Thesis Research Travel Grants

2017-18 Domestic Thesis Research Travel Grant:
Maximum award of $2,500 available to support thesis research outside of the applicant’s area of residence.
2017-18 International Thesis Research Travel Grant:
Maximum award of $5,000 available for extended travel to conduct thesis research abroad.

Deadline: December 5, 2017, at Noon


  • For research travel to be completed by December 31, 2018; retroactive requests will also be considered.
  • Applicant must be registered for credit (not GRAD 999) in a Ph.D. or D.M.A. program at the University of Minnesota during spring 2018 in order to receive funding. 
  • Applicant must pass the oral preliminary exam prior to travel.
  • Students may apply for either the Domestic or the International Thesis Research Travel Grant; students who have already received a Thesis Research Travel Grant award are not eligible to apply again.

A typical budget generally includes transportation, lodging outside area of residence, and expenses for fieldwork. Applicants are expected to have exhausted other potential sources for travel funds and to indicate if they have partial funding toward the travel from grants on or beyond campus, including those grants that are under consideration.

What will I need to complete my application?

Apply Electronically

Frequently Asked Questions

Selection Criteria:

The review and selection will be conducted by University of Minnesota faculty, who will select the awardees based on the following criteria:

  •  The cohesiveness of the study or research plan and the clarity with which it is conveyed to the non-specialist,
  • the direct impact travel will have on the research,
  • the strength of the overall academic record,
  • the soundness of the budget request,
  • the timeliness of progress toward the degree, and
  • the strength of the letters of recommendation.


Applicants will be notified, in writing, by the end of February, 2018.