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The UI’s Research Fund – Travel Grants



The board of the UI Research fund announces grants for travel expenses. The grants are intended to assist recipients with travel costs regarding conferences abroad in 2021. The applicant is expected to have a presentation or other academic contribution at the conference he/she applies for. It is also possible to apply for travel costs regarding courses or summer schools abroad in 2021. However, the general premise for the grant allocation is that applications due to courses or summer schools come secondary to applications due to conferences. In other words, academic participation in a conference (presentation, poster or other academic contribution) is a key element of prioritization for the grant allocation.


It is clear that the spread of COVID-19 has had effected large number of international conferences, just as other events and gatherings, last year. Many international conferences have been postponed or even cancelled due to the spread of the COVID-19 virus around the world. However, many conference holders with planned events intend to carry on with their schedules until further notice and have even changed them to online events.

PhD students are therefore encouraged to apply for these travel grants for conferences they have already participated in, or for conferences that are still open for papers or have yet to formally announce their call for papers deadline.

Applicants must attend to the annual course registration in March each year to be eligible for applying for the travel grant. The main criteria for the grant is an accepted abstract or other kind of an academic contribution at a conference; a proof of registration for a course or a summer school along with a short description on how the participation benefits the student‘s PhD studies (MAX 1500 characters).

If the conference programme is not ready in time for the travel grant application deadline, or approval of the student‘s academic contribution, then applicants are asked to give as detailed information as possible on the nature of the conference in application form. In such cases a grant can be awarded, but is conditioned on the Division of Science and Research receiving better information on the conference and/or a valid confirmation of the student‘s academic contribution. The allocation of grants is subject to approved abstracts (or other proof of the student’s contribution) at the conferences. For conferences attended before or during the application period, the confirmation of the student‘s contribution is to be submitted with the application. The same generally applies to applications for courses or summer schools abroad in regards to registration, and information thereof.

The amount of the grant is 100.000 ISK for the calendar year 2021.

The deadline for applications is May 3rd 2021.

Contact the Division of Science and Innovation for further information.

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