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Student Conference Support

Student Author Conference Support

The Society will be offering a limited number of supplemental travel grants (airfare/lodging) and conference registration fee waivers to SPIE Student Members including Student Authors, Student Chapter Members, and Student Attendees who are planning to present or attend an SPIE meeting.

Contact MemberSupport@spie.org

• Up to $700 for domestic airfare/lodging; up to $1000 for international airfare/lodging*.

• One non-transferable conference registration fee waiver

It is strongly recommended when purchasing your airfare, to carefully review their cancellation policy. SPIE will only reimburse for airfare/lodging if students are able to attend.

All Applicants

• Must be a current Student Member of SPIE with an active membership through the dates of the conference you are presenting at or attending.

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

Student Authors

• 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.

Please note: Student Members are eligible to receive one conference support award every two years. Multiple support per year will not be considered.

Students are not eligible if they have completed their PhD, ScD, or MD program.

• All applicants will be notified approximately 1-2 weeks after the application deadline.

• If awarded, travel funding will be reimbursed after the conference via bank transfer. Receipts for airfare and/or lodging will be required

• Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

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

• If you are eligible to apply, locate the corresponding meeting below, click on the application link, and complete your application before the deadline.



SPIE meetings

Photonics West 22–27 January 2022 Application deadline
1 December 2021
Medical Imaging 20–24 February 2022 Application deadline
10 December 2021
Smart Structures + NDE 6–10 March 2022 Application Deadline
17 December 2021
Defense + Commercial Sensing 3–7 April 2022 Application Opens
6 December 2021
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Photonics Europe 3–7 April 2022 Application Opens
12 January 2022
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Astronomical Telescopes + Instrumentation 17-22 July 2022 Application Opens
6 April 2022
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Optics + Photonics 21-25 August 2022 Application Opens
18 April 2022
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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.