Supporting the Graduate Student Experience

WPI is committed to supporting graduate students throughout their educational experience. From resources that support travel expenses while students present their research findings to workshops that prepare students for post-graduation success---the Office of Graduate Studies is instituting and expanding programming specific to their needs.

PhD Global Research Experience Award

Enhance your doctoral experience at WPI and apply for the new global research award. Deadline is February 10, 2017.

Graduate Student Government

The Graduate Student Government (GSG) is the governing body of the graduate students at WPI.  Our mission is to promote graduate life and we fulfill this by being the effective graduate student voie, communicating with faculty and administration, and providing academic and social functions for current and incoming graduate students.

Graduate Student Travel Fund

Currently accepting applications for Spring 2017!   

(Application deadline is May 1st, 2017.)

To apply for conference travel assistance, you must complete the application. The application will be available again once the assistance program reopens.

There are two parts. The first part is completed by the graduate student. When the student enters the advisor's email address, a second part of the application will be sent directly to the advisor. Both parts must be completed for consideration.

Funding is competitive and limited, and a review process will be used to evaluate applications.  

General Guidelines   

  • All WPI graduate students are eligible to apply and must still be a WPI graduate student at the time of the conference itself. 
  • You can apply only if you are giving an oral or poster presentation at a regional, national, or international meeting.   
  • Funds may not be used to attend a meeting if you are not the presenting author.    
  • Funds may not be used for networking or collaborative visits that are not associated with a conference.   
  • Funds cannot be used for society memberships.
  • Students may apply no more than once per academic year.    
  • There is no limit on the number of graduate students from a Principal Investigator's group that may apply each year, but this may affect the award decisions.  
  • If an award is being made, the student will be given $500 or $1000 towards travel including conference registration, travel to the meeting location, and hotel accommodations. (Meals are not covered by the Travel Fund.) The Principal Investigator or Department/Program should fund the rest of the costs. The student should not be responsible for these expenses. 
  • All expense reports should be turned in to the Dean of Graduate Studies in Boynton. Hall within one month of the date of the conference. Any funds not claimed within one month of the conference date will be forfeited.