meetings in the semester prior to the current lottery period. A list of eligible departments is included below:

Updated on Jan 28th, 2024. Valid for Winter 2024 conference cycle.

Eligible departments:

  • Applied Mathematics & Statistics
  • Biology
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biophysics
  • Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Classics
  • Cognitive Science
  • Comparative Thought and Literature
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Engineering Management
  • English
  • Environmental Health and Engineering
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences
  • History
  • History of Art
  • History of Science and Technology
  • Information Security Institute
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Modern Languages and Literature
  • MSE Robotics
  • Near Eastern Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Physics and Astronomy
  • Political Science
  • Psychological & Brain Sciences
  • Sociology

Ineligible department(s):

  • Anthropology
  • Civil Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Writing Seminars

You may request your department’s GC reps to contact the GRO secretary ( and GRO Funding and Administration Chair (, if they feel that they have attended the meetings as required and it is reflected incorrectly here.

Award Lottery Info

Applications are reviewed and then selected based on a random lottery system.

Currently, travel grants consist of a $500 award that can be spent on transportation, lodging, registration fees, and production expenses related to scholarly participation in the conference (photocopying, posters, etc.).

Further details and the lottery system can be found in the current PDF Document: Conference Grants Policy (Updated 10/24/2023).

Most of the common questions and situations can be answered on our FAQs page.

The GRO Funding and Administration Chair generally distributes conference grants. If you have specific questions that are not addressed here or on the FAQs page, please e-mail us at

Past Winners


Summer – Computer Science, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Political Science

Spring – Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Robotics, Civil Engineering, Computer Science


Winter – Economics, Biomedical Engineering, Biophysics

The winners of the conference grant since Winter 2022.



Good luck!