Graduate Studies

Academic Conference Fund

For Graduate Students

The purpose of these non-competitive grants is to encourage student presentations at academic conferences by offsetting the cost of attendance. Awards of up to $500.00 (up to $750.00 for international travel) will be given to those invited to present or perform at a conference/meeting.

Please allow 10 business days for grant application review.

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Students are expected to adhere to GVSU's Student Code.  Failure to meet these requirements may result in loss of funding by ACF.


Funding eligibility is open to all students who meet the following:

  • Are at least a halftime student of Grand Valley State University at time of travel (6 credits for undergraduates and 3 credits for graduate students)
  • Have the written support from a faculty member who can attest to the quality for the student’s work or the academic benefit of attending the conference/meeting
  • Are in good financial and judiciary standing with the University
  • Are in good academic standing with the University
  • Have had their research accepted for a poster or presentation at a professional conference, or whose creative work is accepted for an exhibition or performance at a state, regional, or national competitive, juried event.

Students may be awarded only one conference grant per fiscal year. Applications will be accepted on a per quarter basis for the July 1-June 30 fiscal year until funds are depleted. Funding awards will be on a first come, first served basis.

Applications are due no later than 30 days before the intended travel.

If travel is between:

You should apply:

July 1 - September 30

June 1 - August 31

October 1 - December 31

September 1 - November 30

January 1 - March 31

December 1 - February 28

April 1 - June 30

March 1 - May 31


Apply Online

Grant Requirements

1.    Submit the ACF Conference Report and Reflection to the Office of Graduate Studies within 10 business days from the last day of the conference, in addition to reconciling the monies from the grant. Reports need to be typed.

       Conference Report and Reflection examples can be found here.

2.    Students with the reimbursement option must fill out a Travel & Expense form.  Please allow 12-15 business days for reimbursement checks to arrive.

3.     Students who are eligible for the Stored Value Debit Card (SVDC) option must fill out a reconciliation form and print a statement from the National City website.  Students who do not complete the required forms will be required to reimburse the total cost of the grant.


For reimbursement after the conference the student must submit to the Office of Graduate Studies within 10 business days from the last day of the conference the following typed forms:

1.     ACF Report and Reflection Form, Activities Summary, and Reflection Essay

2.     Reimbursement Form:

o    Follow the Travel Form Instructions and the Travel & Expense Guidelines

o    Complete the appropriate Travel and Expense Form found on GVSU's Business and Finance webpage (the FIRST "Excel file to fill out and print" listed on the page)

o    Review the T&E EXAMPLE for more instructions on how to complete the form

Grand Valley State University complies with the IRS regulations on reimbursements. Please be sure to review the GVSU Travel Policy and Procedures.

For more instruction, please see the ACF Grant Reimbursement Process instructional video.

Students who may have a hardship in waiting for a reimbursement may contact us at with an explanation of your circumstances.

Page last modified March 12, 2014