Student Travel Grants Program

Our thanks to CRFID (IEEE Technical Committee on RFID), our sponsor, for once again providing funds for Student Travel Grants (STGs) for IEEE RFID.

Student presenters of accepted papers, posters, demos, Mega-Challenge entries, or workshop talks may apply for travel grants to Dr. Brian Degnan, Finance Chair by the 24 April 2020 deadline. Up to ten scholarships of $500 for travel costs will be awarded. Award recipients may apply the grant proceeds to registration fees, airfare, hotel, etc.

Requirements for all STG applicants:

  • Student must be an author of an accepted paper, a presenter of an accepted poster, a workshop presenter, or an entrant in the student competition
  • Student must have a paid registration for IEEE RFID and present their paper, poster, workshop talk, or competition entry at the specified time at the conference
  • Student must be a student member of IEEE at the time of application and provide their IEEE membership number
  • Student must be a full-time student registered toward a Bachelors, Masters, or Ph.D. degree in engineering or related field in a college or university at the time of application; post-docs also given consideration
  • Student must not have received an IEEE STG in the last 12-month period.
  • Student must also disclose funding for attending the conference from other sources.

Please provide the following items by April 24, 2020:

  1. Student’s curriculum vitae
  2. Brief cover letter from student to include the following:
    • A brief summary of research interests and accomplishments to date
    • A description of areas reflected in the IEEE RFID program which would impact the student’s research
    • Why conference attendance is important to the student
  3. Letter from the student’s advisor to include the following:
    • Confirmation that the student is a Post-Doc, Ph.D., Master, or Bachelor candidate in good standing
    • The suitability of the IEEE RFID program material to the student’s research area
    • Ways this particular student would benefit from attendance at the conference
    • The strengths and potential contributions of the student
    • Availability of funds from other sources (particularly the advisor, the student, and/or the student’s institute/university) required to pay for the student’s conference registration fee

Evaluation Criteria will include the following factors:

  • For student paper authors, the strength of the reviews of the submitted manuscript will be a factor in the decision making.
  • For all student applicants, the quality of the advisor letter and the perceived institutional resources will be a factor in the award as well.
  • Priority will be given to students from institutions that have not received IEEE RFID STGs in the last two years.


  • Those applying for STGs will receive notification letters at the conference. Please ask for your letter at the Registration Desk
  • STG Awardees will receive instructions regarding receipting airfare, hotel, and registration fees as well as how to complete IEEE reimbursement forms.

If the Awardee completes the expense reimbursement form onsite and can supply all necessary receipts, a check for the grant amount will be provided at that time. For international attendees, a wire transfer will be provided upon request.

Additional funds may be available to US citizens and permanent residents attending IEEE RFID 2020 by the U.S. National Science Foundation.  Please check back here for additional information.

Key Deadlines for the Student Travel Grant process:

  • Application supporting documents: April 24, 2020
  • Decisions/notification: Onsite
  • Acceptance by the recipient: Onsite

All correspondence regarding Student Travel Grants should be sent to Dr. Brian Degnan, Finance Chair