Graduate Travel Program

The Humanities Center annually budgets funds to encourage graduate students in the humanities and the arts to present their research or artistic work at national conferences and exhibitions. To apply for this funding, graduate students must include a personal statement indicating how presenting their work will help them further their understanding of the topic and help their academic future professional careers. Graduate students outside the humanities are also free to apply if their talks are of particular interest to scholars in the humanities and the arts. The Center offers $500 in travel assistance to successful applicants.

Apply for the 23-24 Graduate Travel Program


  • Fall 2023: September 22, 2023
  • Winter 2024: December 1, 2023
  • Spring/Summer 2024: April 5, 2024


All graduate students in the humanities, arts, or related disciplines. Students outside of the traditional humanities should demonstrate that their proposed presentations have significant humanistic or artistic content.

The applicant must be the sole presenter, or the principal presenter in a group presentation. In the latter case, only one student will be funded from the group. Only one student per department will be funded to go to a particular conference.

Recipients may not reapply for additional funding to present the same paper, whether for the purpose of supplementing their original grant or for presenting the paper at another conference.


The Center budgets up to $3,000 in the academic year to support this program.

In an effort to spread this funding across the full academic year, the Center budgets $1,000 (2 grants) for the Fall Semester, $1,500 (3 grants) for the Winter Semester and $500 (1 grant) for the Spring/Summer Semester.

Each award recipient will be funded $500 for travel to conferences or exhibitions held nationally or internationally between September 1, 2023 and August 13, 2024.

Each applicant must submit the following before attending the conference:

  1. A cover letter including the student's department affiliation, a mailing address and e-mail address, the name and location of the conference to be attended and the dates on which will travel.
  2. Evidence that his or her paper/artwork has been accepted by the conference or exhibition. This should take the form of an email to the student from the conference organizers.
  3. An abstract of the paper to be presented or description of the work to be exhibited.
  4. A short personal statement indicating the significance of this presentation to the student's academic future professional career.
  5. An itemized estimated budget including, if applicable, financial support from other units.
  6. A letter from the student's advisor in support of his/her application.

Email questions to: Jaime Goodrich (