Office of Development and Alumni Affairs

Applications Now Open!

Deadline: 31 May, 2024

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IISc (Indian Institute of Science) actively encourages students to attend and present their work at national and international conferences. Such opportunities would allow them to stay in touch with research trends, gain a deeper understanding of their field of interest, and build fruitful collaborations with leading researchers worldwide.

The Office of Development and Alumni Affairs (ODAA) has received some funds from alumni and other well-wishers of the student community here. These may be availed by senior PhD students if they are short of funds available from GARP and other sources for making an international travel to present their work at a highly reputed conference/symposium/workshop/seminar in their discipline.


Application Guidelines

1. The funds are open to only registered students pursuing regular PhD programs at IISc.

2. Students who received travel grant support once from ODAA will not be considered again.

3. As per Institute policy, no travel support will be available for students who have not completed their Comprehensive Examination.

4. To be eligible the student must have an accepted publication in a reputable international conference or symposium or workshop and must furnish proof for the same.

5. A committee will evaluate the travel grant applications periodically and disburse funds accordingly.


Donor guidelines

Named travel grants can be established with a one-time endowment of Rs 33 lakhs (+5% for institute administrative overheads), which will ensure meeting the full travel expenses of one student for one international conference per year.

Donors can also set up a one-time grant with a contribution of Rs 2 lakhs per student. Smaller contributions will be accumulated under a common pool travel fund until sufficient targets are reached. An Institute-appointed committee will oversee the beneficiary selection process.


The following named travel grants have been set up by alumni and philanthropists.

D Nagarajachar Fund For Student Travel: The fund was set up in 2016 by our alumnus DN Prahlad (BE, EE – 1977), for 10 years, to enable students to attend international conferences, seminars, and workshops to present their research papers as well as to interact with leading scientists in their areas of work.

PV Lakshminarayana Student Travel Grant: Alumnus PV Lakshminarayana (BE, ECE-1983) set up this fund in 2017 to meet the travel expenses of students attending international conferences to present their papers.

Lakshmi & Aravamudan Student Travel Fund: This endowment was set up in 2018 by alumnus Murali Aravamudan (ME, ECE-1989) to support student travel to international conferences.

Apra Labs Travel Grants: These grants were established by Apra Labs in 2019 with the objective of enabling women students in the ECE Department to present their work at international conferences.


Exhausted Travel Funds

Lalitha and Ravindranath Travel Fund: This fund was set up in 2018 by LRN Foundation to support the travel of students and post-doctoral researchers in the department of Biochemistry to attend international conferences.

Ravi Salgia Travel Grant: This fund was set up by Prof. Ravi Salgia in 2020 with the aim of enabling students to travel to international conferences where they can present their papers and learn from experts in their field.


Contribute today using our NEW payment portal which has zero transaction fee for INR payments (debit card, credit card, net banking, UPI). If you are a donor in India, you can benefit from 100% tax relief under Section 80G(2)(a)(iii).

US-based donors can contribute through the IISc Foundation. Contributions made to the Foundation will enjoy tax benefits as allowed by the IRS under Section 501 (c3).

Here are some of our students who have been the beneficiaries of the travel grants:

Thirumalasetty Mouli

IEEE conference on International Electric Machines and Drives
May 15 -18, 2023

Vemuri Harini

European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2023
April 23 – 28, 2023

Shubham Kumar Goswami

2023 SIAM Conference on Computational Science and Engineering
February 25 – March 3, 2023

Monishmurali M

IEEE IRPS: 61st International Reliability Physics Symposium
March 26 – April 4, 2023

Disha Dinesha Lagadamane

15th Annual IEEE Green Technologies (GreenTech) Conference
April 19 -21, 2023

Richa Sirmaur

Dendrites: Molecules, Structure and Function (Gordon Research Seminar, and Gordon Research Conference)
March 25 – 31, 2023

Navneet Shahi

24th International C. elegans Conference
June 24 – 28, 2023

Poornendu Kumar

34th International Workshop on Operator Theory and its Applications
July 31 – August 4, 2023