Conference Grants

GRO Conference Grant Application (2022-23) is now open! Please click here to apply!



The Conference Grant Program (formerly known as “Travel Grants”) is designed to assist Homewood campus graduate students in presenting their work at academic conferences and meetings. Students apply for an award leading up to their conference and, if selected from a random lottery, receive funds in the form of 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 on the semester prior to the current lottery period. A list of eligible departments is included below:

“Updated on March 31st, 2023. Valid for Spring 2023 conference cycle.

Eligible departments:

  • Anthropology
  • Applied Mathematics & Statistics
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biophysics
  • Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • 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
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Modern Languages and Literature
  • MSE Robotics
  • Near Eastern Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Physics and Astronomy
  • Political Science
  • Psychological & Brain Sciences
  • Sociology
  • Writing Seminars

Ineligible department(s):

  • Information Security Institute

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 Grant Policy Document.

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

Good luck!