Each Fall and Spring semester, graduate students who pay the semi-annual graduate student activities fee are eligible to apply for Conference Funding in the amount of up to $300. Applications in the Fall can be for conferences that take place any time in the same Fall semester, the upcoming Spring semester, or for conferences that have already taken place in the Summer before that Fall semester. Applications in the Spring can be for conferences that take place in the Spring, the following Summer, or for conferences that took place in the previous Fall semester.
To apply, students must complete the application form, include a copy of their CV and accepted conference abstract with the form, and submit these documents to the GOG Academic Programming Officer by email. The Academic Programming Officer will notify applicants of the receipt of their materials and later inform them whether or not they were chosen for an award.
Each applicant’s materials will be read by at least 5 reviewers before award decisions are made. GOG assigns reviewers according to the categories of Science and Humanities (listed below), such that applications from the Science disciplines will only be reviewed by graduate students in that category, and Humanities applications will only be reviewed by other Humanities graduate students. Importantly, the review process is blind. Reviewers do not see the names on the conference funding applications.
Science and Engineering
Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Clinical and Social Psychology, Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Geological Sciences, Materials Science, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Optics, Physics & Astronomy
Comparative Literature, Economics, English, History, Linguistics, Philosophy, Political Science, Visual and Cultural Studies
Despite this division, please be advised that your specific area of research most likely will be unfamiliar to reviewers and it is your responsibility to explain your topic in basic terms in the “description of research” section.
Only one application per student will be accepted each semester, and each student may receive funding only once in two consecutive semesters. A limit of two awards will be given out to graduate students from the same department each semester.
Applications can receive a maximum of 25 points total by reviewers, whose individual scores are averaged. Any application that receives an average of less than 5 points will not be considered for funding.