Conference Travel Grants

This program provides support to engineering Ph.D. candidates traveling to professional conferences to present papers on their research.

In conjunction with the Protect Purdue summer travel guidelines issued on March 31, 2021 see website here, the College of Engineering conference travel grant program is being reopened for travel to domestic conferences occurring on or after July 1, 2021. Attendance at international or virtual conferences is not currently eligible for this grant.

Benefits and Goals

  • Reimbursement of up to $500 for the conference trip
  • Network with potential collaborators, sponsors, and employers
  • Share your conference experiences with fellow graduate students


  • You must be a College of Engineering graduate student.
  • You must have passed your preliminary exam or are scheduled to take your preliminary exam prior to attending the conference.
  • You must be presenting a paper at the conference at least two months before your graduation date.

How to Apply

Eligible Expenses

  • Conference registration, travel, and meals
  • Uncovered Expenses

  • Professional association memberships
  • Restrictions

    • For calendar year 2021, up to 30 travel grants will be available for conferences taking place before December 31, 2021.
    • Awardees will be selected on the basis of information provided on the request form with the following constraints:
      1. The number of travel grants per school will be roughly proportional to the size of the school’s Ph.D. program.
      2. No more than two students from any one advisor’s group will receive travel grants in a calendar year.
      3. No student will receive funds to attend more than one conference.
    • Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.


    Email with any questions about this grant. Write "Conference Travel Grant Question" in the subject line.

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