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Department Travel and Research Grants

Travel and Research Grants period:

  •  October 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020
  •  January 1, 2021 - March 31, 2021
  •  April 1, 2021 - August 31, 2021

Deadline to apply for funds:

  • Fall: October 31
  • Winter: January 15
  • Spring: March 15

A limited amount of funding has been made available to support graduate students with travel and research expenses related to their dissertation research. Please review your needs and plan carefully. Funds are limited. We will be announcing additional call in Winter, Spring and Summer Quarters.


Students must be enrolled full-time, registered during the grant period, within graduate time limits for support, and in good academic standing. Travel must be certified Student Business Travel per UC requirements.

  • Travel awards are intended to cover expenses involving the presentation of a student's scholarly paper or at a meeting of a recognized society, conference, festival, or symposium. Travel to engage in research with primary sources will also be considered. Applicable expenses are transportation costs, lodging, and conference fees (no meals).
  • Research awards are intended to support research projects by assisting with research related expenses, such as human subjects payments, software, data acquisition, and supplies needed for dissertation research.

Grants will not be awarded for:

  • computing equipment
  • costs associated with preparation of the final copy of the dissertation or thesis (including typing, copying, microfilming, photography or related costs)
  • meals while traveling to present a paper at a meeting


  • $600 maximum for Domestic Travel
  • $1,000 maximum for International Travel
  • $600-$1,000 for Research


Submit your grant request online by October 31.


  • Applications will be reviewed by department staff in conjunction with the Vice-Chair of Graduate Studies.


  • Decisions will be emailed within approximately 10 business days after the deadline.

Other Travel/Research Funding Opportunities

Graduate Student Association (GSA) Travel Grants

GSA has created a Travel Grant program to award graduate and professional students grants of up to $300 or $500 to help you travel to conferences where you will be presenting their own professional work. This program is funded by GSA, Graduate Division, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and the Office of the Chancellor.

Three rounds of applications will be held each year, one during each quarter. Funding will be awarded randomly from the full pool of eligible applications. Preference will be given to students who have not received a GSA travel award during the current academic year, defined as the first day of instruction of the fall quarter up until the first day of instruction of the fall quarter of the subsequent year. Applicants must be presenting a paper or giving a talk on their own original research.

Any questions about the Travel Grant program can be directed to

Intercampus Exchange Program

Funding from the Academic Senate office supporting travel to other UC campuses for research projects and collaborations. This does NOT include conferences, meetings, talks, or presentations. Up to $250 for either airfare or mileage (whichever is most economical) can be provided. Please email Nicole with the following information:

  • Faculty Member name (who you are working with at the other UC)
  • Title of the Project
  • Anticipated dates of travel
  • Mapquest of mileage route, or airfare quote

You will receive an email confirmation if your trip is eligible for funding. 

Although funding comes from Academic Senate, funds are managed by each department, so please do not contact Academic Senate directly for these funds.

For questions, please email