Travel Grant


The Travel Fund Grant is designed to support the conference-related travel expenses of MIT graduate students in all Schools throughout the Institute. Specifically, this fund is allocated to conference travel expenses (including lodging) that are not currently funded by the student’s advisor or other MIT-related funding.


The Travel Grant is provided for domestic or international travel for the following purposes:

  • Travel to an academic or industry-related conference where the grantee will present a poster or paper.
  • Travel to an academic or industry-related conference where the grantee will participate or is invited as a panelist or discussant.
  • One grant will be awarded per graduate student per academic year (Fall, Spring, Summer) with a ceiling of $1000.
  • Grant applications must be received (or the GSC must be notified) at least two weeks before the student attends the conference.

If you are a recipient of a Travel Grant, you will be directed to contact the GSC Financial Administrator for reimbursement for your expenses. All expenses are reimbursable, and travel advances will not be granted. Food expenses during the conference period are reimbursable up to $30 per day if meals are not included as part of the conference package. Original receipts and a copy of the conference proceeding must be submitted.

Proposals are reviewed on the basis of the following criteria:

  • The extent to which the research or conference travel is currently unfunded or unsupported by the applicant’s advisor, department, or the larger Institute.
  • The degree to which the activity will enhance the academic experience of the MIT graduate student and/or expand his/her networks of linkages with other leading scholars or institutions.
  • The academic and professional merit of the candidate.



Cycle Deadlines

Travel grant proposals are evaluated in three cycles each year. Please apply to the correct cycle according to the dates of intended travel:

Grant Period Application Deadline Notification Travel Period Covered
Fall October 1 October 14 September 15 – February 29
Spring February 15 March 7 February 15 – June 15
Summer June 1 June 15 May 15 – October 15


Questions? Please contact Monika Avello at

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