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Travel Assistance Program

SASDG believes its mission of advancing the science of digital games is well served by growing the global community of scholars who study digital games. One aspect of this is ensuring that promising young scholars have the opportunity to attend the yearly Foundations of Digital Games conference. The SASDG Travel Assistance Program provides, for selected scholars, reimbursement for a substantial fraction of the cost of attending the Foundations of Digital Games conference.


The Travel Assistance Program is open to all digital game scholars. However, very strong preference will be given to current PhD as well as Masters students. Additionally, authors who submit conference or workshop papers and who have those papers accepted are also given preference.

Award Amount

Scholars selected to participate in the program in 2014 will receive a discount equivalent to the cost of conference registration and a shared, interior stateroom (Regular Registration, $890) for the 2014 Foundations of Digital Games conference. Recipients will be responsible for all other travel costs, including airfare, pre-conference hotel room, and incidentals onboard. This discount may be applied to any class of stateroom, or be applied toward the cost of a non-shared stateroom. SASDG may limit the total amount of funding allocated to any individual university or program.

To Apply

Scholars interested in applying to the Travel Assistance Program should send the following information to Jim Whitehead at the University of California, Santa Cruz via email <>. Please include "TAP 2014" in the subject line.

  • - Current curriculum vitae/resume
  • - Whether you have an accepted paper in the conference or workshop (give title and venue) or doctoral consortium, or you have a submitted paper for which you have not received notification
  • - Current status: PhD student, other student, faculty member, other (describe)

No letter of recommendation is necessary. SASDG reserves the right to request additional documentation of a student's active status with their university.


Applications for the 2014 Travel Assistance Program will be accepted until midnight PDT February 28, 2014. However, preference will be given to applications received by midnight, January 24, 2014 PDT (so awards can be made shortly before the January 28, 2014 early registration date). After January 24, applications will be considered until funds available have been committed. However, most funds are typically committed by the early deadline.


Scholars who receive assistance under this program will receive a discount code that is only usable to register for the 2014 Foundations of Digital Games conference. Discount codes are for the sole use of the scholar receiving assistance, and are not transferrable.


The intent of this program is to provide travel support to those games scholars who have limited ability to secure funding for travel to the FDG conference. Hence, the expectation of SASDG is that applicants to this program will do so only in cases where they would be unable to attend the FDG conference without such support. This is in contrast to, say, a situation where it would be merely convenient to stretch out an existing grant by shifting some of the costs to SASDG. We recognize that there are many different funding situations, and so we are dependent on each applicant to use their best judgment concerning this issue.