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Travel Grants

Graduate School

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Students are encouraged to present their research at major regional, national, and international conferences. After completing at least one academic year at Vanderbilt, students may apply for a travel grant from the Graduate School for up to $500 per budget year (July 1-June 30) for domestic or international travel. Students are allowed a total of three travel grants during their entire tenure at Vanderbilt. Complete details are on the  2019-2020 application .

View the current version of the Travel and Business Expense Policy.


Russell G. Hamilton Graduate Leadership Institute

The Graduate Leadership Institute (GLI) Travel Grant provides up to $1000 of support for graduate students seeking opportunities to further their professional and/or academic development, for which funding is commonly unavailable. Fall 2019 application opens August 20th.  For full information on eligibility, guidelines and a link to apply, visit the Russell G. Hamilton Graduate Leadership Institute website.


Graduate Student Council

The Graduate Student Council offers a  travel grant  up to $500 given to five students each semester.  The travel awards are intended to aid students in covering travel expenses related to attending academic conferences, symposia, workshops, etc. Funds are only available to students who will be presenting personal research.  To qualify, students must be active members of GSC. All travel funds must be approved by the GSC travel award committee prior to the conference.


Programs & Departments

Many programs and departments are interested in financially assisting and encouraging their students to present their research. Check with your director of graduate studies or program coordinator to determine if there is funding available from your department.