For each conference, a small number of Graduate Scholar Awards are given to outstanding graduate students who have an active academic interest in the conference area. Graduate Scholars perform a critical role in the conference by chairing the parallel sessions, providing technical assistance in the sessions, participating in Talking Circles, and presenting their own research papers. The Award, with its accompanying responsibilities, provides a strong professional development opportunity for graduate students at this stage in their academic careers. Meeting experts in the field, interacting with colleagues from other parts of the world, and creating networks and friendships are all additional benefits of this Award.
Graduate Scholars are entitled to free registration and are given special recognition during the conference proceedings. Applicants must be currently enrolled in a graduate studies program. Awardees must be available on-site the day prior to the conference (for orientation and training) and throughout the conference.
The deadline for graduate scholar applications can be found on the application. Please click the button below to apply.
"One of the most important skills I acquired as a Graduate Scholar is networking with fellow participants at the Conference. My position as a Graduate Scholar gave me the opportunity to talk with many delegates, with whom I might not have communicated if I had not chaired their panels, for instance. The experience taught me how to lead discussion amongst panelists and members of the audience and how to summarize the opinions voiced or to add yet another perspective (my own) to the debate." - Lieselot Verdonck
"It has helped me work on presentation skills. Having chaired so many sessions, it will also help me in taking on bigger roles in future conferences." - 2014 Graduate Scholar
"It was an invaluable experience being a Graduate Scholar, especially that we got the unique opportunity to chair sessions. Having such a role not only allowed our leadership skills to flourish, but it also gave us the opportunity to build networks." - 2014 Graduate Scholar