Conference Funding


Funding Options:

I want to attend a conference – what funding is available to me?

  • Student Council: Every MD & MD/PhD student is eligible to receive a maximum of $450 per semester to attend conferences. You do not need to be presenting to receive this funding. This money comes from Medical Education so it is only available to MD & MD/PhD students.
  • Medical Student Research Office (MSRO): MD & MD/PhD students who are presenting first-author work are also eligible for up to $500, or 50 percent of eligible expenses, per year. This does not require matching funds from a mentor, only a letter stating they cannot support you. Again, this funding is only available to MD & MD/PhD students.
  • Mentors: All students, regardless of their program, should speak with their mentors, advisors, and departments to see if funding is available to help cover conference costs.

High-Yield Information:

Before Your Conference:

Ok, how do I actually get this funding?

  • Apply Early. To maximize your reimbursement, you should apply for MSRO and Student Council funding at least five weeks before the conference. While it is still possible to receive funds for requests submitted at least two weeks before the conference, you might receive less funding than if you had applied earlier. This is particularly important for the Student Council funding as only $4,500 can be spent on each conference and initial funding decisions will be made five weeks prior to a conference.
  • Before doing anything, email Student Affairs to confirm you are in good academic standing.
  • If you are presenting your own research, apply for MSRO funding prior to Student Council funding.
  • Fill out the Student Council Application

This is a large charge – can Medical Education front some of the money?

Yes! It is possible for Medical Education to pay for various expenses that are part of a conference; however, they need to be itemized and within the amount of funding you’ve received. For example, it is possible for MedEd to pay for a hotel room or conference registration fee. The earlier you reach out to, the more likely it is that this can be successfully arranged. At a minimum, you should reach out two weeks in advance. 
  • Take a screenshot/picture of the order and price.
  • Send this screenshot/picture, along with the link, to at least two weeks in advance of the event.
  • The payment will then be processed.

After Your Conference:

I had a great time – now what do I need to do?

Regardless of funding source, you must fill out the Travel Itemization Form and submit receipts to Rolando Caraballo in Annenberg 13-30 within two weeks of returning from the conference. Importantly, this applies to all receipts, regardless of what funding source is paying for them. It will take about three-four weeks for receipts to be processed. In addition to the reimbursement form, please submit:

  • Travel tickets (including boarding passes, if relevant).
  • Original receipts for hotel, food, taxi, and registration.
  • For items charged to a credit card, submit a copy of the credit card statement with those expenses circled. Your name should appear on the credit card statement (all information on the statement other than name and last 4 digits of card number can be blocked out).
  • Items charged to someone else’s credit card (parents or spouse), a letter of explanation must accompany the credit card statement.

I’m Confused:

Can I just talk to someone?

Yes – email with any and all questions. It is always better to address questions before money has been spent than afterwards.


Is it possible to use conference funding for other professional development activities/fees?

Yes — email with specific questions/situations.