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American Studies Graduate Student Conference and Research Travel Awards

Due to the generous financial support of our donors, the Department of American Studies is able to offer modest awards to graduate students for expenses related to academic conferences and research travel.  To receive an award, students must be registered for at least one credit during the semester they receive this funding (registered in spring to receive summer funding), and they must be making appropriate progress toward the completion of their degree.  

The Director of Graduate Studies must receive applications for awards at least 4 weeks before travel begins.  Awards are based on the availability of funding, and they will be given at the discretion of the faculty members serving on the Graduate Studies Committee, in consultation with the Department Chair. Students are eligible for only one award per academic semester.  Priority will be given to students who have not yet received a department travel award. 

For Conferences: Graduate students presenting papers at a scholarly/professional conference may receive up to $100 in reimbursement for transportation costs.  Graduate students attending job market interviews at the annual meeting of the American Studies Association, or elsewhere, similarly may receive up to $100 for transportation costs. To receive a conference travel award, students must complete the Travel Award Application and provide evidence of participation in the conference (e.g., notification that a paper has been accepted, or invitation to a conference interview).       

For Research: Graduate students whose research requires them to travel out of town may receive up to $100 in reimbursement for research-related purchases (e.g., the cost of photocopies, copyrights to photographs, etc.) These purchases must contribute directly to the student's M.A. thesis, M.A. article, or doctoral dissertation.  To receive a research travel award, students must complete the Travel Award Application and provide receipts documenting research-related purchases.     

Graduate Student Travel Award Application (PDF)


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