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Student Conference Fund

The Nelson Institute provides limited funding for Drake students to attend regional and national conferences that focus on global or international topics. 

Funding ranges from $100-$250 depending upon both costs and the level of student participation (e.g., more funding is provided where a student presents a paper, serves as a discussant or engages in other types of active participation).

Application should include: Name, major(s), year in school, title, location and dates of conference, conference web address, registration cost (if any), mode of transportation to the conference and a brief paragraph explaining how the conference relates to the student’s academic goals and what form of participation the student will engage at the conference. Applications that fail to address all of these items will not be considered.

Please send applications for funding to Nelson Institute Director Jimmy Senteza.

Here is a brief list of student and professional conferences eligible for funding (students may also identify other relevant conferences on their own).

2015 Walsh Exchange: A Conference on International Relations Research - Georgetown University

Global Affairs Symposium: Conceptualizing the Global – Recontextualizing the Local, Regional and International - Rutgers University Division of Global Affairs

Pittsburgh Asia Consortium Annual Undergraduate Asian Studies Conference - University of Pittsburgh

Human Rights Conference - University of Dayton 

International Studies Association Midwest Annual Conference – St. Louis