conference presentation funding

Applications are now closed.
Fall cycle applications will open in September 2020.

The Sexualities Project at Northwestern (SPAN) helps graduate students to publicize their work and findings. Students are invited to apply for up to $500 in funding to offset expenses to attend conferences where they present work related to sexuality or sexual orientation. At the time of application, a proposal to present need not have been accepted, but must have been submitted. Reimbursed expenses can include transportation, lodging, meals, and conference fees. For information on conference presentation travel grants that have been awarded in the past, click here.

As conferences move to online platforms due to the current pandemic, we encourage students to apply for SPAN funds to cover expenses related to presentations in online academic conferences, including registration fees.

During 2019-20, applications are accepted at quarterly deadlines:

  • Friday, October 12th, 2019 for conferences taking place in Fall Quarter 2018; Winter and Spring Quarter 2019
  • Friday, January 25th, 2020 for conferences taking place in Winter, Spring, and Summer Quarter 2019
  • Monday, April 20th, 2020 for conferences taking place in Spring, Summer, and Fall Quarter 2019

Under certain circumstances, applications may be reviewed by special request prior to a quarterly deadline. Please e-mail Cassilyn Ostrander at to make such requests.

This application is now entirely online. There is no need to prepare additional documents or attachments. For future travel, please provide specific estimates obtained from airline, hotel, and travel websites.

You will receive an automated confirmation once it has been submitted. If you do not receive an email confirming its receipt within one week, please inquire at

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