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Academic Conferences

The Undergraduate Fund for Academic Conferences (UFAC) will only consider applications for ONLINE conferences until University-sponsored travel restrictions due to the spread of COVID-19  (both domestic and international) have been lifted.

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Undergraduate Fund for Academic Conferences (UFAC)

The Office of Undergraduate Research established the Undergraduate Fund for Academic Conferences in 2012 to enable more undergraduate students to participate in academic conferences and workshops related to their independent work or other research activities. Priority is given to those who seek to present their research or scholarship in the form of a virtual paper, talk, or poster. Approximately 22 awards are distributed annually ranging from $500 - $750 per award.

Eligibility

This funding application is open to all currently enrolled undergraduates.

How to Apply and When

You can apply for UFAC funding between September and early May by logging onto the Student Activities Funding Engine (SAFE) and searching for the Undergraduate Fund for Academic Conferences listed under the "Independent Projects" activity type. While applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, they must be completed at least one month before the beginning of the conference in order to receive full consideration. Applications for retroactive funding will not be considered. The online application will require that you provide:

  • The name of the faculty adviser who will serve as recommender for this funding application. (Before submitting their name, please confirm that they are agreeable to completing the online form in support of your application and can speak to your academic qualifications as well as how your participation in the conference pertains to your research and/or independent work.) No project will be funded without a strong faculty endorsement.
  • A detailed itemized budget
  • An electronic copy of your accepted abstract (if applicable)
  • A project statement (<200 words) describing how your participation in the conference will impact your course of study and/or independent work at Princeton. The statement should also include the conference title, website, start and end dates, and your role in the conference (attendee or presenter). Please indicate whether you have applied for and/or secured other sources of funding for this conference.
  • Your planned itinerary
  • Any special qualifications that have prepared you to participate in the conference

Expense Guidelines

Funding may be used only for the following expenses and does not cover the costs of personal items, entertainment, or social activities:

  • Conference registration fees

Tax Implications and Award Conditions

UFAC awards are typically paid as a reimbursement once the conference has ended (see Post-Project Requirements section below).

Awards are considered taxable income with varying implications for Domestic and International status. Please consider your award’s potential tax implications and consult with the Office of Finance and Treasury (link is external) if you have questions.

In accepting this award, the recipient is expected to recognize the Office of Undergraduate Research as the source of this funding in the acknowledgment section of their poster and/or talk and in any subsequent publications that may result from this project. The student is also expected to fulfill all of the post-project requirements described below as well as requirements listed in the SAFE application's Terms and Conditions section.

Post-Project Requirements

Within a week following the conference, the student must complete their post-project requirements by accessing the "Complete My Project" page in SAFE, linked from the student's "Current Projects" page:

  • Upload a summary (< 200 words) of contributions at the conference and explanation of how the experience has impacted the student's course of study and/or independent work at Princeton.
  • Upload a copy of the accepted conference abstract or presentation (as applicable)
  • Complete the itemized list of actual expenses and upload receipts in support of the budget
  • Upload a screenshot picture of you at the conference (preferably related to presenting your research or participating in the conference program). In addition, please submit a caption for the photo (and credit as appropriate) that OUR can use for a post on its social media platform

Once the post-project requirements are completed, your award will be processed for payment.

Email Enquiries

To contact the Office of Undergraduate Research regarding UFAC, please send your email inquiries to undergraduate.research@princeton.edu (link sends e-mail).

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