NCFR Student Access Grant

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Grant Description 

The National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) is committed to addressing systemic racism and opening doors where racial and ethnic barriers exist. To ensure inclusion of students from historically marginalized racial communities in the discipline of Family Science, NCFR will continue to support Students of Color through the NCFR Student Access Grant

This year's grant will be awarded to 10 students and will cover registration fees and a $500 travel stipend for Students of Color. Grantees who are not NCFR members will receive a one-year NCFR membership with their conference registration. Previous Student Access Grant recipients are not eligible for the 2024 Student Access Grant. 

NCFR membership and annual conference participation provides opportunities critical to academic and professional development and advancement: 

  • Exposure to the varied pedagogy of Family Science 

  • Enhanced learning through conference plenaries, special sessions, posters, and workshops 

  • Access to emerging research with journals, publications, and webinars 

  • Interaction with university students and faculty, clinical researchers, and practitioners through member group meetings, and online discussion posts  

  • Peer-to-peer networking and mentoring opportunities exclusive to NCFR members  


How to Request Grant Support

The grant will be offered to Students of Color interested in being a part of NCFR. The grant will cover conference registration and $500 travel stipend to the annual conference. Grantees who are new NCFR members will also receive one year of NCFR membership. The 2024 student access grant application will open summer 2024.

The student access grant will run on a lottery system. Ten students will be awarded the grant to travel to the in-person conference. Students who choose to register for the in-person conference ahead of time will receive a refund on their registration if selected for the grant. Students who were awarded conference registration and a travel stipend for the 2022 or 2023 Student Access Grant are not eligible for the 2024 Student Access Grant.


How to Donate to the Grant

Donate here or when you're registering for the conference. 

Since its inception in 2020, the NCFR Student Access Grant has funded the participation of over 150 students from historically marginalized racial and ethnic populations in the NCFR annual conference. To learn more about the NCFR Student Access Fund, please email [email protected]

In 2024, NCFR has committed to provide 10 grants. If additional funds are raised to support more students traveling to the in-person conference, the funds will be added to the Student Access Grant fund to provide support for students for future years. Here is how your donation supports Students of Color engage in full NCFR conference and membership experience: 

  • $10 – any donation can be put to good use as part of the Student Access Grant  

  • $50 – a donation of this size may help offset travel expenses for a grant recipient 

  • $100 – this is equal to the cost of an all-journal student membership in NCFR 

  • $250 – this level of donation may cover the cost of a student registration to the conference 

  • $500 – is equal to the amount of one travel stipend 

Donations of any amount are welcome and help open doors where racial barriers stand. Thank you for your support! 

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