Strand 3 - Conference Organizer Grants

Objective: To support successful organization of PER-focused conferences, and the development of early-career PER researchers at such conferences.


  • Proposals should enhance the visibility, status and diffusion of physics education researchers and physics education research in physics departments and the broader physics community. 
  • Proposals should be able to achieve at least one of the following:
    1. add value to GPER members by supporting their research, networking, professional development, etc. 
    2. have the potential to increase membership in GPER.
  • When individuals are being selected to receive the award (e.g. travel support):
    1. Recruitment and selection criteria should be equitable and inclusive.
    2. Recruitment and selection criteria should take into account whether a research group has previously benefited from PERLOC or GPER funding.

Example uses:

  • Support for graduate student and early career attendees
  • Speaker travel and/or honoraria
  • Workshop materials and stipends


  • Submission by conference/session organizers on behalf of attendees/speakers/etc.
  • Proposal aligns with stated criteria.
  • When individuals are being selected to receive the award (e.g. travel support), selection should be made by conference organizers (not by GPER)
  • Budget up to $1,000 


  • Application deadline: November 15
  • Notification will be made by: December 15 
  • Funding must be spent within 12 months of notification.


  • GPER will support APS+GPER membership for up to 4 graduate students or early career non-members who are directly benefiting from the conference award, in addition to the stated budget
  • If no strong applications are received in a particular year, GPER is not required to fund any proposals.

Please submit a proposal with itemized budget (maximum of 2 pages) addressing these criteria, via the application form below.

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