conference funds

The MD-PhD Program offers travel funds for students to help offset the cost of conferences and off-site courses.  Note that BGS MD-PhD students are ONLY eligible to apply for travel funds via the MD-PhD program and are NOT also eligible to apply separately for funds through BGS.


  • $1,000 max per fiscal year (July 1 – June 30) for scientific conferences
    • In general, only for those who will be presenting (papers or posters)
  • $1,500 max per the MD-PhD Program lifetime to attend an off-site course (Note: There is a separate form for Course Fund Requests, see below)
  • $1000 max per the MD-PhD Program lifetime to attend a career-development conference.


  • Only 1 travel award per year
  • Eligibility based on dates of trip, not date of request
    • Conference requests due 21 business days before conference start date
    • Requests submitted after conference start date will not be accepted
    • Off-site course requests due 30 business days before date of departure


  • Granted at the  discretion of the MD-PhD Director


  • Completed  form (available below) which includes
    • Budget (fees and funding)
    • Presentation abstract
    • Advisor recommendation and approval
  • If traveling abroad, registration with Penn Global Activities Registry
    • Proof of registration

Please contact to submit all required documents or to answer any questions.