Graduate Student Travel Awards


Department Awards

Winners of 2014 UD Department of Biological Sciences travel awards to attend the Association for Vision and Ophthalmology meeting held in Orlando Florida.  From left to right: Smirti Agarwal, Archana Siddam, Carrie Barnum, Mallika Pathania, Soma Dash and Yichen Wang.

The Department has funds to help graduate students offset the cost of travel to national or international meetings at which they are presenting their work as either a platform talk or a poster.

  • Awards of up to $300 are available
  • Students must be presenting work at the meeting to qualify for a travel award
  • Students are eligible to receive a Departmental travel award once per academic year

Students should submit a request to the Graduate Program Director at least six weeks prior to the meeting. The request letter should include: the full name (no abbreviations) and date of the meeting, title of the presentation, presentation format (talk or poster) and state the desired award amount (not to exceed $300) and be signed by both the student and the student's advisor. The request must also be accompanied by the conference abstract which includes the full list of authors and a letter of acceptance from the conference.

University Awards

Professional Development Award

The Professional Development Award of up to $500* also is available through the Office of Graduate Studies. The deadline for application for a travel award is one month prior to the time of travel.

*The University Travel Award requires matching funds from some other source, and this requirement is satisfied by the Department's Travel Award.

Support for International Research, Internships, and Performances

Support for International Research, Internships, and Performances is available from the Institute for Global Studies and Office of Graduate and Professional Education. This competitive grant program will provide funding of up to $5,000 to advanced graduate students at the doctoral and master's level campus wide to support global research travel that will significantly enhance scholarship opportunities and/or provide interesting and important venues for creative work. Application deadlines are typically in mid February for summer, fall and winter session work.

Support for Collection-Based Research

Support for Collection-Based Research is available from the Office of Graduate and Professional Education and the Center for Material Culture Studies. Graduate students must travel to historic sites and museums to study collections and to utilize library and archival holdings for dissertation and thesis research and data collection in material culture studies and other disciplines. This matching competitive grant program will provide funding of up to $300 to graduate students at the doctoral and master's level to support short-term collection-based research travel. A student may apply for funding only once each fiscal year (July 1 - June 30).