Grants for Conference Travel

Grants for Conference Attendance

Wellesley College provides funding opportunities for students who are presenting their work at a scholarly conference.   Students in the humanities and social sciences (excluding psychology) can apply for a Conference Travel Grant (application form available here:

Ordinarily no retroactive awards will be made and a student will be funded for only one conference or the equivalent of $750 per academic year.   (Note that students enrolled in a 350 or 360 can also apply for a Research Grant or Multicultural Research Grant, some portion of which might be used for conference travel.)

Philosophy majors and minors, or students currently taking a philosophy class, who have either:

a) exhausted the conference travel funds available to them through the College, or

b) are attending, but not presenting at, a scholarly conference with a connection to philosophy

may apply to the Philosophy department for reimbursement of travel costs associated with conference attendance. Interested students should submit a brief application via email to the Chair of the Philosophy department, including the following information:

  • Name of student
  • Major/minor
  • Conference title and location
  • (If presenting) title and brief abstract of paper
  • (If merely attending) a short paragraph explaining how the conference connects to the student’s interests or course-work
  • Estimated cost of travel to the conference
  • The source of any other funding for this conference that the student has requested or received
  • The amount of funding that the student has received from the Philosophy department for conference travel in the current and previous years.

Please note:

  • Because funds are limited, not all applications will be successful.
  • Students can maximize their chances of receiving funding by submitting an application as early as possible in the academic year.
  • Students who attend philosophy conferences (as opposed to interdisciplinary conferences or conferences in other disciplines) are likely to receive priority.
  • Normally awards will not exceed $300 for any particular conference or $400 for any particular student per year.

Contact Us

Contact Us

Department of Philosophy
Founders Hall 322
Wellesley College
106 Central Street
Wellesley, MA 02481

Mary Kate McGowan
Department Chair

Deborah Feld-Fabisiewicz
Administrative Assistant

Tel: 781.283.2620