Conference Opportunities

Conference Opportunities

We are currently not accepting applications or conference funding, due to travel restrictions related to COVID19.

Financial assistance is available to STM students who attend professional and academic conferences as a way to further their graduate and professional research initiatives and professional formation goals, and to represent the school on the local, national, and international level.  Both the School of Theology and Ministry and the Graduate Student Association offer opportunities to fund conferences and research for qualified students. 

Center for Christian-Jewish Learning: Scholar Research Grants

The Center for Christian-Jewish Learning Junior Scholars Research Grants support Boston College graduate students pursuing research that is of value to the field of Christian-Jewish relations. Grants may support recipients' production of articles, book sections or chapters, conference presentations, digital materials, translations, or other scholarly resources. Research grants are one-time awards of $1,000. Up to five research grants are awarded each academic year and each summer. Please take advanatge of the application details and instructions. Applications are evaluated on a rolling basis. 


Ford Foundation Fellowship Program: Stipends Available

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is accepting predoctoral, dissertation, and postdoctoral applications for the Ford Foundation Fellowship Program for Achieving Excellence in College and University Teaching. The Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation's college and university faculties, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. Email the Ford Foundation with further questions and to submit applications.

Financial assistance is available to STM students who attend professional and academic conferences as a way to further their graduate and professional research initiatives and professional formation goals, and to represent the school on the local, national, and international level. Both the School of Theology and Ministry and the BC Graduate Student Association offer opportunities to fund conferences and research for qualified students.   


Applying for conference funding

Students interested in conference funding are encouraged to apply for conference funding through the Graduate Student Association (GSA). Information on how to apply is available through their website. Please take careful note of sensitive deadlines.

After a student has applied for funding through the GSA, they may apply for conference funding through the STM's Individual Conference Grant.


STM Individual Conference Grant (ICG)

The STM’s Individual Conference Grant (ICG) program, funded by the Office of the Dean and the STM Student Forum, is designed to supplement the Individual Conference Grant program of the Boston College Graduate Student Association (GSA), and to offset costs associated with scholarly research and conference attendance that are not directly funded by other agencies, schools/departments within the university. The STM Individual Conference grant is capped at $1500 for the total reimbursement amount of all qualifying conferences during a student’s degree program. Requests should be made 30 days in advance if possible; funding cannot be guaranteed for requests made after a conference.    

How to apply for ICG funding

  1. Awards are granted to STM students in good standing whose participation falls within two general categories: (1) conference attendance, or (2) conference presentation.
  2. Eligible students in these categories must submit an Application Form to Maura Colleary.  Maura will forward the application to the Associate Dean of Student Affairs for the possibility of funding through the STM Dean’s Office. An ICG committee, appointed by the dean, then decides whether to offer the student funding based on the merits of his/her application and the tier to which the student is applying (tier levels).
  3. Students must provide proof that they have actually attended or presented at the conference for which s/he is requesting funding. For conference attendees, this can be done by submitting proof of registration as well as a program from the conference. For those presenting at conferences, this can be done by submitting a conference flyer, advertisement, or program that mentions the presenter’s name as well as the title of his or her presentation. Original flyers, advertisements, or programs are preferred.
  4. In order to receive reimbursement for travel expenses, applicants must meet the requirements of the Boston College Travel Policy. Please note, however, that the STM conference funding program does not reimburse for meals.
  5. If approved for funding, the applicant must submit a BC Student Reimbursement Form with the original receipts to Maura Colleary within two weeks of returning from the conference.   

Please note the travel and reimbursement policies listed on the Boston College travel website.