Graduate Travel Grants

Please note that you must be a current WGSS graduate student to apply for these 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.
  • A max of $300 is awarded to students attending a conference without presenting (this is only permitted once per grad career and does count towards your annual allocation).
  • 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 and research support through participation in conferences, colloquia, and workshops hosted outside of The Ohio State University as well as supporting research and fieldwork travel.

Applications will require 1) approval from the student’s faculty advisor; 2) the topic of the student’s research, as well as their argument and methodology (abstract of paper), 3) how these proposed travel plans (research or conference) will specifically benefit the student’s academic and professional development, and 4) for those presenting at a conference, proof of acceptance or submission materials if the acceptance is pending. 

Due to a limited number of funds and the competitive nature of these grants, students are encouraged to seek funding from outside of the department, including sources such as the Arts and Sciences Small Grants, the Ray Travel Grant or conference assistance. A more comprehensive list for graduate student grants can be found on our resources page

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).

Following the conference/travel: All awarded students will be required to submit a brief (1-page) summary within 30 days of your return so that we may use this information to recognize donors. Receipts are not required for these travel grants but other university awards may differ. 

Funds will be disbursed through the Office of Financial Aid and applied to your student account. Please note that you must set up your direct deposit in order to receive any financial aid refunds electronically, otherwise a paper check will be mailed. This can be setup through SIS/BuckeyeLink and it is different than your payroll direct deposit. 

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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 as well as research and fieldwork travel.

Applications will require 1) approval from the student’s faculty advisor; 2) the topic of the student’s research, as well as their argument and methodology (abstract of paper), 3) how these proposed travel plans (research or conference) will specifically benefit the student’s academic and professional development, and 4) for those presenting at a conference, proof of acceptance or submission materials if the acceptance is pending. 

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. It is likely that departmental funds will not cover all expenses relating to international travel and thus 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

International Travel Registration

OSU students using university funding for international travel are required to register their travel through OIA's Education Abroad which includes enrolling in supplemental insurance coverage and additional health and safety information. Read more about these requirements on the Student Travel Page

Application Deadlines

The deadlines are October 16, 2017 and March 16, 2018. 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 six weeks 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).

Following the conference/travel: All awarded students will be required to submit a brief (1-page) summary within 30 days of your return so that we may use this information to recognize donors. Receipts are not required for these travel grants but other university awards may differ. 

Funds will be disbursed through the Office of Financial Aid and applied to your student account. Please note that you must set up your direct deposit in order to receive any financial aid refunds electronically, otherwise a paper check will be mailed. This can be setup through SIS/BuckeyeLink and it is different than your payroll direct deposit. 

 
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Questions 

For more information about the travel grant process, please contact Professor Mary Thomas at thomas.167@osu.edu. 

View Past Travel Grant Awardees

 
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