Travel Support

Research/Travel Funding 2020-21

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the limited conference travel for graduate students, the Conference Travel support for 2020-21 (July 1, 2020-June 30, 2021) will be distributed evenly ($400 gross) to each eligible student (Years 1-6) starting October 2020. 

Should conference travel return to normal in 2021, we will resume the previous distribution mechanism (Travel Support Request form) to support students traveling to present at conferences (effective Fall 2021).

All graduate students must complete the 2020-21 Research/Travel Support Form before the money is disbursed. 

Eligible expenses for Research/Travel justification include (but are not limited to):

  • Online workshop or conference registration fees;
  • Membership fees for professional organizations (e.g. APSA);
  • Software not available through UMN IT;
  • Printing services for prelim exam preparation;
  • Books;
  • Other related to your research


Domestic students will get a scholarship in October 2020. For tax reasons, international students who wish to get a scholarship must also take a 14% cut (information on the tax implications of scholarships can be found here). As a result, international students can instead choose to submit receipts and a completed Employee Expense Worksheet to Lydia Bolder, and receive reimbursement up to $400, without taking any cuts due to tax.