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Conference Presentation Funding

The Graduate College is currently offering a limited number of funding opportunities that are available to graduate students at Boise State University for online presentations at academic conferences (including performances, exhibitions, readings, and lecture recitals for graduate students in the arts). Award funding will cover the fees that conference organizations charge for participation, but not for organizational membership fees or annual dues.

A panel of judges reviews applications and makes award recommendations to the Dean of the Graduate College. The panel review, final decision, and award notifications will take place within four weeks of the submission deadline.

Applications for fall term presentation funding are closed.


To be eligible for Graduate College academic conference funding you must meet the following criteria:

  1. Applicants must be enrolled (part- or full-time) in a master’s or doctoral program at Boise State University. For conference participation that occurs during the subsequent semester, applicants must be enrolled (part- or full-time) in a master’s or doctoral program at Boise State University during that semester.
  2. Applicants must be in good standing (students with a provisional or conditional admission status and students on academic probation are not eligible).
  3. Participation in the conference must take place after the award call – awards will not be made for conferences that occurred before the call opens.
  4. The conference date must take place before the date the applicant submits their final reading copy of their thesis/dissertation and before their anticipated graduation date.

Preference will be given to applicants who were enrolled in 5 or more credits in their graduate program in the semester in which they apply. Although all entries are eligible for awards, preference will be given to entries that have been accepted (with proof of acceptance from the conference or venue). Podium or paper presentations, including presentations in the arts, generally receive more favorable reviews than submissions for poster presentations. Preference will be given to single-author presentations as opposed to co-presented (with a coauthor or major advisor) submissions. Preference will be given to submissions that haven’t received or been assigned funding; preference will be given to submissions that aren’t eligible for departmental funding or funding from a major advisor (e.g. via external grant).

Students may submit a single application. Conference participation funding will not be awarded for past participation, including any conferences that occurred before the award call.

Distribution and Reporting

Award funding will be distributed directly to the recipients’ home departments upon proof of conference presentation acceptance. All recipients should submit receipts for reimbursement to their home department, per the home department’s rules for reimbursement. If the conference is cancelled or the presentation doesn’t occur, the home department will return the award funding to the Graduate College. All award recipients are asked to submit information to the Graduate College about their presentation (e.g., presentation title, abstract, and academic conference program, to be provided when the presentation is accepted and the conference program is published).

The Alfred M. Dufty, Jr. Award

The Alfred M. Dufty, Jr. Award was created to honor the memory of Dr. Al Dufty, much-loved friend and mentor to many at Boise State University. The funds made available through this award are used to pay the travel expenses of four outstanding graduate students each year, enabling them to present their research results at a professional meeting.

This award has been temporarily reallocated to support graduate students presenting at online academic conferences.

Learn more about the Alfred M. Dufty, Jr. Award