Family Fund

From its beginning, the Institute has encouraged scientists to stay at KITP for as long as possible. Frequently, family obligations present an obstacle to extended participation. One solution to the difficulty can be bringing family members along for the KITP visit, but over the years, it has become harder for families to make this trip, in part because of the additional expense.  The aim of the Family Fund is to offset some of the additional expenses incurred when scientists travel here for 4 weeks or more.

Other things being equal, longer visits will be given higher priority.  Except for special circumstances, such as care of a disabled relative, only families with children under the age of 18 will be considered for supplemental funding.

We will respond to your request as quickly as possible. Some time for additional correspondence and information gathering may be required, as awards are need-based and we therefore need a good estimate of actual costs. Please help us expedite this process by completing the Housing Questionnaire prior to submitting the Family Fund Application

The Rice Family Fund is made possible through the generosity of Drs. Ann and Myron Rice, Deborah and Douglas Troxel, Friends of KITP, and other donors. The number of requests exceeds our ability to fund them, so KITP would welcome financial contributions of any amount.

If you have any questions, please contact the Program Manager.

Except in very special circumstances, the Family Fund grants will be used to offset the costs of bringing children.

There are several ways that we can assist a scientist with additional expenses such as:

  • the higher cost of local lodging for families
  • childcare or babysitting services
  • cost of travel for other members of the household

Internal Revenue Service forms and publications.

Here are some special pages or publications related to Family Fund Fellowships. For tax purposes, they are like awards or grants, not like gifts.

We strongly recommend consulting with a tax advisor before coming to the U.S. KITP cannot provide tax advice.


If you receive a Family Fund fellowship and are not a U.S. citizen or U.S. Permanent Resident, you will receive an email asking you to log into GLACIER. GLACIER will take you through a series of questions that will determine your tax liability on the grant and provide you with forms to be completed and returned to us.

When you log into GLACIER, you will be asked your relationship to the University; this should be "Scholarship/Fellowship recipient." The type of payment you are receiving is a "Scholarship/fellowship (non-service)." The amount you need to list as receiving (if asked) is the amount of the family fund fellowship. This amount should not include reimbursements for actual expenses (e.g., lodging, airfare, and rental car).

If you are only receiving reimbursements, you will not have to complete GLACIER.

If you have any questions, please contact the Program Manager.