Graduate student travel grant

The Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development makes funds available to assist graduate students currently enrolled in a MEd, MA, EdD, or PhD program to present a refereed paper at an academic conference or professional meeting. The paper can be sole or joint authored, but must be accepted for presentation.

Policies and Procedures

Applicants must be currently enrolled full-time in OLPD and be in good standing. Students enrolled in GRAD 999 are not eligible. Students who have received the Regents Scholarship or other travel grants from the department are not eligible. Grants will be awarded for qualifying professional travel as long as the allocated funds are available. The funding limit is $400 per student each fiscal year (July 1-June 30) to be apportioned among one or more trips. If co-authors are presenting, the maximum travel award will be divided among them. In no case will a travel award exceed $400 for a single presentation. Priority will be given to research papers and to presentations delivered at national or international conferences.

For students nominated by the Department and selected to participate in a graduate student seminar associated with an organization, the Department will pay the program/seminar fee and $400 toward travel without requiring that they present. Students may not apply for funding for attending a seminar as well as funding for a presentation in the same year.

Recipients are expected to share the knowledge and experience from their participation in conferences or professional meetings. We hope that through the granting of these awards an increasing number of graduate students will take advantage of opportunities to engage in research and scholarship activities.

A completed application must be submitted at least 45 days in advance of planned travel. Students are encouraged to contact their advisers for assistance with the application process. Available funding will be distributed across OLPD programs based on student enrollment.

Reimbursement Procedure (post-travel)

Upon completion of travel, grantees must request a travel reimbursement. If the grantee is a University employee, they must submit this reimbursement request through ChromeRiver. If the grantee is not a University employee, they must complete an Employee Expense Worksheet [.xls] and submit it to the OLPD Office Manager.

All reimbursement requests must be submitted within 60 days of the expense date or trip return date.

Application Form

Questions? Please contact

Susan Markgraf, Office Manager
612-624-3472 | markgraf@umn.edu