What Do I Need to Apply?

Thesis Research Travel Grant for 2019-20

The following is a summary of the information you will need to complete the electronic application.

For Domestic Research: 

Section 1: Applicant Information
  • Name, email address, student ID, program, citizenship status
  • location of proposed research
  • indicate month/year preliminary orals have been/will be passed
  • indicate human/animal subjects use, if applicable to research 
Section 2: Application

Education and Budget Statement

Research Proposal and Curriculum Vitae


  • Maximum two-pages, single-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman font, one-inch margins.  Key references, diagrams or pictures may be included (but they are not required) on a single additional appendix page (no formatting requirements).
  • Include a working title for your research project at the top of the proposal.
  • Describe your research plan in terms that are accessible to the non-specialist. Ask someone outside your field to read your proposal, to ensure that it is jargon-free.
  • Explain the importance of the proposed travel to the completion of your dissertation.
  • If your research is part of a larger group project, be specific about your role and independent contribution.
  • Explain how your research will be completed if this request is not funded or if other needed funds are not forthcoming.

Curriculum Vitae:

  • Maximum two-pages, single-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman font, one-inch margins.
  • Focus on publications, presentations, academic accomplishments & awards.

Unofficial UMN graduate transcript

  • with explanation of any incompletes

If applicable, IRB/IACUC documentation for human/animal subjects (See FAQ)

Section 3: Recommenders
  • Name and email address of two recommenders (first recommender should be major advisor)
  • Letters are due by the deadline.
Section 4: Save/Update/Submit or Request Letters
  • Electronic signature, copy of application and letter request options
  • Send electronic letter requests to recommenders well in advance of the application deadline.

For International Research:

All of the above documentation plus

1.  Letter of Affiliation from host institution/country (see FAQ)

2.  Language Evaluation (see FAQ)