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Funding for Travel

Applying for Travel Expense Funds


*All Travel Award applications must be completed at least 2 weeks prior to the requested trip.  Once the Travel Award has been received, a Travel Expense form must also be completed prior to your trip.*

Please contact Susan Hilderbrand to obtain all Travel Award applications and Travel Expense forms.

Travel for Presenting Papers at a Conference

Graduate students planning to present research at a conference, whether domestic or international, should apply in the first instance to the Graduate School for up to $500 in travel expenses. Students may apply concurrently to the Department for up to $250 for a domestic conference or $1000 for an international conference. (Note: this rule pertains *only* to students who have not already exhausted their allotted number of Graduate School-funded trips.) 

The Department will also support one additional conference annually per student, up to $750 for domestic travel and $1250 for international travel.

In all cases, students must submit a cover sheet, available from Susan Hilderbrand, and a detailed budget of expenses, at least a month ahead of the scheduled trip.

Please note that reimbursable expenses include but are not limited to, airfare, lodging, meals, transportation to archives (per IRS business mileage rate) and photocopy or microfilming fees.

The Graduate Student Council awards travel grants of up to $300 to students who will be presenting a paper at a conference.

Students interviewing for jobs at the AHA meetings may apply to the Department for support in the amount of $100.

Travel for Research

The William Campbell Binkley Graduate Education Fund  provides small grants-in-aid for research related either to the doctoral dissertation or to seminar papers and projected articles that may not form part of the dissertation.  They are available to students in good standing at any stage of the graduate program.  Students may receive a Binkley award up to a maximum of three times during their academic career.  Awards will not exceed $500 for domestic travel and $1,000 for international travel. Students may not hold a Binkley grant and a Weaver Summer Research Award simultaneously.

The Herbert and Blanche Henry Weaver Summer Fellowship Awards in History Fund provides funding for research and is available to students in good standing at any stage of the graduate program.  Funded research need not be related directly to a doctoral dissertation.  Applications must include a clear description of the topic, how it will be addressed and its larger historical/historiographical significance.  Awards will not exceed $3,000 for international travel, or $2,000 for domestic travel.  Preference will be given to students who can show that they applied for funding from sources other than the History Department, including those who applied unsuccessfully to the College of Arts and Science for a summer research award.  If you have already received a grant worth less than $2,000, you may apply for a Weaver Fellowship to make up the difference.  Students may not hold a Binkley grant and a Weaver Summer Research Award simultaneously.