To fund travel and registration to attend and possibly present a paper or a poster at an IMS sponsored or co-sponsored meeting. Presentation of a paper/poster is encouraged, but not required.


The travel awards are available to IMS members who are graduate students (seeking a Masters or Ph.D. degree) studying some area of statistical science or probability who have not yet received a PhD degree. Applicants must be members of IMS, though joining at the time of application is allowed.

New Researchers looking for travel funds should apply for the IMS ​New Researcher Travel Award.


Grants per award are typically between USD 400 and USD 1000. The actual amount of an award depends on the travel distance to the place of the meeting and quality of applications. Grants will be reimbursed against receipts and may be combined with other sources of funding.

Eligible Meetings

Funds can be requested for any IMS Sponsored or Co-Sponsored Meeting.  All IMS Sponsored and Co-Sponsored Meetings are indicated on this page: https://www.imstat.org/meetings-calendar/.

Application Process

All applicants should submit a paper/poster and register to the meeting directly with the meeting. This award application and the meeting abstract submission/registration are separate.

When you are ready, you may apply using the form here.

For the application you will need:

  1. IMS membership.
  2. The name of the IMS Sponsored or Co-Sponsored meeting for which you wish to use funds.
  3. Recent CV (not older than 2 years).
  4. A pdf file of the title, abstract, a brief 1-2 page summary of the paper that will/could be presented.
  5. A pdf file of the full paper to be presented (if available).
  6. The names and emails for two people that will be providing letters of recommendation – letters will need to be submitted by the deadline (Feb 1).


All applications must be received by February 1.


Additional Information

Applications will be reviewed by the IMS Committee on Travel Awards, and applicants will be notified in late April. A paper or poster must be the work of the student, although it may be have been done in collaboration with an advisor or others.

All applicants must submit their paper/poster and register to the meeting directly. This travel grant award application and the meeting abstract submission/registration are separate.

About James Hannan

Professor Hannan was a Fellow of the IMS. He received a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1953 (with research in compound decision theory under Herbert Robbins), and was a faculty member in Mathematics and Statistics at Michigan State University from 1953 until 2002.

For more details concerning his career, see “A Conversation with James Hannan”, http://projecteuclid.org/euclid.ss/1280841737, and his obituary in the IMS Bulletin, http://www.imstat.org/wp-content/uploads/bulletin/Bulletin39_3.pdf#page=6.