January 6, 2014
TO: Department Chairpersons and Graduate Program Directors
FROM: David A. Francko
SUBJECT: Graduate Student Research and Travel Support Fund
On behalf of the Graduate School, welcome to the start of Spring Term
2014! The Graduate School will once again provide supplemental funding
for graduate student research projects and travel to present research
results at conferences. Please notify your faculty and graduate
students that they may submit proposals for the support of graduate
research and travel during January through August 2014 using the
Working together as partners, we can ensure that every UA graduate
student has sufficient funding to conduct high-quality research and that
every UA graduate student presents at least one paper per year at a
national or international meeting. At international meetings, we hope
that students will avail themselves of other opportunities for learning
and interaction at a foreign venue.
For Research Awards, priority will be given to thesis, pre-dissertation,
and dissertation research. For Travel Awards, priority will be given to
graduate students who have been accepted to present personally their own
research (or creative activity) at a national or international meeting
of their discipline's major academic/professional organization, although
regional meetings are also supported.
Deadline: January 23, 2014
As in previous years, if students have already made firm plans for
presenting papers at conferences during spring OR summer 2014, PLEASE
include these funding requests in the January 23, 2014 RFP submission.
However, we recognize that for many students, abstract acceptances for
summer meetings do not arrive until later in the spring semester.
In April 2014 we will be offering a 3rd Research and Travel Support
Fund RFP that will cover supplemental summer 2014 travel and research
needs. Again, if a student already knows that they will be
presenting anytime between January through August, please include them
in your January 23 submission.
To maximize the number of students that can be funded, as well as the
total amount of funding for student research and travel, we will
continue the cost-sharing program that was initiated in Fall 2006. This
approach has been extraordinarily successful. This past semester alone,
we funded 303 students with more than $211,000 in total awards, compared
with 230 students and $123,345 for the entire 2006-07 year! Our
2013-14 goal is 900 students and $600,000 in total funding.
Departments may submit as many nominations as they deem appropriate,
provided that each nomination be matched with some sort of departmental
or college cost share and all nominations above 3 be matched at least
1:1 with non-Graduate School funds.
Requests for awards should be initiated by the student's faculty adviser
and endorsed and submitted by the department chair to the Graduate
School. The memorandum should include a budget, information about
cost sharing, and, if travel is involved, an indication as to whether or
not the student will be personally presenting his or her own work. If
you are submitting requests for more than one student, please rank
order your requests.
For year-end tax reporting purposes, please indicate on the cover sheet
for proposal whether each nominee is a U.S. resident or not.
INTERNATIONAL EDUCATIONAL/RESEARCH ENRICHMENT TRAVEL COMPONENT
International experiences are important to ALL UA students, including
graduate students. Presenting work at an international meeting is an
excellent way for grad students to accomplish TWO goals – improve their
CVs and learn about the host country in which the meeting is being held.
To encourage more international paper presentations and actively
encourage grad students to take advantage of ‘value-added’ international
educational or research enrichment components of an international
conference, we are pleased to continue a program we piloted last year.
In addition to providing up to $300 in travel support for an
international paper/poster presentation, we will provide up to an
additional $300 (matched 1:1 with departmental/ college support) to fund
pre- or post-conference educational or research enrichment activity that
can be bundled onto the paper presentation trip, either sponsored by the
conference organizers or ad hoc activities with a strong research or
educational component (i.e., no skiing trip in the Alps after a meeting
To apply for this supplementary funding, just use the existing form and
indicate that you are seeking both meeting travel and international
enrichment funding (thus total request can be up to $600 per
meeting/experience). Be sure to describe the international educational/
research activities you plan to participate in. Again, we require that
Graduate School funding be matched at least 1:1.
Please let me know if you have any questions.