We are proud to announce that IMC 2019 is again able to support conference attendance by students with travel grants.
Student Travel Grants
The purpose of this program is to encourage graduate student participation at the conference by funding the travel cost for students who would otherwise be unable to attend.
Eligibility: Applicants to this grant must be a student at the time of attending IMC 2019 to qualify.
Selection criteria: The student statement/letter and advisor letter(s) weigh strongly in selecting students for an IMC travel grant. Generally, travel grants are awarded to PhD students pursuing research in areas of interest to IMC. We rarely consider master students and do not consider postdocs.
- Students from under-represented groups or institutions. Additionally, grants are spread across institutions, and the historical tendency is to award one travel grant per institution.
- Students who authored rejected IMC papers.
- Students who have not received a prior IMC travel grant.
- Student authors of accepted papers who will not themselves be speaking at the conference.
The factors above represent our rough prioritization. We also take into account extenuating circumstances that are discussed in statements and letters. In addition to this, we prioritize equal representation and diversity.
Funding level: The expectation is that a student travel grant will significantly offset air fare, shared hotel accommodation, and registration. It may not fully cover these expenses, however, since our desire is to maximize participation by students.
Note for presenting student authors: we generally expect presenting authors to be sponsored by their institution, and will generally not consider student authors for travel grants. If, however, you would struggle to attend IMC without a travel grant because your institution cannot sponsor your travel, please indicate so clearly in your application.
How to Apply
Your application must include the following:
A resume with complete contact information and correct e-mail address.
A short personal statement (1 or 2 paragraphs, no more than 1 page) that includes information that the applicant feels is relevant to support their case, e.g., why the conference attendance is important to the applicant’s research and career development. It must include the estimated expenses for attending the conference (total, and breakdown by conference registration, travel, lodging, and meals). If you will be unable to attend IMC without a travel grant, please explain why this is the case.
A letter (max. 1 page) from your advisor (or a faculty contact if you do not have an advisor), which should:
- confirm the applicant’s good standing in the institution;
- explain why the applicant would benefit from attending IMC as well as how they could contribute to the conference; and
- explain the current funding status and why the applicant is in need of the travel grant.
Submit your application as a single PDF file at https://imc19travelgrants.hotcrp.com.
Please pay attention to the following details about the travel grant application and reimbursement process:
Tell us if you are a student at a US institution (so we can determine which travel grants budget to use).
Please provide complete contact information. We will need to have your current mailing address. (Please take into account any address changes you may have near the time of the stipend deadline, for example due to school breaks.) You will be notified via em-ail, so make sure your e-mail address is correct on your application.
In order to obtain reimbursement, you must provide IMC with your original receipts for air fare and hotel expenses.
There are no restrictions on which airline or accommodation provider you book, although we do expect you to prefer affordable accommodation over more expensive options.
NOTE to those awarded a travel grant: The reimbursement process can take in the order of several months so please be patient!
The decision on student travel grants is made by the IMC Student Travel Grant Committee; all decisions are final.
Grant applicants should ensure that they have the proper travel documents (i.e., a visum) to travel to and enter The Netherlands, and to return to their home institution after the conference. If you are unsure if you need a visum, please consult the travel information on the IMC web page.
Please note that late applications will not be considered.