Student Travel Awards

Supporting students to attend Building Simulation conferences

Travel to IBPSA Conferences can be an expensive business – especially for students. In order to assist as many students as possible to participate in biennial Building Simulation conferences, IBPSA grants travel awards of up to 1000 USD to students presenting peer-reviewed papers. The number of student travel awards per biennial conference is limited, and these awards are therefore highly competitive.

The selection committee bases its decisions upon the following selection criteria:

  • need for financial assistance, evidenced in a letter of recommendation from the student’s supervisor/ advisor of studies (must be on university letterhead);
  • overall quality of the paper;
  • relevance of contribution to the field of and/or furthering the effective application of building simulation.

To be eligible, the student must be:

  • enrolled in a graduate programme related to building simulation at the time of the conference; and
  • the thesis project must be directly related to building simulation.

Applications must be supported by a letter of recommendation from the student’s supervisor/ advisor / director of studies.

The deadline for applications is March 1st. The application form is provided as a Microsoft Word document. Instructions to fill out the form and to submit applications are provided as a PDF document. Applications should be submitted through the IBPSA Awards and Fellows Conftool website.

Applications must include the following:

  • the student’s name;
  • the ID of the paper that the student will present at the Building Simulation conference;
  • the name of the programme, department, faculty, and university;
  • the title of the PhD or Master’s research;
  • the name of the student’s supervisor(s)/ advisor(s);
  • a statement indicating whether the student also intends to apply for a travel award from their IBPSA Regional Affiliate*
  • the faculty recommendation letter on university letterhead in PDF format.

* Students are welcome to apply both to IBPSA and to their IBPSA Regional Affiliate, but the awarded amount may be revised if both travel awards are granted.

The selection committee will base its decision upon a review of the letters of support and the final manuscripts. Therefore, to be eligible the student MUST submit the paper by the conference deadline.

Payment will be made either to the academic department before the conference or directly to the student at the conference (awards are conditional to students attending the conference in person).
Please direct questions to Chair of the Awards and Fellows Committee, Liam O’Brien (