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Student Author Travel Grants

The Society offers a small number of supplemental travel grants to eligible and selected student authors who plan to present and publish an accepted paper at an SPIE meeting.

What does this grant cover?
Each grant is intended to partially reimburse travel expenses (airfare, ground transportation, and/or hotel). Meals and the conference registration fee are not eligible for reimbursement. Grants typically range from $250-$500 USD per domestic traveler and $300-$750 USD per international traveler, but may be less.

Who is eligible?

  • You must be a full-time student author in a high school, undergraduate, or graduate program, who will present your accepted paper at an SPIE conference and submit your manuscript to be published in the Proceedings of SPIE.
  • You must submit your complete application and a letter of recommendation from your advisor or department head by the deadline.
  • Postdoctoral students (students who have completed their PhD, ScD, or MD program) are not eligible.
  • If you have received an SPIE Student Author Travel Grant or Newport Research Excellence Travel Award for any SPIE meeting within the last 12 months, you are not eligible.
  • If you have received an SPIE Officer Travel Grant this year, or within the last 12 months, you are not eligible.

Apply for the SPIE Student Author Travel Grant
Applicants are judged on financial need and merit. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

SPIE Meeting Application Deadline
Astronomical Telescopes + Instrumentation 2014 Apply after 21-Feb 14-Apr-14
Optics + Photonics 2014 Apply after 14-Apr 9-Jun-14
Scanning Microscopies 2014 Apply after 4-Jun 7-Jul-14
Photomask Technology 2014 Apply after 4-Jun 8-Jul-14
Remote Sensing 2014 Apply after 13-Jun 14-Jul-14
Security + Defence 2014 Apply after 13-Jun 14-Jul-14
Photonics West 2015 (BiOS, LASE, & OPTO) Apply after 6-Oct 1-Dec-14
SPIE/IS&T Electronic Imaging 2015 Apply after 6-Oct 1-Dec-14
Medical Imaging 2015 Apply after 24-Oct 15-Dec-14
Advanced Lithography 2015 Apply after 24-Oct 15-Dec-14
Smart Structures/NDE 2015 Apply after 3-Nov 29-Dec-14
Optics + Optoelectronics 2015 Apply after 23-Jan 2-Feb-15
DSS 2015 Apply after 15-Dec 9-Feb-15

When are grant applicants notified?
Grant applicants will be notified approximately two weeks after the application deadline.

How are grant recipients reimbursed?
Grant recipients must collect and submit a copy of their travel receipts for reimbursement within 30 days of the meeting. Reimbursements will be made by check after the meeting. Reimbursements will not exceed the total amount of the submitted receipts.

Questions about the SPIE Student Author Travel Grant?
Contact the SPIE Conference Program Coordinator