Doctoral Student Travel Stipend

  • Doctoral Student Conference Travel Application

    The Office of Engineering Research (OER) and the Michael E. Watts Memorial Engineering Fellowship provide travel support, in the amount of $1000, for presentation of doctoral student research at professional conferences.

    Application and Award Schedule:

    Conference Date Application Deadline Awards Made
    Jan. 1 - Mar. 30, 2020 Dec. 1, 2019 Dec. 15, 2019
    Apr. 1 - Jun. 30, 2020 Mar. 1, 2020 Mar. 15, 2020
    Jul. 1 - Sep. 30, 2020 Jun. 1, 2020 Jun 15, 2020
    Oct. 1 – Dec. 31, 2020 Sep. 1, 2020 Sep. 15, 2020

    Award eligibility:

    1. Applicant must be a PhD student currently enrolled in the College of Engineering and must not have graduated before the conference presentation.
    2. Applicant must be presenting a paper or poster related to their doctoral research at an academic- or industry-related conference. The research should appear as a paper or abstract in the conference proceedings and the applicant should be listed as the first author. Please review this guide prior to submitting this application.
    3. Awardee is required to submit a report to the Office of Engineering Research (OER) about their conference experience within one month of returning. This report will be assessed to measure the impact of your award. Please review this example prior to submitting your conference report.

    Graduate students are eligible to receive only one award during their doctoral studies at New Mexico State University. Awards will be based on applicant’s progress toward the PhD and academic and professional merit. These awards are limited in number.

    Award criteria include progress toward the dissertation defense and how close to graduation the doctoral student is, level of advisor's external research funding and external support of graduate students, and h5-index or importance of conference.

  • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY
  • Please list other sources of conference travel support you will be receiving including that from the conference sponsor or professional organization, NMSU Graduate School, department, and/or advisor. Additional, outside support may improve your application.
  • SCImago Journal Rank (SJR indicator) is a measure of scientific influence of scholarly journals and conference proceedings that accounts for both the number of citations received by the publication and the importance or prestige of the publication where such citations come from. To obtain the H index of your conference, please go to and enter the conference name. Enter "0" if not available.
  • Example: J. Doe and J. Smith, "Paper Title," to appear in Proc. Int. Conf. on Something. (ICS), 2017.
  • Please attach a copy of the publication and a copy of the peer review (if available) as a single PDF file.
    Accepted file types: pdf.
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