Graduate Student Council Conference Funding

 Graduate Conference Funding

If you would like to request funding for conference travel, then please fill out the downloadable Conference Funding Form and submit it to the Student Life Office in Nazareth Student Center, Room 107.

The following are general guidelines that will be followed in awarding funding, but they are subject to change at the discretion of the Graduate Student Council:
  • You must apply for funding four weeks prior to the conference. Funding will not be granted after the conference has been attended. Special circumstances will be considered if four weeks’ notice is not given, but not guaranteed.
  • Conference funding will only be awarded for conferences that do not provide training of any kind.
  • This funding is meant to serve as a supplement towards conference expenses. This service does not guarantee payment of all expenses.
  • Conference funding is distributed on a first come first serve basis (funds are equally distributed between the fall and spring semesters)
  • Funding requests are not accepted between the months of May and August. Graduate Student Council does not allocate funding during summer months.
  • Please keep in mind that all conference funding submissions are FINAL. No alternations may be made to your funding request after submission and GSC will not consider additional compensation for any reason.

Still unsure about what is eligible?

Here are some examples of past conferences that graduate students have received funding for. If you present at a conference, then you will be provided with additional compensation. 

  • American Speech, Language, Hearing Association Convention
  • The Symposium on Military-Connected Students
  • Chi Sigma Iota PA Statewide Conference
  • American College of Healthcare Executives
  • 2018 American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting

** The percentage allotted for registration, accommodations, and travel will be awarded on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the GSC committee.


  • Up to 100% can be awarded (amounts will vary based on the total amount of funding needed by the students and discretion will be left up to the GSC committee).


  • Up to 50% of travel (airfare, gas*, rent a car, bus, taxi etc.) will be reimbursed if receipts are provided to the GSC. Plane tickets may be reimbursed up to 50% if the conference is located more than six hours by car from Scranton, PA.
  • International travel will be considered on a case by case basis
  • Travel mileage will be based on the IRS standards of 57.5 cents per mile

Housing Accommodations

  • Up to 50% of accommodations money will be reimbursed if receipts are provided to the GSC


  • The GSC does not reimburse for food/meals purchased during conferences.

Other Considerations

  • Approval from the department chair
  • Number of other students attending the conference
  • Whether or not the student is presenting at the conference
  • Presenters will be considered for 75% reimbursement for travel and accommodations with evidence of presentation material (PowerPoint slides, agenda etc.)