Graduate Travel Funds
The Office of Graduate Affairs (OGA) has a limited number of travel grants available for enrolled graduate students who are: presenting a technical paper or poster at a professional society conference; attending a conference for educational purposes; or traveling for a research-related activity.
OGA travel grants enable students to attend a meeting when funds are unavailable from other sources, and are not intended to replace support from the research contract with which the student is associated.
To request a travel grant (up to $500), students must submit the following information electronically to the Office of Graduate Affairs at least four weeks prior to travel:
- the date, location, and purpose of travel;
- the title and abstract of paper/poster, if relevant;
- a travel budget for all trip expenses;
- department and adviser name;
Students are eligible for one travel grant per academic year, based on the availability of funding.
Faculty advisers must submit electronically to the Office of Graduate Affairs a statement supporting the application, indicating the value of the travel towards the advisee’s overall degree progress, as well as the need for OGA support. Advisers are eligible to receive travel grant funding for up to two students during the academic year, based on the availability of funding.
The OGA will review the submitted application. If approved, the graduate program administrator will be notified, and the money will be applied towards the travel expenses when the travel voucher is processed. The department must process the paperwork within one month of return; otherwise, the funding will be made available to another student.