Conference Travel Grants

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

Important Notice About Conference Travel Grants: According to the March 10 email from President Daniels, TRAVEL: The conference travel grant program is suspended until further notice. This information will be updated when the University changes the travel policy. For more information, contact Joanne Lax (

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 an engineering Ph.D. 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


  • For calendar year 2020, up to 60 travel grants will be available for conferences taking place before December 31, 2020.
  • 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 Joanne Lax with any questions about this grant.

Other Sources of Travel Grants at Purdue