Student Opportunities

NASA’s Astrobiology Program and NASA’s Mars Program Office are funding a limited number of travel grants to undergraduate and graduate students to attend the conference. Award amounts may vary and will be determined by the number of qualified applicants. Funding will be distributed after the conference either as a stipend payment or as reimbursement of actual travel costs.

Reimbursable costs include transportation (airfare or mileage in one’s personal vehicle, compact rental car, and fuel costs), lodging, meals and incidental expenses, and the conference registration fee. In most cases, actual expenses will exceed the funding provided. Students who are awarded travel grants may be asked to assist conference organizers with tasks during the conference. These tasks will not interfere with their ability to participate in technical sessions.


  • Students can be U.S. citizens, legal residents, or foreign nationals with either a U.S. social security number or U.S. tax ID number.
  • Students must be enrolled at a U.S. college or university at the time of the conference or the semester immediately following the conference (if during break).
  • Student are not required to submit an abstract for presentation at the conference, but are encouraged to do so.

Applications must include proof of applicant’s affiliation with a U.S. institution. You must submit documentation (a copy of your student ID, registration confirmation, departmental letter, etc.) with your application to be eligible.

APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY THE DEADLINE OF 5:00 p.m. CDT ON MARCH 4, 2015. All applicants will be notified of the award amount and administration requirements before April 15, 2015.

Note:  Students who are depending on travel assistance should NOT pay the registration fee or make travel arrangements until they have been notified that they have received an award.

Complete the Student Travel Grant Application