TSL Conference PhD Student Travel Grant


PhD Student Travel Grant: Second Triennial Conference

Arlington, VA, May 27 – 29, 2020

The Transportation Science and Logistics Society Conference provides an opportunity for all members to gather on a triennial basis to present and to discuss the state-of-the-art in optimization applied to transportation science and logistics. To make the conference more accessible to the next generation of transportation science and logistics researchers, the US National Science Foundation has graciously agreed to sponsor travel grants of up to $1,000 for 30 students to the TSL Conference 2020.

What It Covers:

The travel grants can be used for all travel expenses including airfare, ground transportation, hotel, and food. The grant does not cover conference registration. However, the TSL Board has agreed to support PhD student registration, and early-bird student registration is only $100.


Because this award is sponsored by the US National Science Foundation, only PhD students from North American universities are eligible for the travel grant. You do not need to be presenting at the conference to be eligible for an award.

To Apply:

To apply, send

  • A cover letter indicating how they will benefit from the conference and from the travel funds,
  • a CV, and
  • your conference abstract if you submitted

to Barry Thomas at barrett-thomas@uiowa.edu. Use the subject “TSL Conference 2020 PhD Student Travel Grant Application.”

Application Evaluation:

Applications will be reviewed by the Organizing Committee. Reviewers will rate each application based on the perceived benefit the applicant will receive from attending the conference and the applicant's access to conferences and workshops in general. Applicants should address these criteria in their cover letters. Preference will be given to students whose abstracts are chosen for the conference. Preference will also be given to PhD students who are entering the last year of their programs.

Dates of Interest:

  • Application submission deadline: 2/14/2020
  • Notification of award: 3/1/2020
  • Deadline for early registration: 4/1/2020
  • Conference: 5/27/2020-5/29/2020
More details about the conference can be found here.