RGS commits $50,000 to Graduate Student Travel Award

The Office of Research and Graduate Studies is allocating $50,000 to the RGS Graduate Student Travel Award. The program, which replaces the Graduate Student Senate funding program, promotes student involvement in their disciplines by partially funding travel costs associated with professional presentations at regional, national and international conferences.

“In addition to developing presentation skills, conferences are also a great way to network with other professionals,” said Scott Bates, associate vice president for research. “If our graduate students are to become future leaders in their fields, they need to get out there and meet the current leaders in their fields.”

All full-time graduate students are eligible to apply for an RGS Graduate Student Travel Award. The program may cover costs in conference registration, mileage, airfare, hotel, per diem and international travel insurance. Funds must be matched from a department or other university source.

To apply, students are required to complete a web-based form on the RGS Graduate Student Travel Award page. Proposals must be submitted at least two weeks before the travel date. Since allocation decisions are made on a first-come/first-serve basis, early application is encouraged.

“This is another program in which we’ve had an unprecedented response,” said Bates. “Since we launched the new website in late July, we’ve had more than 80 students apply for travel support.”

Nadiah Johari