The PhD Network, in conjunction with the Graduate Student Government, offers travel funding to enable PhD students to present research in venues that will provide professional development and visibility to enhance careers.
PhD students are invited to make a request once a year for up to $500 in travel funding from the PhD Network for a conference in which the student is presenting their research, serving on a panel, or otherwise contributing to the conference in a meaningful way. Students are encouraged to submit funding requests two months prior to the event to allow major expenses to be paid in advance (by the student’s department) if an award is given. Requests for travel funding are reviewed the first week of each month. All requests made by the last day of the previous month will be reviewed with decisions announced within 2 weeks. It is expected that requests for travel funding will be matched with another source, whereby the PhD Network’s contribution cannot exceed 50% of the total cost of the travel. For example, a trip that costs $800 will be awarded a maximum of $400 in PhD Travel Funding (not $500). In this instance, the student’s advisor, department, or college will be expected to contribute a minimum matching $400.
Please ask questions regarding travel funding using the feedback link. Complete the online form below to request travel funding. In addition to answering the questions below, you will be asked to up load three documents as pdf files:
- A short proposal describing how you intend to use PhD Network travel funds. Your proposal should include: i) a description of the purpose of the travel; ii) describe the visibility to you and your PhD program resulting from the travel; iii) describe the benefit to your dissertation research and to your career; iv) travel budget including request and an explanation of the sources of matching funds; v) include a description of outcomes if the request has received PhD Network travel funds previously.
- Support letter from your research advisor / PhD program / department describing the source of matching funds.
- Acceptance letter for any presentation (paper or poster), role or relevant invitation applicable to your attendance at the meeting.
Travel funding is limited to one application per year, whereby the year begins in July and ends the next June.