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The Graduate School Travel Grant Program

Participation in professional conferences, meetings and creative competitions is critical to graduate students’ professional development. The Graduate School is pleased to offer a competitive travel grant program that provides support for graduate students to share their scholarly and creative work with their professional communities.

Eligibility
  • Graduate students who are currently enrolled and in good standing at James Madison University and be one of the identified authors/presenters who contributed to the work are eligible to apply.
  • Students may apply more than once if their initial grant application is unsuccessful. However, students may only receive one travel grant in a given academic year.
Types of Travel Grants
  • Regional Grant: $200
  • National Grant: $500
  • International Grant: $700
Application Deadlines
  • September 15
  • January 15
  • March 31
Evaluation Criteria
  • Quality of described work
  • Significance of project
  • Impact on professional development
  • Quality of overall application
Description of Grants

Type of Award

Description

Amount

Regional Travel

Students traveling to a conference in the District of Columbia, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, and southern Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh & Philadelphia)

$200

National Travel

Students traveling within the United States (not including Hawaii and Alaska) to states that are not listed in the regional travel guidelines.

$500

 

International Travel

Travel outside of the United States, and to Hawaii and Alaska.

$700



Application Submitted By:

Review Will Begin On:

Notifications will be emailed by:

September 15

September 16

October 7

January 15

January 16

February 6

March 31

April 3

April 17


Travel reimbursement is limited to permitted expenses as defined by university policy, requires prior authorization, and will require proper documentation of expenses. Students receiving grants should discuss their travel plans in advance with the staff member in their academic department who assists with travel reimbursements. Upon completion of travel, TGS will transfer funds to your academic department to permit the reimbursement of expenses. All reimbursements are handled through the student’s academic department. It is the student’s responsibility to complete all university required authorization and reimbursement forms in their academic department.

To apply for a grant, there are two steps to the process: 1) Carefully complete the application linked below (must be typed to be considered), save the completed .pdf file, and then submit the .pdf document to The Graduate School at grad@jmu.edu. The electronic submission should not be a scanned file of the printed document; it must be the .pdf that you have saved once you have completed the application form. 2) After submitting electronically, print it out, obtain the necessary signatures, and bring the completed form to The Graduate School office on the 4th floor of Madison Hall. Applications may be submitted any time and will be considered on September 15, January 15, and March 31. Students Receiving grants will be notified by e-mail approximately two weeks following these review dates.

Travel Grant Timeline and Process
timeline and process

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