The co-chairs of ICIS 2019, Helmut Krcmar (Technological University of Munich) and Jane Fedorowicz (Bentley University) recognize that attendance at academic conferences is financially burdensome for scholars from developing countries. Together with AIS, the conference chairs created a program to support Ph.D. students and young scholars from the UN’s list of low and medium human development countries to travel to ICIS 2019 in Munich.
We recognize that presenting research at our most prestigious conferences is an essential aspect of a scholar’s professional, educational, and research development. Further, the diversity of participants involved in our conferences is fundamental to our development as a research community. This travel grant provides a mechanism to allow Region 2 scholars with a demonstrated financial need to attend ICIS 2019 in Munich. These awards augment the four Bocconi doctoral student grants generously provided through this existing AIS program.
The ICIS TUM/Bentley Travel Grant Program is named after the home universities of the co-chairs, each of which generously sponsored the conference at the platinum academic level. Additional funding for the program comes from other generous conference sponsors, and from the recently announced Munich Experiences program (MucX), wherein conferences attendees can bid to participate in many exciting professional or social experiences unique to the Munich setting of the conference.