Conference Travel Awards

UGAR offers two types of conference travel awards. Information about those awards as well as a list of other conference funding sources at Dartmouth are listed below.

COVID-19: Implications for UGAR programs

  • Travel: if your research involves any travel (within the U.S. or abroad), you must comply with the College's travel guidelines and with the travel registry policies
    • UGAR may extend its ban on funding for travel even if the college lifts the institutional ban.
  • Campus access: undergraduates are permitted access to Dartmouth-affiliated buildings and facilities, including libraries and research labs, if they are registered for campus access (which requires participation in the COVID testing protocol). 
  • Student status: if students withdraw from the College for any reason (in good standing or not), they are not eligible for UGAR programs during the terms in which they are withdrawn. If students are accepted for a UGAR program in a given term but withdraw from the College during that term, they must contact UGAR immediately. See the College webpage on withdrawals for more information. 

UGAR Conference Grants: Guidelines

  • Applications must be submitted a minimum of two weeks before the conference and will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
  • Award notifications will be sent via email within two weeks after submission of a complete application.
  • Students are eligible for one Senior Conference Grant and one Undergraduate Conference Grant during their undergraduate years at Dartmouth. Students will be awarded one grant per conference – students may not apply for both grants for the same conference.
  • Eligibility and the application link for the UGAR grants are listed below.

UGAR Senior Conference Grants

Up to $1000 for seniors to present their research at a national or international academic conference:

  • The research must have been conducted in collaboration with or under the supervision of a Dartmouth faculty member (college or professional school faculty)
  • The presentation can be a talk, poster, or other format, and the student can be an individual author or one of multiple authors on the project
  • The presentation must be at a national academic conference (e.g. Society for Neuroscience, the American Geophysical Union, American Astronomical Society)
  • Presentations at an undergraduate research conference held by another college/university are not eligible for these grants (but see Undergraduate Conference Grants below)
  • Only seniors are eligible, and this includes the summer before senior year
  • In some cases, grants may be awarded to students presenting research after graduation. The student must provide a compelling justification for the request, and the conference cannot take place more than 3 months after graduation. In addition, the research must have been conducted primarily prior to graduation.

UGAR Undergraduate Conference Grants

Up to $500 for undergraduates to present their research at a national conference OR an undergraduate research conference:

  • Conference grants are awarded to students presenting research conducted in collaboration with or under the supervision of a Dartmouth faculty member (college or professional school faculty).
  • However, in special circumstances, funding may be awarded to students to attend a conference at which they are not presenting. In these cases, there must be a compelling justification for the request to be considered. Attending an academic conference would be beneficial for any undergraduate, so there must be an additional strong rationale.

Other sources for conference funding

Funding for students to present research at conferences:

  • Neukom Institute Travel Grants: For presenting research that involves computational techniques in any academic discipline
  • Council on Undergraduate Research: Dartmouth is an institutional member, and travel awards are available in some disciplines, including Social Sciences and Biology
  • Academic departments: Some academic departments/programs have funding for students to present at conferences. Funding is generally restricted to majors. Contact individual departments/programs for information.

Funding for students to attend conferences related to academics or careers:

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