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 Travel Grant Opportunities of up to $700 to research degree students to travel to a professional conference at which they are presenting. Online conference presentations are eligible for a grant of up to $200. Grant amounts for conferences occurring before January 1, 2022 are detailed in the Locations and Awards PDF. For conferences occurring on or after January 1, 2022, the grant amounts detailed in the Locations and Awards list have been updated. View the Locations and Awards PDF as of January 1, 2022. See the application form for more information about eligibility requirements and instructions. Conference travel grants are reviewed within 30 days of travel of the conference.
Students are eligible for one conference grant per year.
Grants to conduct thesis/dissertation research of up to $2,000 are open to research degree students, with priority given to those who have or will have completed their A exams by the date of travel. However, all research degree students are encouraged to apply. In a typical year, the Graduate School provides funding to 80-100 students who apply.
See the application form for more information about eligibility requirements and instructions.
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.
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.
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.