Funding conference travel

Finding the financial resources to present your research, scholarly, or creative activities can be a real challenge, but the professional benefits are worth the effort.

Develop a reasonable budget

Volunteer to work at the conference: check the conference website to see if there are discounts on registration and funding for travel/housing for student volunteers

  • Take advantage of early registration discounts
  • Search out the least expensive transportation option(s)
  • Consider NOT staying in the conference hotel (these are often quite expensive, even at the conference rate).  Search online for nearby accommodations that are more reasonably priced.
  • Find a roommate (or 2 or 3) to share the cost of housing
  • Consider NOT attending the entire conference, especially if it is a week-long affair

Potential funding sources

  • Start with your research mentor, who
    • may have some funding available to help you
    • may suggest other sources of funding (e.g., department, college)
  • NAU
    • Provost - University College – Student Travel Awards program (available for both graduate and undergraduate students)
    • ASNAU – undergraduate students should work with your college senator to propose an Individual Allocation
    • GSG - graduate students should follow the directions on the Graduate Student Travel Award website
  • Conference student travel awards: many conferences offer competitive grants to cover travel costs; search the conference website for “student travel”
  • CUR (Council for Undergraduate Research): some divisions (e.g., biology, social sciences) offer travel awards

CUR Biology Division Student Travel Awards

The Biology Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) is offering a limited number of travel grants, up to $250 each, for undergraduate students presenting original research results at a regional or national, discipline-specific meeting* during the fiscal year 2016 - 2017. Award recipients are required to acknowledge CUR for support of their travel in their talk or poster, to complete a short evaluation form about their meeting experience, and to submit a PDF file of their poster. Minority students are encouraged to apply. 

Deadlines: Applications must be received by 5:00 pm ET September 2, 2016, for meetings held between September 15, 2016, through February 15, 2017, or by 5:00 pm ET January 13, 2017, for meetings held between February 16 through June 30, 2017.  Applicants will be notified four to six weeks after the deadline.

Please see this webpage for more information:

    * Tri-Beta, Sigma Xi and NCUR are not considered to be discipline-specific meetings.  While the Biology Division truly appreciates the value of these meetings to the educational experience of undergraduates, for this award we choose to use our limited funds to help undergraduates attend a discipline-specific meeting to enable interactions with primary researchers within that discipline. 

    **Due to the timing of the CUR fiscal year we are unable to award funds to attend meetings held in July or August.

    CUR Psychology Division Student Travel Awards
    Faculty mentors may nominate students to receive up to $250 for students to travel to present original psychological research results at a regional or national, discipline-specific meeting. Visit the information page for the description of the eligibility criteria, application process, and selection criteria.

    Deadlines: 5:00PM ET, September 15, 2016, for meetings held before February 15, 2017, and January 15, 2017, for meetings held after February 15.
    CUR Social Science Division Travel Awards

    The Social Science Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) is offering a limited number of travel grants, up to $200 each, for undergraduate students presenting the results of research that they have conducted at a regional or national, discipline-specific meeting during the academic year 2016 - 2017. Psychology majors will be considered if their research is in the area of social psychology; those in other areas may apply for the Psychology Division travel awards.  Please visit this webpage for more information:

    Deadline:  Applications for a travel grant to a fall 2016 or spring 2017 meeting are now being accepted.  Award decisions will be made on a first-come, first-served basis.