conference presentation funding

Applications for conference presentation funding are now open!
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The Sexualities Project at Northwestern (SPAN) is pleased to offer a limited amount of financial support to graduate students for the purpose of presenting their work at professional conferences and workshops. Students are invited to apply for up to $500 in support to offset expenses related to their participation at conferences or workshops at which they present their work related to sexuality or sexual orientation. At the time of application, a conference proposal or abstract need not have been accepted, but one must have been submitted. Reimbursed expenses can include transportation, lodging, meals, and conference fees.

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

Please note: these funds are intended to cover research expenses that are related to conference or workshop travel. For research expenses that are not travel-related, please apply for graduate student Research Funding at:

For information on conference presentation travel grants that have been awarded in the past, click here.

During AY 2020-21, applications will be accepted through the academic year, with the following quarterly deadlines:

  • Monday, October 19th, 2020 for conferences/workshops taking place during Fall Quarter 2020, Winter Quarter 2021, and Spring Quarter 2021.
  • Monday, January 25th, 2021 for conferences/workshops taking place during Winter, Spring, and Summer Quarters 2021.
  • Monday, April 19th, 2020 for conferences/workshops taking place during Spring Quarter 2020, Summer Quarter 2020, and Fall Quarter 2021.

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

This application process is 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 if applicable.

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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