Research Programmes

Financial Aid

Travel Grant for Conference Attendance/Participation


Full-time graduate research students may apply for financial support for their paper presentations in conferences as follows:

  • Full-time Masters research students may attend local, regional or international conferences subject to a total limit of S$2,000 throughout their candidature.
  • Full-time PhD research students may attend local, regional or international conferences subject to a total limit of S$4,000 throughout their candidature.

Note: Teaching Assistants who are registered part-time research students are also eligible to apply for a travel grant.

 PhD students are eligible for conference funding only after passing their Qualifying Examination (QE) while Masters students are eligible only after completing at least two semesters.

Financial assistance requested for international conferences are calculated based on these guidelines:

  • Airfare via the most direct and economical route
  • Registration fee based on the lowest "early" registration fee rate, and
  • Half per-diem (50% of daily subsistence allowance payable for the country concerned) for the duration of the conference plus half per-diem for one additional day.


Financial assistance requested for regional conferences are calculated based on these guidelines:

  • Airfare via the most direct and economical route,
  • Registration fee based on the lowest “early” registration fee rate, and
  • Half per-diem (50% of daily subsistence allowance payable for the country concerned) for the duration of the conference.

Financial assistance requested for local conferences are calculated based on these guidelines:

  • Registration fee based on the lowest “early” registration fee rate.


Where there is a need to travel overseas, students should refer to the corporate rate offered by Singapore Airlines. If a particular destination is not found on this list, please submit one written quotation from the University-approved travel agents with your application. Please check with your Department’s secretary or with the Division of Research and Graduate Studies for the corporate airfare and the contact details of the University approved travel agent.

You can check with your Department’s/Programme’s secretary or with the Division of Research and Graduate Studies for the subsistence allowance rates.