Academic Conference Fund (ACF) Guidelines

Is your application eligible for funding?

All GCU fulltime faculty (including both campus-based and online) and doctoral affiliated Faculty and are eligible to apply for ACF Funds. All funded conference presentations must be completed as an affiliate of GCU. Review the following guidelines to confirm your eligibility to receive funding.


**All travel, including airfare, registration, lodging, car rental, etc., MUST be booked through GCU travel. DO NOT BOOK YOUR OWN TRAVEL! Travel booked on your own may not qualify for reimbursement and it may disqualify your use of funds.** 


Academic Conference Funds are available to promote scholarly activities of GCU fulltime faculty (including campus-based and online) and doctoral faculty.  Funds are available to support SoTL and disciplinary- related research presentations at scholarly conferences.  Funding is available to pay expenses associated with:

  •    Lodging, meals, and transportation (including mileage reimbursement)
  •    Conference registration
For GCU travel policy, please click here

Funding Amounts

Academic Conference Funds are awarded on a competitive basis up to the following limits:

  • Maximum of $1500 per conference
  • Maximum of $3000 per applicant per calendar year

Applicants must include a notice of any funding received from another source; duplicate funding (i.e., funding for the same purpose) is not allowed.  Fund awards will balance the demands of multiple meritorious proposals against limited funds. 


All fulltime faculty (including both campus-based and online) and GCU doctoral faculty are eligible to apply for Academic Conference Funds. Recipients must complete all funded research as an affiliate of GCU.

Application Timeline

To be considered for funding during each designated time period, funding applications are due as follows: 

Application Deadline 

Notification By

December 1

December 15

March 1

March 15

June 1

June 15

September 1

September 15

Applications submitted after the deadline may be considered in relation to available funding.

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