Research & Travel Award


Graduate Student Research and Travel Awards are administered by the Department of Psychology and funded by both the department and the College of Liberal Arts. Funds are awarded to students in good standing for psychology research expenses (research award), or first author travel expenses from presenting at a psychology conference or meeting (travel award).

The award amount in FY22 (July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2022) is $600.

The award amount in FY23 (July 1, 2022 - June 30, 2023) is $1,200. The increase for FY23 is temporary; the award amount will likely revert back to $600 in subsequent fiscal years.

Within the fiscal year, students may apply for a travel award, research award, or both. The total/combined amount of funds awarded to a student will be up to $1,200 in FY23. To maximize funding and avoid increased administrative burden, we expect that students will submit no more than 2 applications in FY23 to reach the $1,200 mark. However, an exception will be made for students presenting at a conference or meeting as first author virtually, who will have lower expenses (e.g., conference registration only). Please contact Heidi Wolff at if you would like to discuss your situation.

Students should submit a separate application for each travel or research award (e.g., each conference) and list the expenses on the budget page of the application. The applications may be submitted separate from one another at separate times during the fiscal year. 

For applicants enrolled in a credit/tuition-bearing course, award funds are credited to student accounts. Balances due on student accounts will be deducted from the award, financial aid may be adjusted as a result of the award, and the award may be subject to taxable income. For applicants not enrolled in a credit/tuition-bearing course (e.g., enrolled in GRAD 999), award funds are paid out in the form of reimbursement.

Before students submit an application, they should be aware of how they will receive their funds and consider any barriers to the use of those funds. For example, in the case of research awards being used for subject payments, applicants should make a plan for how they will pay subjects. If a faculty member's PCard will be used to make the payments, applicants may ask for an exception to the award payout process. They may request a chartstring for the faculty member to use when reconciling their PCard expenses. Applicants should select this option on the budget page of their application.

Notes About Travel Award:

  • The deadline to submit an application is no later than 2 weeks prior to the first date of travel. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be accepted. Early application submissions are encouraged, as soon as presentation acceptance is received from the conference. 
  • A student must be first author on a presentation in order to be eligible for the award.

Notes About Research Award:

  • The award may be used for participant payments, software and other study materials, and trainings or workshops needed to successfully complete the proposed project.
  • The award cannot be used to attend a training, workshop, or conference that is not directly connected to a proposed project.