For Students! Travel Grants Available!



The TPRC Graduate Student Consortium (GSC) is designed to provide graduate students with a tailored opportunity to connect with and learn from industry and government leaders for a full day before the conference begins. The experience is carefully designed to help enhance the skills necessary to promote academic work to a wider audience and explain its relevance to policymakers and influencers. Students also benefit from networking opportunities with each other as they prepare to attend the full conference. Outside participants from industry, government, and civil society are chosen to ensure balance among perspectives and to match areas of interest. 


GSC participants convene on the day prior to the main conference. The event includes a seminar on research methods and the opportunity to present their proposed research to and receive feedback from representatives of industry, government and civil society. Emphasis is placed on how to make research topics relevant, accessible and tractable for a policymaking audience. There is ample time for informal networking and mentoring conversations among the participants. The day concludes with a reception and opportunity to meet with TPRC Board Members.

Application Criteria:

The GSC is open to all graduate and law students enrolled during the 2018-2019 school year regardless of their status at the time of the 2019 conference.  Conference registration is complimentary for accepted applicants. Students are responsible for their own travel and lodging. 

Applicants must submit a statement of 1,500 words or less outlining their proposed research topic along with a 150-word abstract summarizing the topic. The statement (not the abstract) should describe the research objectives, methodology, the study’s implications for industry or policymakers. The topic can be a new area of exploration chosen specifically for the GSC or ongoing research. Applicants must also submit a statement of endorsement from a faculty member at their institution.

Alternative application track:  If a prospective applicant is not currently enrolled in a graduate program, in lieu of a research proposal and faculty endorsement, such applicants should submit a short statement indicating:current degree status (e.g. B.A./B.S., institution and year attained);current employment status (e.g., research assistant at XXX); anda paragraph indicating what graduate field the applicant is interested in pursuing (e.g., economics, communications, law, engineering, etc.) and several sentences describing an issue within that field (e.g., rural broadband take-up, mitigating spectrum congestion, liability for false or unauthorized communications, etc.) that is of particular interest to the applicant.Applicants should use the registration link provided on  Applications are due by June 22, 2019.

Review Criteria:

•          Clear articulation of the proposed research topic.

•          Relevance of the selected topic to the TPRC community.

•          Faculty endorsement.

Although we welcome applications from returning participants, preference will be given to first-time applicants.

 Important Dates:

 ·      Submission of abstracts and summaries: from February 15 through June 22

·      Notice of decisions: June 30

·      The GSC will take place on Thursday, September 19 at a location to be announced in the Washington, D.C. area.

Graduate Student Consortium Mentors 

Individuals from government, academia, civil society or industry (including law firms and policy advocacy organizations) interested in serving as a GSC mentor should email to express their interest. Mentors will be selected based on matches with student interest and research topic areas. 

For questions regarding the GSC, please contact, Prof. Jane Bambauer at


Student Travel Grant Opportunities for TPRC47

·      Are you a graduate student in Computer Science or a related field interested in telecommunications policy and research?

·      Would you like to understand how to get involved in computer science research that can inform public policy?

 Funding is available to assist U.S.-based Computer Science or graduate students in related fields to attend the 47th Annual Research Conference on Communications, Information and Internet Policy (#TPRC47). This conference takes place Friday and Saturday, September 20-21, 2019, at the American University Washington College of Law in Washington D.C.

#TPRC47 will bring together computer scientists, network researchers, policymakers, and members of the private sector and civil society for the presentation of current research and interdisciplinary discussion on important issues in communications and the Internet.

Attendance at #TPRC47 will provide graduate students with excellent opportunities to:

·      Connect with this thriving international research community.

·      Interact with senior researchers from academia, policy makers and leading industry representatives.

 ·      Hear about leading-edge research and thinking from numerous fields of expertise.

In addition to covering travel expenses, offered support includes registration fees to attend the main conference, panels and paper presentations, as well as the Graduate Student Consortium (GSC) held on Thursday, September 19, 2019 also at the American University Washington College of Law.

Grant applications are available here.