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GRADUATE STUDENT TRAVEL FUND
The Graduate Student Travel Grants were established to support graduate student travel to meetings or events sponsored by professional organizations for the purpose of reporting the results of research, exhibiting or performing creative works, or otherwise disseminating results of their scholarly activity. This grants do not cover conference attendance for other purposes (e.g., as a non-presenting attendee or workshop participant, to participate in a group performance, or to undertake foreign study), nor to present the findings of another's scholarly work. The applicant for a travel grant must have been the sole or principal investigator (the selection committee understands that University policies governing research may preclude students from being listed as the principal investigator), author, or performer of the research project or artistic/creative activity and must have been the person invited or selected to make the presentation.
To be eligible for a Graduate Student Travel Grant, an applicant must be regularly admitted to a graduate degree program, in good academic standing, enrolled in at least six hours in the semester that the travel takes place or full-time (at least six hours) in Spring for travel during the following Summer I or Summer II (students approved for an underenrollment or enrolled in thesis or dissertation credits on “continuous enrollment” status may meet this requirement with at least one hour of enrollment), and the sole and principal investigator and the invited presenter.
Applicants whose research involves human subjects, animals, bio-safety hazards, or other regulated material must provide documentation of prior approval of the research proposal by the appropriate University review body.
Applicants must have confirmation of acceptance of their presentation at the time of application in order to be eligible. For the final award deadline (mid-March), applicants' presentation status may be pending but proof of acceptance will be required in order to claim an award.
A graduate student is eligible to receive a maximum of two research/travel grants while enrolled in any degree program at Western Michigan University.
Grants will range up to $700 for travel within the contiguous 48 U.S. states; for travel to Alaska, Hawaii, or Canada, the maximum grant amount is $900. For international travel except Canada, students may also apply simultaneously for up to $600 of additional funding (total of $1,300). This additional support is available thanks to the generous support of the Graduate Student Advisory Committee (GSAC).
Amounts awarded will depend, in part, on the number of applications received and the budget available and, in part, on the priority given the application by the selection committee. Normally, preference is given to applications submitted before the travel has been completed. Applicants should be aware that not all applications may be selected for funding and that not all applicants may receive the amount of funding requested. A grant must be disbursed during the academic year in which it is awarded; grant activity may nevertheless take place during the Summer II session of the succeeding academic year.
Selection Criteria for Awards from the Graduate Student Research and Travel Funds [.doc]
Application for 2012–13 Graduate Student Travel Grants [.pdf]
Grant application deadlines are:
Last Updated 10/11/12