Travel Resources for Graduate Students

Reminder: Travel is only permitted with prior approval, per Penn State policy. Contact your department head to submit a request for travel. Once the department head approves, the request will move to Justin Schwartz, Harold and Inge Marcus Dean of Engineering, for final approval. This approval process is only for permission to travel and is unrelated to funding.

College-Level Travel Support

The College of Engineering is no longer allocating funds for graduate student travel at the college level. Graduate students seeking support for travel must submit their requests to their respective department.

University Office of Global Programs

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. For more information, go to Travel Grants & Scholarships on the Global Penn State website.

University Park Allocation Committee

University Park Allocation Committee (UPAC) will only consider funding for travel where the students attending will be taking an active role in the travel experience. A student traveling for the purpose of presenting their personal research is not eligible for UPAC funding for the date(s) that they are presenting their own research, as the travel experience would result in personal gain that is essential for academic progress. Ineligibility only applies to the student(s) involved with presenting their own research and may not affect other students attending. For more information, visit the relevant page on UPAC’s website: International Travel if traveling abroad or Domestic Travel if traveling within the United States.