Undergraduate Conference Funding

Conference Funding has been exhausted for the 2023/2024 academic year (including summer conferences). Applications are no longer being accepted.

The Office of Undergraduate Research and Inquiry is offering grants to cover the costs of virtual or in-person conference participation. Grants can cover registration fees and/or associated travel costs. Up to $500 is available for students who are attending a conference to present research or design (poster session or oral presentation). Up to $100 is available for students only attending. You may apply before your conference or retroactively for reimbursement, though grants are not guaranteed.


  • Currently enrolled students
    • Preference given to students whose presentation has resulted from substantive, ongoing research
    • Century Scholars and students in the Rice Undergraduate Scholars Program (RUSP) are not eligible
  • Winners must agree to present research during Inquiry Weeks in April

How to Apply

The following should be submitted to OURI (ouri@rice.edu) as a single PDF document:

  • copy of abstract submitted to conference and letter of acceptance *only for those applying for grants to support presentation (up to $500)
  • statement (300 words) explaining relevance of conference to your academic and career plans
  • budget listing conference registration cost
  • registration receipts for those who have already attended conference
  • transcript
  • resume

In addition, a letter of support from your faculty advisor should be sent to ouri@rice.edu *only for those applying for grants to support presentation (up to $500).

Applications are reviewed on the last Thursday of each month.