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Travel Awards

ARHU Graduate Student Travel Awards 2018-19

To support the professional development of our graduate students through the presentation of original research, the College of Arts and Humanities awards grants for travel to significant national and international conferences.  There are three Travel Award competitions per year. It is recommended that students apply for the round that immediately precedes the date of travel.

General Guidelines: Eligible expenses include transportation, lodging, registration fees and per diem for food; up to $500 for travel within North America and up to $700 for international travel.

College deadlines (for graduate student submission of materials and departmental graduate program director review to ARHU via the online application portal): 

Round 1 - Monday, October 1, 2018 (for travel taking place between October 1, 2018 and December 2, 2018)

Round 2 - Monday, December 3, 2018 (for travel taking place between December 3, 2018 to May 5, 2019)

Round 3 - Monday, May 6, 2019 (for travel taking place between May 6, 2019 to September 30, 2019)

Please check with individual program graduate director for departmental deadlines previous to these College deadlines and notify them when you have submitted your application. Program Directors will need time to review applications prior to the College deadline.

To apply, please submit the online application form providing the following information:

  • Short CV (including up-to-date contact information and address)
  • Stage of graduate career (e.g., defending dissertation in Fall 2018)
  • Brief description (no more than two paragraphs) of the research to be presented, its significance in the field and the format of the presentation (e.g. paper on a panel, poster presentation). Include a statement of the review process your presentation underwent. Please keep in mind that you are contextualizing your research for non-specialists.
  • Brief description of the conference and its organizing body, including the URL of the conference/organization website
  • Brief Statement of the contribution of your work to your career
  • Statement on whether other funding sources have been sought for this travel (e.g. Goldhaber Travel Awards from the Graduate School).  Students are encouraged to apply for outside funding.
  • Budget of estimated costs
  • Copy of the letter/email accepting the presentation

NOTE: Graduate program directors are asked to submit recommendations for each application from their units via the online application system ( Priority will be given to students attending national or international conferences of major professional organizations and to students nearing the end of their graduate careers who may gain experience and make contacts important for their employment prospects via the supported travel. The intellectual and professional development of each student is also a priority; the ARHU Graduate Fellowships Committee will also provide some funds for students presenting original work at prestigious conferences early in their careers (e.g., before advancing to candidacy).

Preference will be given to students who have not had an ARHU Travel Award in the past. Awards cannot be given for travel that has already taken place.

The online application portal for Round 1 will re-open for new submissions on Monday, September 10, 2018.  To apply, please go to These applications must be entered on taime into the online system to be considered for the current cycle. The online application system will close at midnight on the dedline.

Travel Award FAQs

Step-by-step Guide to the online submission system for Graduate Program Directors

For further information please contact Ashley Richerson Miller at

Goldhaber Travel Awards

As the Graduate School Web site notes, the Jacob K. Goldhaber Travel Grants are intended to help defray the expenses incurred by graduate students who are traveling to scholarly, scientific, or professional conferences to present papers, posters, or other scholarly material. 

International Conference Student Support Awards

The International Conference Student Support Award will reimburse a graduate student’s conference registration fee up to $500. To be eligible, a graduate student must be presenting a paper, poster, or other research or creative material at a major, international scholarly, scientific, or professional conference that is held outside the United States. Eligible graduate students are invited to submit applications for international travel up until the first day of the conference. Funds will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis. Graduate students are eligible to receive the ICSSA twice, once before candidacy (which includes both doctoral and MA students) and a second time after the achievement of candidacy (doctoral students only).

If you have any questions, please contact Robyn Kotzker at (301) 405-0281.