Travel Funding Opportunities
The Graduate School is pleased to provide research degree students (M.A./M.S., Ph.D., J.S.D., D.M.A., M.F.A.) the opportunity to travel the world to enhance their scholarship. Eligible students are encouraged to apply for grant funding related to professional conferences, research travel, or summer language education.
The Graduate School offers Conference Grant awards of up to $700 to research degree students to attend a professional conference at which they are presenting. Online conference presentations are eligible for a grant of up to $200. Grant amounts are detailed in the Locations and Awards PDF. See the application form for more information about eligibility requirements and instructions. Conference grants are reviewed within 30 days of the conference date.
Students are eligible for one conference grant per year and must be within time to degree limits. Masters students are eligible for conference travel grants starting in their first semester until the end of the eighth semester of enrollment. Ph.D. students are eligible for conference travel grants starting in their first semester until the end of the fourteenth semester of enrollment.
Research Travel Grant – Application Form (Online)
Grants to conduct thesis/dissertation research of up to $2,500 are open to research degree students, up to $1,000 for master’s degree students. In a typical year, the Graduate School 50-65 grants. Applications are due annually on October 1 and February 1, with a call for applications circulated a month prior to the deadline.
See the application form for more information about eligibility requirements and instructions. (Note that the post-A exam requirement has been waived beginning with Spring 2022 submissions.)
For students managing mental health while away from campus, please visit this resource.
Learn more about graduate students who have received travel grants:
- MacKenzie Pierce, Musicology
- Jiai Zhang, Food Science and Technology
- Mariano Sanchez Talanquer, Government
- Kalia Bistolas, Microbiology
Grants of $150, the cost of a round-trip ticket on the Campus-to-Campus bus, are open to doctoral students who wish to travel between Ithaca and New York City to advance their dissertation research. See the application form for more information about eligibility requirements and instructions.
Summer Foreign Language Grant – Application Form (Online)
Grants of up to $1,000 are offered to research degree students for summer travel to foreign countries for intensive (non-English) language instruction. See the application form for more information about eligibility requirements and instructions. Applications are due by April 15 with a call for applications occurring a month prior to the deadline.
Important Notification: To ensure the safety of all Cornell students traveling on university-related activities, students traveling internationally must enter their travel itinerary and contact information into Cornell’s International Travel Registry. In addition, those traveling to high-risk countries must get approval for such travel from the International Travel Advisory and Response team (ITART).
Grants of up to $1,000 are open to graduate students in the humanities who have already received the $675 provided each academic year by the Graduate School for conference travel and who have been accepted to present at an additional conference within the same academic year. See the President’s Travel Fund for the Humanities webpage for more information.