With college tuition skyrocketing and the high cost of books, it can be difficult for students to pay for registration fees and airfare to attend IEEE conferences. Thus, they could lose a number of worthwhile opportunities such as presenting research papers, participating in technical talks, and networking with others. To offset some of the costs, IEEE is offering its student members a number of travel grants. Unlike student loans, the grants do not have to be repaid.
Some societies provide money to students who submit what the societies deem to be the best research papers related to their fields of interest. For example, the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society waives the registration fee and covers a portion of the travel costs for its Engineering in Medicine and Biology Conference for student members who place first in its annual student paper competition.
Other societies offer grants to students whose papers have already been accepted by one of their conferences. For example, the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society gives stipends of up to US $2,000 each to four students to attend a society-sponsored conference or workshop.
Some grants are based on need. The IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society awards up to $500 each year to help accomplished students who would otherwise not be able to afford to attend one of its conferences. The IEEE Signal Processing Society awards several grants each year of up to $1,000 each to students in developing countries.
HELP FROM THE IEEE FOUNDATION
A number of travel grants are also funded by the IEEE Foundation. Interested in attending next year’s IEEE International Microwave Symposium? You might want to apply for the Harold Sobol Travel Grant, established in 2006 to honor the microwave and communications pioneer.
Students interested in getting involved with developing IEEE standards should consider the Don Heirman EMCS Standards Travel Grant. It will provide money to students belonging to the IEEE Electromagnetic Compatibility Society to attend meetings of the society’s standards development committee. The grant is sponsored by Heirman, an IEEE Life Fellow and founder of the Lucent Technologies Global Product Compliance Laboratory, in Naperville, Ill.
Each grant program has its own application process and eligibility requirements. Although many of the deadlines for 2014 grants have passed, there is still time to apply for grants to attend conferences in 2015.