Participation in professional conferences, meetings, and creative competitions is a wonderful opportunity for students’ professional development. JMU Student Activities, Initiatives, and Research in the office of Research and Scholarship offers a competitive and selective travel grant program that provides support for undergraduate and graduate students across the disciplines to share their scholarly and creative work with their academic and professional communities.

Eligibility (must meet all requirements)
  • Full-time undergraduate or graduate students who are currently enrolled and in good standing at James Madison University. 
  • Students must be one of the identified authors/presenters who contributed to the work. 
  • 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. 
  • Presentation must be accepted for consideration for an award and must occur during the academic year in which the student applies (July 1-June 30th).
Types of Travel Grants
  • Regional Grant: $200 
  • National Grant: $500 
  • International Grant (graduate students only): $700 
Evaluation Criteria
  • Quality of described work
  • Significance of project
  • Impact on professional development
  • Quality of overall application
Description of Grants

Type of Award



Regional Travel

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


National Travel

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



International Travel
(graduate students only)

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


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. Travel must occur within the fiscal year in which the grant is awarded (i.e., between July 1 and June 30th). Award payments will be processed from current year funds if the conference is held and expenses are submitted by June 15 of each year.

Upon completion of travel, Research and Scholarship 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 by the deadline.

Applications and Deadlines

Graduate Students

Undergraduate Students

  • September 29
  • February 9
  • May 10
  • To open soon

Competition for the 2023-2024 Graduate Travel Grant Award is now open.

Graduate Students:

Undergraduate students:

  • Undergraduate travel grant applications for the 2023-2024 academic year to open soon

For more information, contact

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