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Travel and Research Funds

The Graduate School recognizes the importance of conference and research travel to your graduate education. To support graduate student professionalization, we offer the following travel and research funds.

FOUNDATION TRAVEL GRANT

The Graduate Council's Budget Advisory Committee oversees distribution of travel grants for doctoral students. Since applications typically exceed funds, the committee rates applicants on the following criteria:

Graduate Level

Although all doctoral students are eligible, preference is given to doctoral students who are advanced to candidacy (ABD). Support amount limitations are:

  • $500/year for ABD students
  • $250/year for non-ABD doctoral students

Travel Purpose

  • First Priority: travel to conferences where the student's name appears on the program. Applicants must submit a letter from the conference organizers accepting the student's work/proposal, a copy of the conference program or other conference materials containing the student's name as a participant.
  • Second Priority: travel for dissertation research. Applicants must include a clear, brief explanation of no more than 250 words, detailing the need for and purposes of travel. This application should be accompanied by a short statement of support by the student's graduate advisor, the graduate director of the student's program, or the chair of the student's department.
  • Travel for other purposes will be considered at a lower priority.

Other Selection Criteria

  • priority is given to applicants who have not received travel grants the previous two semesters
  • visibility/significance of conference
  • type of presentation: preference is given to papers over posters
  • departmental support, demonstrated through letters of support and/or additional funding
  • additional grant support, such as faculty grant or start-up funds

Other Details

  • Awards will be coordinated as fully as possible with the graduate student conference, travel or research funding support available through the GSO. Students may apply for both; amounts received will depend on the funds available and the number of applicants.
  • Expenses covered include billed travel or mileage reimbursement ($0.55 for 2012), conference registration and lodging. Meals are excluded. Please provide original receipts for all eligible expenses.

Timelines

The Graduate Council's Budget Advisory Committee meets to review applications once each semester. Applicants will be notified of the results of their application following that meeting. Grants will be made, if possible, before student travel takes place. Students may apply for expenses related to travel if travel occurred within the time periods specified below and if original receipts are provided.

How to Apply

Complete and submit the Foundation Travel Grant Application to the Office of the Graduate School, AD-134.

All applications, which must be typed or word-processed, require clear explanations of the purpose of travel, a detailed budget or expense account, and the signature of a graduate director or dissertation adviser, indicating their endorsement of the proposal.

Application Deadlines For Travel Between
Fall: 1st Friday of November Aug 1 and Jan 31
Spring: 1st Friday of April Feb 1 and July 31

 

ROSA COLECCHIO DISSERTATION RESEARCH FUND

For Dissertation Research Enhancement

Programs are invited to encourage students to apply for the Rosa Colecchio Travel Award for Dissertation Research Enhancement when travel enhances the student's dissertation work in a way that could not be accomplished otherwise. Only doctoral students who have been admitted to candidacy are eligible to apply. Student travel is encouraged to obtain access to otherwise unobtainable:

  • library materials
  • archival materials
  • original source materials
  • techniques, equipment and methodologies not available on this campus
  • opportunities to carry out extraordinary field research

This program cannot be used for travel to a professional meeting.

Applicants may request up to $300. One or more awards, depending on availability of funds, are made each year. Requests are reviewed by an advisory committee of faculty and graduate students appointed by the dean of The Graduate School. Awards are based on consideration of well-presented and justified need, and the merit of the project.

How to Apply

Complete and submit the Rosa Colecchio Application to The Graduate School, Couper Administration Building, Room 134, by the 4th Friday of March. Awards are announced during the last week of April.

This program is funded through an endowment established through the Binghamton University Foundation by the family of Rosa Romano Colecchio.

CLARK TRAVEL GRANT

Graduate students who have received a Clifford D. Clark Diversity Fellowship for Graduate Students may apply for travel funding on a competitive basis. An advisory committee oversees distribution of Clark travel grants for Clark fellows.

Although all Clark fellows are eligible, preference is given to doctoral students who are advanced to candidacy (ABD). Support amount limitations are:

  • $800/year for ABD students
  • $500/year for non-ABD doctoral students and MS students

Travel Purpose

  • First Priority: travel to conferences where the student is the presenting author. Applicants must submit a letter from the conference organizers accepting the student's work/proposal, a copy of the conference program, or other conference materials containing the student's name as a participant.
  • Second Priority: travel for dissertation research. Applicants must include a clear, brief explanation of no more than 250 words, detailing the need for and purposes of travel. This application should be accompanied by a short statement of support by the student's graduate advisor, the graduate director of the student's program, or the chair of the student's department.
  • Travel for other purposes will be considered at a lower priority.

Other Selection Criteria

  • Priority is given to applicants who have not received Clark travel grants the previous two semesters
  • Visibility/significance/diversity of conference
  • Type of presentation: preference is given to papers over posters (this may depend on individual programs)
  • Department support, demonstrated through letters of support and/or additional funding

Other Details

  • Amounts received will depend on the funds available and the number of applicants.
  • Expenses covered include billed travel or mileage reimbursement, conference registration and lodging. Meals are excluded.  Please provide original receipts for all eligible expenses.

Timelines

An advisory committee reviews applications once each semester. Applicants will be notified of the results of their application following that meeting. Grants will be made, if possible, before student travel takes place. Students may apply for expenses related to travel if travel occurred within the time periods specified below and if original receipts are provided.                                              

Application Deadlines For Travel Between
Fall: 1st Friday of November Aug.1 and Jan.31
Spring: 1st Friday of April Feb.1 and Jul.31

 

How to Apply

Complete and submit the Clark Travel Grant Application to Jessica Williams, Office of the Graduate School, AD-134.

All applications, must be typed or word-processed, and require clear explanations of the purpose of travel, a detailed budget or expense account, and the signature of a graduate director or dissertation adviser, indicating their endorsement of the proposal.


GSO TRAVEL GRANT

Any graduate student in good standing (as determined by The Graduate School) may apply for travel reimbursement through the Graduate Student Organization's Graduate Student Conference and Travel Research Fund (GSCTRF). If awarded, the GSCTRF reimburses students up to half of their travel expenses, with a maximum of $700 per academic year. Students can receive up to $2,000 in total GSCTRF funds during their academic careers at Binghamton University.

How to Apply

Complete and submit the GSCTRF application to the GSO Office, Library North 2441.

The application requires signatures from the applicant, original receipts for expenses, a detailed budget, an abstract of the presentation, and a copy of the conference program documenting the student's presentation.

Due within thirty days of the conference/trip.

 

 

OTHER FUNDING RESOURCES

In addition to University sponsored funds, graduate students should explore outside funding resources with the assistance of their academic departments.

Potential resources for external funding:


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Last Updated: 9/4/14