Travel Grants

Domestic Travel Grant

The Department of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies annually provides travel awards to help fund domestic travel for a limited number of WGSS graduate students. Domestic travel grant requests cannot exceed $500 per academic year for students presenting at a conference but a only a max of $300 for students attending a conference without presenting (this is only permitted once per grad career). Doctoral candidates on the job market are eligible for an additional $100 (one-time award). These awards are intended to foster WGSS graduate student professional development through participation in conferences, colloquia, and workshops hosted outside of The Ohio State University.

Applications will require a supporting letter from their faculty advisor; a statement of purpose; and, for those presenting at a conference, proof of acceptance and the accepted conference proposal or submission materials if the acceptance is pending. 
 
The statement of purpose should clearly explain the following:
  • The topic of the student’s research, as well as their argument and methodology
  • The significance of the student’s topic and argument in relationship to the scholarship on that topic
  • How these proposed travel plans (research or conference) will specifically benefit the student’s academic and professional development
The Research & Development committee recommends that the student compose a statement of purpose of at least two paragraphs using a word processing program before pasting the information into the online application form. We also recommend that the student compose a statement of purpose of at least two paragraphs. They may want to write a paragraph for each topic indicated above.
 
Applicants will be evaluated based on the significance of the research, the relevance of the proposed travel for the applicant’s research, the clarity of writing, and the overall professionalism of the application. 
 
Due to a limited number of funds and the competitive nature of these grants, students are required to seek funding from outside of the department, including sources such as the Ray Travel Grant or conference assistance. A more comprehensive list for graduate student grants can be found on our resources page
 
NWSA 2016 will be held in Montreal, Quebec and additional travel grants are available through the association. The deadline to apply for those is May 16, 2016. These requests will be considered domestic for the purpose of travel grants and additional funds will be made available within the department. 
 

Application Deadlines

Domestic travel grants must be submitted at least six weeks prior to the conference date to allow for committee review. However, it is recommended students submit as early as possible, in late spring and early fall for travel in autumn semester and in late fall or early spring for travel in spring and summer semester. The Research and Development Committee reviews applications and makes the award and, normally, reviews applications at regularly scheduled monthly meetings during the academic year (September through mid April).
 
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International Travel Grant

Funds for these grants have been allocated by the Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies. Grants are up to a maximum of $1,200, and we expect to be able to fund 3 grants per academic year. These awards are intended to foster Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies graduate student professional development through direct participation in conferences, colloquia and workshops hosted outside the United States.
 
Because of the limited number of international travel grants, funding is especially competitive for international travel grants. Students may receive this award once during their term of graduate studies. Additionally, because available departmental funds may not cover all expenses relating to international travel, students are required to seek additional sources of funding through other on-campus programs (Graduate School, Office of International Affairs, etc.) and through student support often offered by conference organizing committees. A more comprehensive list for graduate student grants can be found on our resources page
 

Application Deadlines

The deadlines are October 14, 2016 and March 17, 2017. In addition to the two deadlines, applications will also be considered if a professional opportunity to travel internationally arises that does not fit either of the two deadlines. You must submit at least two months prior to your conference date to allow for committee review. It is recommended students submit as early as possible, in late spring and early fall for travel in autumn semesters and in late fall or early spring for travel in spring and summer semesters. The Research and Development Committee reviews applications and makes the award and, normally, reviews applications at regularly scheduled monthly meetings during the academic year (September through mid April).
 
Questions 
For more information about the 2015-2016 travel grant process, please contact Professor Linda Mizejewski, committee chair at mizejewski.1@osu.edu.  
 
 
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