Travel Support

Request for Graduate Student Travel Support

The Graduate School encourages graduate students to present at conferences as part of its mission to deliver high-quality graduate-degree programs that foster students' advanced academic and professional development (Strategic Plan:  Campus Goal 3). To this end, students may apply for funds to be used in partial support of travel for the dissemination of their scholarly or artistic contributions associated with their graduate studies at UMD, or for research in certain cases. Examples include presentation of research from a thesis or project paper at an academic conference, or travel for performance as part of a Master of Music degree program. It is expected that the student will attempt to secure other support for travel through their advisor, program, department, and college.

What to do:

  1. Fill out the Student Travel Support application form. (Make a copy of the form here.)
     
  2. Share the completed form with the Director of Graduate Studies in your program​, and request approval/support​.
     
  3. (New process effective 2/8/2022) ​If approved, t​he DGS will use the DGS Endorsement for Travel Support google form to submit the application and a short statement of support to the UMD Graduate Office. Note:  To upload the application to the google form, first save it to your Drive, or download it as a pdf.
     
  4. The DGS and the student will be notified of the decision, usually within two weeks. Travel funding is generally not approved for conference attendance only; students must be presenting their work. 
     
  5. If ​approved, the funds will be transferred to your program office, and you will work with staff there to request reimbursement of expenses up to the awarded amount.

Note:  Use of University funds for travel must be in compliance with University Policy. Traveling internationally on University business requires registration of the travel.

Per diem rates are linked here.