Graduate Student Virtual Conference Grant

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Graduate Student virtual conference Grant (2020-2021) 

Purpose 

The Graduate Student Virtual Conference Grant is designed to temporarily replace the Travel Grants during the travel ban in place during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Virtual Conference Grant has been created to support graduate students engaged in independent scholarly research, scientific inquiry, inventive technology, and artistic/creative activity. The grants support graduate students whose travel to meetings or events sponsored by professional organizations has been suspended -- and will assist with their participation in virtual conferences for the purpose of sharing the results of their research, exhibiting or performing creative works, or otherwise disseminating the results of their scholarly activity. These grants do not cover conference attendance for other purposes (e.g. as a non-presenting attendee or workshop participant.)

Virtual Conference Grants: Closed for fall award cycle

The online application for spring will open in February. Note: you must be a currently enrolled student in the semester you apply.

Award Amount

Grants range up to $250 

Eligibility 

WMU graduate students MUST be:

  1. Admitted to a graduate degree program 
  2. In good academic standing (3.0 GPA) 
  3. Enrolled full time in the semester that the application is made (one credit hour only if at dissertation/thesis hours) 
  4. The invited presenter via a letter/email of invitation from the conference/exhibit officials 
  5. The sole or principal investigator of the research project (PI) but for the purposes of research compliance, listed as student investigator, author or performer of the artistic/creative activity and the individual invited or selected to make the presentation

Guidelines for the Application Process

  • Access the online application for the Graduate Student Virtual Conference Grants (link will be provided here in mid-Sept.)
  • In addition to this online application, applicants are REQUIRED to have an advisor or another faculty member familiar with your project write a Letter of Support for your project and upload it in InfoReady (instructions will be emailed to the individual you identify as writing the Letter of Support). The letter must clearly address the following elements: 
  1. Student's name 
  2. Please ensure the student is currently enrolled 
  3. The purpose that the letter of support is for an application for a Graduate Student Virtual Conference Grant 
  4. The significance of the project 
  5. The student’s role in the project 
  6. The significance of the conference or event where the project will be presented 
  7. Selectivity level of the conference or event (e.g., the main national conference in our field, highly competitive with less than half of submissions accepted, etc.)

Future Award Deadlines

The Graduate Student Virtual Travel Grant will be offered twice this year.
Following are the application award cycles:
  • Fall, Oct. 28, 2020
  • Spring, March 3, 2021

CONTACT

If you have questions about the application process for this award, please contact Diana Berkshire-Hearit