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Student Conference Award Program (S-CAP)

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Have you ever wanted to attend a professional or academic conference? Do you have a paper you would like to present at a national meeting? Would you like to expand your networking opportunities? Are the travel expenses too costly? Then, S-CAP program is for you!

The Student Conference Award Program (S-CAP) is a travel grant designed to provide undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to obtain funding to attend an academic or professional conference in their field of study. The maximum award is $600.00 and may include: travel, lodging, airport shuttle or taxi fees, and conference registration fees.

Program Eligibility Requirements and Limits:

  • Must be a registered UNM student at the time of the event.
  • Must be in a degree seeking program at the time of their event.
  • Must be in good academic standing, i.e. no academic probationary status.
  • Must submit application prior to attending event. 
  • Limit of two students may be awarded to a conference – if yours is the 3rd application received to a particular conference it will automatically be placed on a waiting list.
  • A student may only receive this award two times.

All awards are processed through the Student Financial Aid Office as Travel Grants and may be subject to taxation.

We accept applications each semester and begin accepting them approximately one (1) month prior to the first day of classes. (Based on the Office of Registrar's Academic Calendar)

*Each semester the funding period is counted from the first day of class (Based on the Office of Registrar's Academic Calendar) through the end of the following semester break.

  • We do not accept applications earlier than the posted date.
  • Your application must be submitted prior to attending the conference. 

Application Details

Funding period dates and the date we begin accepting applications for that semester:

  • Fall 2018 (Aug 20, 2018 to Dec 15, 2018) – Begin accepting applications – July 27, 2018.
    • Applications will not be accepted for the fall semester period after December 1, 2018.
  • Spring 2019 (Dec 16, 2018 to May 11, 2019) – Begin accepting applications – November 16, 2018.
    • Applications will not be accepted for the spring semester period after April 30, 2019.  
  • Summer 2019 (May 12, 2019 to Jul 27, 2019) – Begin accepting applications – April 12, 2019. 
    • Applications will not be accepted for the summer semester period after July 1, 2019.
  • Fall 2019 (Jul 28, 2019 to Dec 14, 2019) – Begin accepting applications – June 28, 2019. 
    • Applications will not be accepted for the fall semester period after December 1, 2019

S-CAP Application Packet

Past Conferences



For more information contact Cathy Chalk at 277-7794.