Student Research Grants Competition - Conference Presentation

Do you need financial support to present your research at a conference? If so, apply for Conference Presentation Funds! The competition is now open and applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until May 15, 2020.

Eligibility Criteria
To be eligible for the Conference Travel Award you need to meet the following criteria:
Must be enrolled at UW-Madison as a full-time graduate student in a traditional graduate degree program;
Must be traveling to present research (e.g., paper, poster) at a conference (domestically or internationally), be an invited speaker, or asked to moderate a panel discussion;
Travel must start within the current fiscal year (July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020).

How to Apply
For the 2019-20 competition, award levels are $300, $600 and $1200. All graduate students are eligible to apply and priority will be given to dissertators and final-year MFA students.

Selection Criteria
Applicants must demonstrate the need for at least $300 (after deducting any outside funding you might be receiving for the same conference presentation event) by filling out an Estimated Budget Form.

New for 2019-2020: Disbursement and Post-travel requirements
Awards will be processed upon acceptance by the student. We still require students to provide 1) a post-travel narrative detailing how this award supported their professional development as a student and scholar, and 2) a final budget that includes the expenses incurred during travel. Failure to provide these documents will affect your eligibility for future student travel competitions administered by the Graduate School.

Important Information Regarding Scholarships and Student Account Debts
Per Bursar’s Office policy (, students with outstanding debts on their student accounts may have those debts deducted from their SRGC award. This includes, but is not limited to, tuition and segregated fees.

Donor Information
Funding for this competition generously comes from WARF and the Vilas Trust.

Conditions of the Award
Must be a graduate student in traditional graduate program, and be able to show need for travel support of $300 or higher.

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$300, $600, or $1200
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Supplemental Questions
  1. Applicants can apply for SRGC – Conference Presentation or SRGC - Research Travel awards multiple times in one fiscal year (July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020), but you can only be awarded once. Have you already applied for, not necessarily been awarded, an SRGC – Conference Presentation or SRGC - Research Travel award this fiscal year?
  2. Are you traveling to present at a conference?
  3. Conference Name & Conferenece website:
  4. Conference Location:
  5. What are your conference travel dates (format: MM/DD/YYYY)?
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