Graduate Fellows Travel Grant

The Graduate School provides the Graduate Fellows Travel Grant to enhance the retention and success of outstanding graduate students from historically underrepresented groups. Spaulding-Smith and Research Enhancement and Leadership (REAL) Fellows may apply for these supplemental funds to support training opportunities, outreach initiatives or professional development travel that would not ordinarily be funded.

Before You Begin

  • All Spaulding-Smith and REAL Fellows are eligible (but not guaranteed) to earn one Graduate Fellows Travel Grant per academic year (July 1 through June 30). You may submit multiple applications in one year, but you can receive only one award.
  • The maximum award for a Travel Grant is $500.
  • Travel support may include conference and/or workshop registration, transportation, lodging, and meals.
  • Conference travel will only be supported for fellows who are presenting at the conference (poster or talk).

How to Apply

  • Application deadlines: Starting in 2023, there will be two application deadlines a year, one each semester. The application deadlines for 2023 are February 24th and September 29th. Please note that it may take one month for applications to be reviewed – so please plan your application accordingly.
  • To be competitive, applications MUST explain how the opportunity will enhance the applicant’s professional or academic development.
  • Applications indicating matched funds and/or cost-sharing (shared rooms, transportation, etc.) will be favorably viewed. Potential matching sources might include advisors, home departments/programs, university grants, societies, and conferences.
  • Applicants must ask their faculty advisor/PI to email a statement of support (paragraph length). Applications missing an advisor letter will not be considered.

All application materials should be emailed to:

Final Report

Within one month of activity completion, students must submit a Final Report. All activities are expected to be completed within one year from the date of the award.


Please contact the Office of Inclusion and Engagement.

Please note that these travel grants are only available for current REAL and Spaulding-Smith fellows. For other graduate students, the Grad School distributes funding to departments and the travel grants are administered at the department level, so contact your Graduate Program Director (GPD) for information about travel funding available through your department.