Dean's Fund for Scholarly Travel
Applicants for assistance from the Dean’s Fund must be regularly enrolled Ph.D. candidates at the time of application and at the time of their proposed presentation.
Applicants must have been invited to deliver a paper that represents their own work. Giving a poster presentation, serving as a discussant or respondent on a panel, giving a job talk, etc., do not qualify for support.
Applicants must be in year of study three through the first year of DCE status. Priority in funding will be given to students in the humanities and social sciences, and to those in the natural sciences and engineering in the higher years of study (i.e. G4, G5, and first year DCE).
In order for financial support to be available throughout the entire academic year (September-May), the Graduate School divides the fund across the review periods.
Deadlines for requests for support:
Sept. 1 (for travel during September through November)
Dec. 1 (for travel during December through February)
March 1 (for travel during March through May)
Requests are reviewed, in part, on a first-come, first-served basis, and not every worthy request in every funding period can be granted. It is possible that we can exhaust the available funds in any one, or all, of the funding periods. According to the schedule above, the Graduate School will hold all requests received up to each deadline, review them, and make its decision. If after that funds remain, then requests received after the deadline will be considered.
Students who are awarded a grant will be paid at the end of the month in their regular stipend checks.
PLEASE NOTE: Funds in an amount roughly equal to those available during any one trimester of the academic year are available for conference travel over the summer months of June, July and August. Students invited to present papers during the period June 1 to August 31 should apply for the Summer Travel Grants.
Students who are invited to present at conferences whose dates overlap the end of one review period and the beginning of the next should apply for the grant period in which the actual presentation falls. For example, if the conference runs August 28-September 2, and you will present on August 30, you should apply for the Summer Travel Grants. If you will present on September 2, then you should apply for the first round of the Dean's Fund for Scholarly Travel.