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Individual Research and Conference Grants (IRCG)

gsa-sponsored funding opportunities for bc graduate students

Individual Research and Conference Grants (IRCG)

The purpose of these grants is to support and facilitate graduate and professional student research initiatives and professional formation through attendance of professional conferences.  The program is modeled after the Research Expense Grant program for university faculty, and is designed to help offset the costs associated with scholarly research and conference attendance that is not directly funded by other agencies, schools/departments within the university, or grants to advising faculty members. 

No usual or customary expenses will be covered, such as rent, pay for assistants, transcription (except in case of a documented disability), or for resources which may be used or acquired for free through Boston College.

Typically, awards are granted to students whose research activities fall within three categories: (1) conference attendance, (2) general research, or (3) conference presentation.

In recent funding cycles, students in these categories have been granted $50, $100, and $125 for their expenses related to conference attendance, general research, and conference presentations, respectively.  The GSA Executive Board reserves the right to increase or decrease these amounts if the specific research activities warrant such.  However, please note that increases are rare and will only be awarded in exceptional circumstances.

Please click the link below for the online application, and use your email address for access:

Indivdual Research and Conference Grant Application Link


Guidelines for IRCG Reimbursement

  1. The student who received the reward is the only individual who can be paid out from that award.  The GSA can only reimburse for actual expenses incurred by that student.
  2. The student’s department, college, or school may also be reimbursed for travel expenses incurred by that student.
  3. Before any reimbursements can be issued, the GSA Financial Director must receive proof of registration at the conference. For presenters, documentation indicating said presentation must also be submitted.
  4. To receive reimbursement, the student must submit the following:
    1. Original, itemized receipts or bills or boarding passes
    2. Student Reimbursement Form
    3. Travel Expense Form if  traveled
    4. All reimbursement paperwork should be submitted as hard copies to the GSA Financial Director
  5. All receipts  must be taped to an 8×11 sheet of paper. Only original itemized receipts will be accepted for reimbursement. Please paperclip all your paperwork.
  6. If a department, college, or school made payments on the student’s behalf, the same procedure should be followed, but specifying payment to the relevant university unit instead of the student.