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Graduate School Conference Travel Grant

Nature of the Grant: Students are encouraged to present their research at major regional, national, and international conferences. The Graduate School Travel Grant to Present Research will provide up to $1000* in travel support for graduate students presenting their research at major meetings and conferences. Students may apply for one travel grant per budget year (July 1-June 30) for domestic or international travel. Students are allowed a total of three travel grants during their tenure at Vanderbilt.

*The Graduate School Travel Grant to Present Research has increased to $1000 for the 2023-2024 application period (all travel after July 1, 2023). Please include your Estimated Travel Grant Budget with your application.


To apply the students:

  • Must be a Graduate School student (PhD, MA, MFA, MLAS, & MS).
  • Must be author and presenter of research conducted at Vanderbilt, with preference given to students who are first (or only) author and sole presenter.**
  • Must be attending a major regional, national, or international conference.
  • Must have travel authorization from their department prior to travel.
  • Must begin their travel in the year the grant is awarded (grants are awarded per budget year July 1-June 30).
  • Must use the award for the conference listed in this application.
  • Cannot have received a prior travel grant during the academic year.
  • Cannot have received more than 2 prior travel grants during their tenure at Vanderbilt.


Complete all parts of the InfoReady application, attach a copy of your abstract with the full author list included, and upload documentation from the conference organizers confirms your abstract has been selected.** Applications must be completed at least two weeks before you travel. Grants are limited to $1000. Additionally:


**Graduate students in the Creative Writing program: In lieu of presenting original research, students must be a Vanderbilt representative at a premiere creative writing conference (ex: The Association of Writers & Writing Programs) as (1) a presenter at the Bookfair or (2) a current editor of The Nashville Review. In place of an abstract, the student must submit a statement of purpose (1-page) that outlines their role at the conference and how participation will benefit both them and the University. For conference documentation, please provide documentation of participation in the conference and/or proof of participation on The Nashville Review.