Frequently Asked Questions

Thesis Research Travel Grant
International Research Questions

I am a native speaker of the language that will be used to conduct research. Do I need to obtain a language evaluation?

Instead of obtaining a language evaluation, please include a signed statement indicating the language which will be used to conduct research, and stating that you are a native speaker of that language. You may sign this statement yourself.

Why do I need to obtain a letter of affiliation?

The purpose of obtaining a letter of affiliation is to demonstrate to faculty reviewers that, if granted funding, you will be able to successfully carry out your proposed research. Reviewers are  hesitant to approve funding if there is any doubt that the research can be successfully conducted.  The letter may be in the form of email contact, or other proof that demonstrates your ability to successfully complete the research.

I will be conducting research in a library archive, museum, or other public space. Do I still need to obtain a letter of affiliation?

You will want to provide proof to the review committee that you will have access to the resources needed to successfully conduct your planned research.

  • You could obtain an email from an employee of the library, museum, or other public space verifying that you will have access to the required materials. 
  • If the webpage states that the archives/materials in question are available to the public, you could include a copy of the webpage, highlighting or circling the pertinent information.
  • You may have other ideas for providing proof of access.  If you are in doubt about what to provide, please contact the Graduate Fellowship Office, gsfellow@umn.edu, or call 612-625-7579.

I will be conducting surveys. Do I still need to obtain a letter of affiliation?

You will want to provide proof to reviewers that you will be able to successfully conduct your planned research. If you are conducting surveys, please provide whatever type of documentation you can that will demonstrate to the selection committee your ability to connect with the appropriate resources (such as business, community or scholarly contacts who will be able to assist you).