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Student Author Conference Support

Student Author Conference Support

The Society offers a small number of conference registration fee waivers to eligible and selected SPIE Student Members who are authors, and plan to present and publish an accepted paper at an SPIE meeting that offers the fee waivers.

Contact MemberSupport@spie.org

• One conference registration fee which is not transferrable.

The applicant

• Must be a current Student Member of SPIE

• Must be a full-time student author in a high school, undergraduate, or graduate program

• Must have an accepted paper

• Must submit your manuscript to be published in the proceedings of SPIE

• Must be available to present at an SPIE meeting

• Must submit your complete application by the deadline

Please note: Student authors are eligible to receive one fee waiver per calendar year. Multiple fee waivers per year will not be awarded. Students are not eligible if they have completed their PhD, ScD, or MD program.

• Fee waivers will be selected through a lottery process.

• Applicants will be notified approximately 2-3 weeks after the application deadline.

• Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

• Not all SPIE meetings offer student author conference support; see list below to see which meetings have open applications.

• Applications open after we notify authors of acceptance and placement in the conference program.

• If you are eligible to apply, locate the corresponding meeting below (where you will be presenting your paper), click on the application link, and complete your application before the deadline.



SPIE meetings

Optics + Photonics 1–5 August 2021 Closed
30 April 2021
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Security + Defence 13–16 September 2021 Closed
17 July 2021
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Remote Sensing 13–16 September 2021 Closed
17 July 2021
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Photonics West 22–27 January 2022 Application Opens
Opens Soon>
Medical Imaging 20–24 February 2022 Application Opens
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Smart Structures + NDE 6–10 March 2022 Application Opens
29 October 2021
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Defense + Commercial Sensing 3–7 April 2022 Application Opens
3 December 2021
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MKS Instruments

Student author conference support for Photonics West and Optics + Photonics is sponsored by MKS Instruments.
SPIE thanks MKS for their generous support of the program


SPIE is incorporated in the state of California, USA, and abides by US laws that may restrict cash awards to residents of some countries. To qualify for an award, students and institutions must be eligible to receive funds under US federal guidelines.