Travel Grants for Academic Conferences

Travel Grants support students who wish to present their research at scholarly meetings off campus and may be used to defray the cost of travel and/or conference registration fees to participate in an academic conference.

Grants may be awarded to students who are presenting a research paper or a poster at a scholarly meeting. The fund will provide grants of up to $500. Students may apply for one travel grant per academic year. Graduating seniors are eligible for funding if their research will be presented at an academic conference before they graduate.

The deadlines for submissions of application materials is September 20, November 1, February 1 or May 1. A committee will review the applications and inform selected students by October 1, November 15, February 15 or May 15 depending on the submission cycle.

To apply for a grant:

  • Print and complete the application form.
  • Complete a one-page proposal outlining the nature of the conference, the level of their participation and the nature of your paper (if applicable).
  • Obtain a letter of support from the undergraduate chair or program director of your major.
  • Submit the material above before the application deadline to:

Ms. Tracey Dennis-Booker, traceyde@sas.upenn.edu
The College Office, University of Pennsylvania
120 Cohen Hall, 249 South 36th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6304

Reimbursement

  • Travel claims must be submitted within 30 days of a student's return.
  • Submit your original receipts to:

Ms. Ellen Liebman
The College Office, University of Pennsylvania
120 Cohen Hall, 249 South 36th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6304

  • After submitting receipts, log into Concur Travel and Expense and designate Ms. Liebman as the expense delegate in your profile.
  • Include boarding pass from airline or train/bus fare stubs plus original purchase receipt or email receipt. Credit card receipts do not qualify as proper documentation
  • The College cannot offer an advance on the funds, nor can the College pre-pay via American Express Travel.