Travel Grant Program

Support for College of Education graduate students to travel for presentations at conferences, professional meetings, and exhibitions.

Conference Grants

To assist graduate students in their efforts to establish themselves and acquire valuable experiences in their respective fields, the College of Education strives to support graduate student travel for presentations at conferences, professional meetings, and exhibitions.

Enrolled, matriculated graduate students (including those on Program Fee/Continuous Enrollment) are eligible for travel funding. Applicants must be accepted or invited to present their work at a conference, professional meeting, or exhibition and must provide verification. These funds are not designed to cover research related expenses.

The review and selection process is managed by the individual departments within the College of Education. Funds are awarded to cover travel taking place during the current academic year. Students who anticipate conference travel in summer may apply for  reimbursement in the following academic year during the fall application period. Funds may not be carried over from one academic year to the next.

*NEW* for 2020-2021 - Professional Development Grants

Given current travel restrictions, we are temporarily expanding the range of activities eligible for funding using department travel grants. In addition to registration or other costs associated with a conference presentation, funds may be awarded to graduate students to support other professional development activities. Examples of eligible professional development activities include fees for online teaching or science communication training or workshops offered by professional societies.  

Information about the selection criteria and application process for both conference and professional development grants is available in the sections below.

    Submit your application for travel grants on this form

    2020-2021 Student Travel & Professional Development Grant Application Form

     

      Conference Travel Grant Guidelines and Selection Criteria

      Students currently enrolled as a Masters or Doctoral student in the College of Education are eligible to apply for conference travel grants to subsidize their attendance as a presenter at a regional, national or international conference. These funds are not designed to cover research related expenses.

      Grant Amounts

      Travel grants for conferences will be awarded for up to $500 per award, with the normative grant of approximately $300.

      Grant Application Deadlines

      There will be three application deadlines and award notice timeframes:

      • October 15 - Fall application deadline (award notice on November 1) 
      • January 15 - Winter application deadline (award notice on February 1)   
      • March 15 - Spring application deadline (award notice April1)

      * Students who anticipate conference travel in summer may apply for  reimbursement in the following academic year during the fall application period.

      Preference for awards of conference travel grants:

      • Doctoral students
      • Accepted paper presentations
      • Primary presenters
      • Students further along in their academic career
      • Students making satisfactory academic progress
      • Students that have received no more than 2 conference travel grants from their academic department, college, or Graduate School

      Only one travel grant will be awarded per student, per year. Grants can be awarded for conference travel that has already been completed as long as the conference was attended during the current academic year.

      Application Requirements:

      1. Application form specifying the details of the conference (name, date, venue), the details of your participation (title of paper, title of panel), and the anticipated budget for attendance (eligible categories are travel, registration fees, and hotel costs).
      2. Letter/email from conference organizers confirming your participation as a paper presenter in the conference.
      3. List of any previous Conference Travel Grants you have received from the department, college, or Graduate School.

      Awarded funds will be released upon presentation of original receipts, i.e. after the conclusion of the conference. All receipts must be submitted within 90 days of conference travel.

      Professional Development Grant Guidelines and Selection Criteria

      Given current travel restrictions, we are temporarily expanding the range of activities eligible for funding using department travel grants. In addition to registration or other costs associated with a conference presentation, funds may be awarded to graduate students to support other professional development activities. Examples of eligible professional development activities include fees for online teaching or science communication training or workshops offered by professional societies.  

      Travel grants awarded for professional development activities may not be used for salary, research supplies, general attendance at disciplinary meetings, travel to study sites, visits to collaborators, or other costs incurred in the normal course of research.

      Eligibility:

      Students currently enrolled as a Masters or Doctoral student in the College of Education are eligible to apply.

      Grant Amounts:

      Travel grants for professional development activities will be awarded for up to $500 per award, with the normative award of approximately $300.

      Grant Application Deadlines:

      There will be three application deadlines and award notice timeframes:

      • October 15 - Fall application deadline (award notice on November 1) 
      • January 15 - Winter application deadline (award notice on February 1)   
      • March 15 – Spring application deadline (award notice April 1)

      * Students who anticipate participating in conference or professional development activities in summer 2021 may apply for reimbursement in the following academic year during the fall application period.

      Preference for awards for professional development [travel] grants:

      1. Doctoral students
      2. Students further along in their academic career
      3. Students making satisfactory academic progress
      4. Impact of activity on advancing student’s career
      5. Students that have received no more than 2 conference travel grants from their academic department, college, or Graduate School

      Only one travel grant (for conference or professional development) will be awarded per student, per year.

      Application Requirements:

      1. Application form specifying a description of established activity and link, if available, and the anticipated budget for participation.
      2. Explanation of how this activity will help you advance your career; be specific and provide appropriate context.
      3. List of any previous Travel Grants you have received from the department, college, or Graduate School.

      Awarded funds will be released upon presentation of original receipts, i.e. after the conclusion of the professional activity. All receipts must be submitted within 90 days of the event. 

      For additional information please contact your departmental administrator: