Penn State encourages graduate students to present their research at conferences and professional meetings in the United States and at events around the world. To support this goal of global leadership in scholarship and international engagements, Penn State offers funds to support this type of travel.
College-Level Travel Support
The graduate student travel fund has been replenished for the 2017-18 academic year. Applications will be accepted for travel from July 1, 2017, through June 30, 2018, or as long as funds are available.
Travel grants for graduate students are intended to support students presenting their research at a conference.
The following requirements are in effect for the 2017-18 academic year:
- Faculty advisers are required to cost-share the travel expenses for their graduate students. Sources of faculty funding can be through research budgets, start-up funds, or any other funds under the control of the faculty, as long as it is an appropriate use for travel costs. If funding is not available, an explanation must be given explaining why funds are not being provided.
- Department cost-share is required.
- The College will only match the faculty share up to a maximum of $500 per request.
- Two graduate student travel requests per year per faculty member (level of support will be a maximum of $500 per academic year, per student). Example: This amount can support two students at $500 each or five students at $200 each, or any combination, but it cannot total more than $1000 per faculty member per academic year.
- Graduate students must be presenting at the conference.
- The Graduate Student Travel Cost Share Form must have faculty and department signatures before submitting to the Office of Engineering Education in 102A Hammond for approval a minimum of one week prior to travel. Please allow adequate time for processing in the department prior to submission to 102A Hammond. Incomplete and late submissions will not be considered.
University-Level Travel Support
The University Office of Global Programs (UOGP) maintains a fund to support graduate travel related to the presentation of the scholarly work of Penn State graduate students at international conferences or other major professional meetings outside the United States. The goal is to promote and support global leadership in scholarship and international engagements. More