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BITSAA Travel Scholarship
BITSAA Travel Scholarships supports the travel expenses of students participating in academic events of International repute. After evaluating an application, BITSAA currently offers travel assistance under the following schemes:

  • BITSAA-IRU Partial Travel Grant: In this case, 37.5% of the travel expenses is borne by BITSAA, 37.5% (upto Rs. 20,000) by BITS Pilani (if student is from Pilani Campus), and the rest 25% has to be raised by the student.Please click here for more information

  • Air-Miles : Air-Miles donated by alumni are used to buy tickets for a student. For more information please click here

  • 0% Loan Scholarship : A 0% Loan is a bridge fund granted by BITSAA to BITS students requesting travel support for "non-technical research conferences/events". It is essentially a travel Grant with a "return-when-you-are-capable" clause. The reason we call it a "loan" is to help re-circulate funds for future students. With this loan scholarship BITSAA aims to support upto 75% of the student's travel needs. For more information please click here

  • Generic Guidelines:

    Please refer to the individual travel scholarship schemes for any specific guidelines and/or eligibility criteria
    • Only students who are currently pursuing their degree in one of the BITS campuses are eligible to apply for the BITSAA Travel Scholarships. The travel period should necessarily lie in between the period of his/her study at BITS.

    • The BITSAA Travel Scholarships aims to provide assistance only for the travel expenses associated with the event. This does not include registration costs, medical insurance or any other expense incurred during the trip. The Selection Committee might provide additional financial assistance if the situation demands it.

    • In the case of the recipient finding other sources to fund his/her travel, he/she must provide details about them, and the failure to do so may result in the cancellation of the scholarship.
    • Applications are accepted year round, but must be received as early as possible and ideally, 60 days prior to the beginning of the travel.

    • The recipient of the award should submit scanned copy of all the travel receipts and a detailed report of his trip to the Selection Committee within 2 weeks from the day of return, failing which BITSAA has the right to withhold part/whole of the scholarship award.

    If you would like more information about the scholarship, or have any questions / comments / suggestions, please send a mail to scholarships@bitsaa.org.
     

    Background

    How it all started:

    Pritwiraj Moulik, a III yearite at the Pilani campus, became the only undergraduate in the world to get a paper accepted at the American Society of Civil Engineers' GeoCongress 2008 at New Orleans in March 2008. In order to facilitate his travel to New Orleans to attend the conference, the BITSAA Board of Directors announced the creation of the "BITSAA Travel Scholarship" and decided to confer the first scholarship to Pritwiraj. BITSAA also awarded the scholarship to Team Acyut for their participation in Robogames, 2008.

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