Graduate Student Travel and Research Award

The Graduate Student Travel and Research Award is administered by the Department of Psychology. It is available to enrolled Psychology graduate students in any year of the program who are in good standing and who meet the requirements for award payout. Students may apply for either a travel award or a research award.

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Award Details

Award Types

  • Travel Award: Funds travel or registration expenses to attend and present a poster/paper as first-author at a conference or workshop.
    • Attendance may be in-person or virtual
  • Research Award: Funds materials and resources needed to successfully complete the applied project.
    • Materials and resources include:
      • Participant payments
      • Software and other project materials
      • Training or workshop

Award Amount

  • FY 24 (July 1, 2023 - June 30, 2024) - Up to $800 per student
  • FY 23 (July 1, 2022 - June 30, 2023) - Up to $1,200 per student

Application Process

How to Apply

To apply, submit an application via the online form.


  • Students may apply for a travel award, research award, or both within a fiscal year (July 1 - June 30).
  • Students who apply/request support in summer, or for any other semester in which they are not registered for a credit/tuition-bearing course, should review the Award Disbursement sections.
    • Up to two applications may be submitted per fiscal year. 
      • Separate applications must be submitted for each award type or conference. Applications may be submitted at separate times within the fiscal year.
      • Students presenting virtually (versus in person) may be eligible for an exception to the application limit due to lower expenses.
    • The maximum amount of funds applied for in a fiscal year may not exceed the total annual limit.

Required Application Materials

Applicants will be asked within the online application form to upload a single pdf of the following application materials.

  • Budget
    • List each expense and its estimated cost (i.e., show how you would spend the award amount).
    • All expenses must be in accordance with the University’s Business Expenses policy. Please contact Psychology Finance if you have questions.
  • Abstract
  • Notification from the conference showing the presentation was accepted
  • Faculty advisor approval
    • Include a copy of an email from them that shows they gave you their approval to submit the application. The approval should be brief; it simply takes the place of an approval signature.


  • Travel Award: No later than 2 weeks prior to the first date of travel
  • Research Award: Prior to purchases being made/expenses being incurred

Award Disbursement

Award Disbursement Options

  • Student Account Deposit
    • This is the default payout method for this award.
    • Students must be enrolled in at least one credit/tuition-bearing course at the time of funds disbursement. 
    • Federal aid policies require students to be enrolled in a credit/tuition-bearing course to receive aid. Students are therefore strongly encouraged to proactively request anticipated summer support during the spring semester to ensure their requests can be fulfilled before a student incurs travel or research costs. Note that this represents a change in procedure effective Summer 2024, as GRD 4999 registration has been discontinued by UMN in compliance with updated federal aid disbursement policies.
    • The deadlines for requesting awards for disbursement in a semester with credit-bearing enrollment are as follows:
      • Fall semester: November 1 (applicable for students who will be on GRAD 999 in spring)
      • Spring semester: April 1
    • 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.

      Students who request support in a semester without credit-bearing registration will be advised on applicable options, listed below. The Department’s goal will be to provide as timely of payout as possible in alignment with University policies for disbursing financial aid. Please note that there may be circumstances where the department is unable to fulfill a student’s request under the available options and policies.
  • Reimbursement
    • If student account deposit isn’t possible (e.g., student isn’t registered for credit), reimbursement will be allowed for conference travel that qualifies as University business, provided that the reimbursement request is submitted to Psychology Finance within 30 days of travel completion. “University business” applies to cases where students are presenting a paper or poster. Students who are traveling for research or professional development/training are not eligible for reimbursement. 
    • Recipients will need to pay for their expenses out-of-pocket, then request reimbursement from Psychology Finance.
    • Funds for research subject payments cannot be paid out via reimbursement, per UMN policy. 
  • Account String 
    • Faculty PCard
      • Recipients may request on their application to have expenses paid directly by a faculty advisor using a University Purchasing Card (PCard) and then charged to the Travel and Research Award account string. 
      • The account string will be used by the faculty advisor when reconciling their PCard charges with Psychology Finance.
      • Other purchases where use of a faculty PCard is appropriate are also considered for this funding mechanism. In addition to subject payments, possible examples include airfare and conference registration.
  • ClinCards
    • The Travel and Research Award account string may be used by the award recipient when setting up a ClinCard purchase for subject payments.
  • Vendor Payment
    • If a student will not be registered for credit in the subsequent semester and is a domestic student, they may request to be set up as a UMN vendor for reimbursement. This process may take 2-3 months to complete and should only be requested when other options have been exhausted. 


Contact Heidi Wolff (, Curriculum and Graduate Services Specialist

Pat Frazier
Director of Graduate Studies (DGS)
N571 EltH | 625-6863
Laura Luepke
Associate Director of Graduate Studies (ADGS)
S243 EltH | 626-3483
Hope Savaria
Graduate Program Support & Event Specialist
S244 EltH | TBD
Heidi Wolff
Curriculum and Graduate Services Specialist
S258 EltH | 624-5002
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