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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Travel Funding

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To encourage graduate students to pursue scholarly excellence, the College of Graduate Studies and Research will provide travel awards to students whose scholarly/creative work has been accepted for presentation at a regional or national conference, and who have received matching financial support from their college and/or department to help pay for travel to the event.

Eligibility: The awards are available to any graduate student currently enrolled in a graduate degree program. Students must present the results of their scholarship at a national or regional conference, and invited directly by the program organizer and/or submitted to the program committee for selection.

Requests must make clear that the presentation is directly related to the student's scholarship or creative pursuits while enrolled in the graduate program. Funding is not typically approved for presentations involving non-scholarly or non-academic topics that are not part of a larger research or creative endeavor or agenda.

The number of awards is limited, and funding will be distributed until funds are depleted. The maximum award is $200. Students must also receive matching assistance from their home department and/or college to specifically assist with the costs associated with travel to the conference or scholarly meeting.  Students presenting at more than one conference may request matching funding; however, matching funds will be limited to no more than a grand total of $200 per student per year, regardless of how many requests are submitted.

Application Process

The application is located [PDF] here (94 KiB). The application should include, a brief description of the scholarly/creative work and the conference at which it will be presented, and a proposed budget for the trip. Required attachments include a copy of the conference announcement, a letter of invitation or acceptance from the program committee for the conference, and evidence that the home department and/or college has agreed to provide funding. If applicable, you must also provide a letter from MSU's Institutional Review Board (IRB) confirming IRB approval of the presented research. If the presented research involves the use of animals, the funding request must include evidence that your research was approved by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee.

Travel funds will be transferred to the academic department and then disbursed to the student.

The Application Should Be Submitted to: 

Ranae Hiniker 
College of Graduate Studies & Research
Minnesota State University Mankato
WA 315
Mankato, MN 56001
Via email: (preferred)