Student Travel Awards

Open to undergraduate and graduate students majoring in degree programs within the College of Arts & Sciences.

Work closely with a faculty member to hone your research interests and make a contribution to the field. Then network with researchers at conferences to present your findings. Your hard work will help you stand out when searching for a career or applying to graduate or professional school.

Undergraduate degree-seeking students enrolled full-time and graduate degree-seeking students enrolled half-time in any major or degree program in the College of Arts and Sciences are invited to apply for travel funding. The program supports students who want to attend conferences or other professional venues to present their research activities or independent creative work conducted under the advisement of faculty members in the college. Students also may apply for funding to travel to conduct their research or to learn research and creative techniques. Travel awards will not be provided for conference attendance without presentation of research or creative work.

The undergraduate projects can — but do not have to be — supported by the college's undergraduate research program. Travel awards may cover airfare, state vehicle rental, hotel, ground transportation and conference registration fees. An estimated travel budget must be submitted with the application.

If your trip would cost less to fly than drive to on the basis of the state mileage rate, you must justify the need to drive. For example, you will need a car on the site of a research trip to conduct the research. Otherwise, you will not be reimbursed more than the cost of economy airfare to your destination. This is based on State of Kansas travel rules for faculty, staff, and students.

Due to limited funding and our desire to fund as many students as possible, a maximum of $400 is available for undergraduate and graduate student travel awards, which will be made as scholarship awards through the office of student financial assistance. One conference or trip will be supported per student per academic (fall, spring, summer) year. Students must apply at least one month in advance of the trip to be eligible for a maximum of $400. Students who apply less than a month before their travel are not eligible for funding.

For questions, please email


Application for Student Research Travel (or right-click-copy link and paste into browser)

Frequently Asked Questions

Tips for Estimating Your Travel Expenses