Graduate Student Travel Grant

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Graduate Student Travel Grants (2019-2020)

Purpose 

The Graduate Student Travel Grants are established to support graduate students engaged in independent scholarly research, scientific inquiry, inventive technology, and artistic/creative activity. The grants support graduate student travel to meetings or events sponsored by professional organizations for the purpose of reporting the results of their research, exhibiting or performing creative works or otherwise disseminating results of their scholarly activity. These grants do not cover conference attendance for other purposes (e.g. as a non-presenting attendee or workshop participant.)

April 2020 spring award cycle has been canceled, due to challenges presented by the COVID 19 pandemic.

The online application is no longer available. 

WMU graduate students may receive a maximum of two Research Grants, or two Travel Grants, or one of each grant type at these degree level: master’s, specialist. Doctoral students may receive a maximum of three Research Grants or Travel Grants, or a combination of both, up to three total. Note: The typing of theses, dissertations, and project paper, as well as the purchase of computers or supplies and equipment commonly provided by departments or by other existing grants or funds do not qualify as legitimate budget expenses under a Graduate Student Travel Grant.

Award Amount

Grants range up to $700 (and up to $900 for travel to Alaska, Hawaii and international travel)

Eligibility 

WMU graduate students MUST be:

  1. Admitted to a graduate degree program 
  2. In good academic standing (3.0 GPA) 
  3. Enrolled full time in the semester that the application is made (one credit hour only if at dissertation/thesis hours) 
  4. The invited presenter via a letter/email of invitation from the conference/exhibit officials 
  5. The sole or principal investigator of the research project (PI) but for the purposes of research compliance, listed as student investigator, author or performer of the artistic/creative activity and the individual invited or selected to make the presentation

Guidelines for the Application Process

  • Access the online application for the Graduate Student Travel Grants here (in late Dec. 2019): Graduate Student Travel Grant Application - Winter 2020 
  • In addition to this online application, applicants are REQUIRED to have an advisor or another faculty member familiar with your project write a Letter of Support for your project and upload it in InfoReady (instructions will be emailed to the individual you identify as writing the Letter of Support). The letter must clearly address the following elements: 
  1. Student's name 
  2. Please ensure the student is currently enrolled 
  3. The purpose that the letter of support is for an application for a Graduate Student Travel Grant 
  4. The significance of the project 
  5. The student’s role in the project 
  6. The significance of the conference or event where the project will be presented 
  7. Selectivity level of the conference or event (e.g., the main national conference in our field, highly competitive with less than half of submissions accepted, etc.)

Future Award Deadlines

The Graduate Student Travel Grant is offered three times a year.
Following are the application deadlines for future award cycles:
  • Spring 2020: April 3, 2020
  • Fall 2019: October 18, 2019 (cycle closed)
  • Winter 2020: Feb. 3, 2020 (cycle closed)

CONTACT

If you have questions about the application process for this award, please contact Diana Berkshire-Hearit