NACIS Grants

NACIS has travel/grant/membership initiatives that invest in the future growth and strength of the organization. These initiatives (1) recognize the importance of student membership in NACIS, (2) encourage student attendance and participation at the annual fall meeting, and (3) support the attendance of general NACIS members to attend the annual meeting who could not otherwise attend due to financial limitations.

Travel grant awardees are expected to attend the entire conference. Applicants who are actively participating in the meeting (e.g., with a presentation, participation in a panel, are bringing a poster, or are presenting at Practical Cartography Day) will receive the strongest consideration for travel grants. The three initiatives are described below, as well as all application processes.

Free Student Memberships

NACIS will provide 10 free student memberships each year to students. Any student enrolled in a 2- or 4-year, degree or diploma granting institution pursuing their degree/diploma in geography or a related discipline qualifies.

Applicants should submit a one-page letter of request, explaining how membership in NACIS will benefit them educationally. Applications should include name, surface and email address, the school attended, name of academic adviser and grade level (e.g., freshman, sophomore, etc.). A student may apply and receive this membership award no more than two times (e.g., in junior and senior year), but must apply each year to be considered.

Enclose with the application a brief statement from one’s adviser verifying qualification for this membership award. Applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. August 31.

Apply by email to awards@nacis.org.

Travel Grants for Students

NACIS will provide travel grants of up to $200 USD to students to attend the annual NACIS conference. Any  student enrolled in a 2- or 4-year, degree or diploma granting institution pursuing their degree/diploma in geography or a related discipline qualifies.

Applicants should submit a one-page letter of request explaining how attendance at the conference will be of benefit professionally/educationally. Include on a separate page a budget with all travel expenses explained, including any other financial support to attend the conference, along with a statement of any and all current and previous financial support provided by NACIS. Students who have not received support in the past and those actively participating in the meeting will receive preference. Applications should include name, surface and email address, the school attending, name of academic adviser and if the applicant is a graduate or undergraduate student.

Enclose with application a brief statement from one’s adviser verifying qualification for this travel grant. This year’s applications must be received by 11:59pm August 31.

Apply by email to awards@nacis.org.

Travel Grants to General Members

NACIS will provide travel grants of up to $250 USD to NACIS members to attend the annual NACIS conference. Any NACIS member qualifies. Applicants should submit a one-page letter of request explaining how attendance at the conference will be of benefit professionally, and how financial support from NACIS will enable attendance at the conference. Include on a separate page a budget with all travel expenses explained, including any other financial support to attend the conference, along with a statement of any and all current and previous financial support provided by NACIS. Applications should include name, surface and email address, and affiliation. This year’s applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. July 15.

Apply by email to awards@nacis.org.