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 2021 (August 1, 2021 to December 18, 2021) – Begin accepting applications – July 1, 2021
  • Spring 2022 (Dec 19, 2021 to May 14, 2022) – Begin accepting applications – November 19, 2021
  • Summer 2022 (May 15, 2022 to Aug 1, 2022) – Begin accepting applications – April 15, 2022

S-CAP Application Packet

Past Conferences


For more information contact Cathy Chalk at 277-7794.