The purpose of the Graduate Faculty Travel Award Program is to support professional activities that will enhance research and scholarship at the University. Because travel is an important component of this development, funds will be made available to assist faculty in presenting at international, national and regional professional conferences, exhibitions or workshops. Opportunities for travel to other types professional activities, such as attending seminars or visiting funding agencies (e.g., NSF, NIH), that enhance research and scholarship skills and increase the probability of obtaining external funding may also be supported by this Program.
Must be a regular member of the Graduate Faculty.1 The Office of Research will provide matching funds for no more than two-thirds of the proposed total cost of travel. The budget on the application form must identify both the amount requested from the program and the source of the remaining one-third, including personal funds. Graduate Faculty members may apply a maximum of twice per fiscal year, and may receive only one award per fiscal year. Please note that in order for awardees to be eligible for another Graduate Faculty Travel Award in the future, evidence must be provided that demonstrates the travel related to the previous award led to a successful outcome, such as a peer reviewed journal article in which the Graduate Faculty Travel Award Program was acknowledged, the submission of a new application for external funding, or other similar outcomes.
Available Support and Application Process
The Office of Research will provide matching funds for up to two-thirds of the proposed total cost of travel. In no case will support from the Travel Program exceed $1,200. The remaining one-third may be covered by any combination of department, college, grant, professional development, and personal funds. Complete the application form and submit it to Office of Research. Please include documentation supporting your application, such as letters of invitation, call for papers, etc.
This program is competitive and, because of limited funds, not all applications will be funded. The following criteria will be used in determining which professional development activities provide greater benefits to the University:
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Application Submission and Review Process
Submit the completed Graduate Faculty Travel Award Program Application Form via email as a single pdf-formatted attachment (including all supporting materials) to firstname.lastname@example.org AND email@example.com. Applications for travel any time during the calendar year will be reviewed five times – in September, November, February, April, and July. Applicants will be informed of action taken on the application within approximately two weeks of review.
1Under the revised guidelines for graduate faculty membership, effective spring 2014, applicants must have Level I Membership.
2Applications without any matching funds from the applicant's department, college, grant, or faculty development funds will only be funded for Assistant Professors, and only in exceptional cases.
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