Graduate Student Travel Grant

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Graduate Student Travel Grants (2018)

Purpose: The Graduate Student Travel Grants (GSTG) 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.)

WMU graduate students may receive a maximum of two Research Grants, or two Travel Grants, or one of each grant type at each degree level: Ph.D./master’s/specialist.

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 GSTG.

Award Amount: Grants range up to $700 ($900 for travel to Alaska and Hawaii)

Graduate Student Association (GSA) Supplement: Additional $600 for international travel

Eligibility - WMU graduate students MUST be:

A. Admitted to a graduate degree program
B. In good academic standing (3.0 GPA)
C. Enrolled full time in the semester that the application is made (one credit hour only if at dissertation/thesis hours)
D. The invited presenter via a letter/email of invitation from the conference/exhibit officials
E. 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

WMU graduate students MUST provide:

F. Documentation of approval on University letterhead for any project involving regulatory oversight: human subjects; animals; biohazards; DNA (Applications will not be considered without this documentation)

Guidelines for the Application Process -Applicants MUST:

1. Use the interactive applications posted on line and fill all required fields (handwritten applications are not accepted.)
2. Use the checklist to ensure that applications are complete
3. Submit their applications before or by the posted deadline that appears on the application; late applications will not proceed to review 
4. Submit the application to the following address:
5. Secure a Letter of Support from a faculty member who will send the document separately to this address:
6. Submit the application as ONE, SINGLE document in PDF format ONLY

Recommendations: It is recommended that grant applicants attend a seminar on grant preparation prior to each grant cycle. Please check the Graduate College Events page for detailed information and registration. To contact Dr. Marianne Di Pierro for assistance: (269) 387-8249 or

Next application cycle deadlines and other information:

  • Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 5 p.m. (EST)
  • Confirmation of your status will be sent within six weeks of application deadline
  • Questions or Concerns? Contact Dr. Marianne Di Pierro, Program Manager Graduate Research and Retention, at or via phone: (269) 387-8249

2018 Graduate Student Travel Grant Application

Graduate Student Research and Travel Grant (GSRTG) E-Folder Handouts