Conference grant

As part of our vision and commitment to support the academic excellence of Western Michigan University graduate students, this year we have created a new type of funding opportunity. Now, our graduate students have the chance to apply for a grant that focuses on academic conferences in which they are not presenting. If you are presenting, then the Graduate College has funding opportunities available for you. Please visit the travel grant page for more details. With this initiative we are encouraging our graduate students to enrich their knowledge, better their resumes and boost their job opportunities.

1- How does it work? The graduate student interested in taking advantage of this opportunity will have to request funding through the Graduate Financial Allocation Committee. This application must contain all the documents listed below, and it ought to be submitted at least 1 month before the conference. If approved, the Association will cover registration, hotel or transportation or a combination of these three expenses. If possible, the Association will pay these items directly. However, if it is not possible for the Association to make such payments, then the student is responsible for covering them. In the latter case, the Association will reimburse them for the amount paid, or up to $300. Please, keep in mind that in order to be reimbursed, you must submit your receipts within 60 days after being approved by the Committee. Otherwise, we will not disburse the money. In addition, it is important to understand that reimbursements will go through your Western account. And, in the event that there is not any unpaid balance, account services will issue a check with the amount granted.

2- Who qualifies? All current graduate students in good standing, who have completed at least six graduate-level credits at Western Michigan University. Graduate students are considered ineligible if they have been benefited with any other grant provided by the Graduate College or the Association.

3- What types of conferences apply? All academic and professional conferences relevant to the student's field of study, in which they are not presenting.

4- How can I apply? Please follow this link to submit your application Conference Grant Application Form. Keep in mind that you must submit your request by the first day of the month in which you want your application to be considered for funding. The applicant will be notified of the decision via email within the first two weeks after having submitted their request. Applications are open all year round until funds are depleted.

5- How much funding can one get? We will cover up to $300 in registration, hotel, and transportation. On the contrary, if the cost of these expenses happens to be less, the Association will disburse only the amount paid by the student.

6- How many times can I apply? Students can apply as many times as they want. Nevertheless, once funds have been granted, they will not be eligible for future funding, even if they fail to be reimbursed.

7- When is this funding available?  $2,000 will be available each term fall, summer I and II (consider one term combined) and spring for a total of three terms. This amount will be adjusted as needed to seize as many graduate students as possible.

8- What is the selection process? Applications will be reviewed by the Committee. The ones that meet the criteria above indicated will be awarded the grant, in the form previously explained. In the event that we receive more grant-deserving applications than the budget can afford, the Committee will conduct a reselection based on the following criteria:

1) The highest GPAs

2) The highest number of credits completed at WMU

If you have any question regarding this or any other funding opportunity provided by this Association, please do not hesitate to contact us at gfac-info@wmich.edu

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