Travel Support

The Department of Political Science supports graduate students presenting a paper/poster at a conference/symposium, as a round table presenter, or as a panel discussant/participant at professional conferences such as APSA, MPSA, ISA, etc.

STUDENTS MUST APPLY BEFORE TRAVELING TO PRESENT. Note: You may forfeit the travel award if you don't apply prior to traveling.

Students must be in good standing in the program in order to receive any travel support from the department (e.g. no incomplete grades, 3.3 minimum GPA, on track with milestones – prelim exams, etc.). If you are uncertain about this, please contact Jessie.

To apply: Complete the Travel Support Request Form and upload your official acceptance notification. Students will receive email notification with reimbursement instructions once travel support is approved.

Other awards considered as the budget allows are: 1) partial funding to attend workshops or courses (e.g. ICPSR, Gregynog, FLAS language study); 2) archival research support; 3) scheduled APSA interviews for students on the job market. Contact the Director of Graduate Studies for approval in addition to completing the form.

Travel support levels per fiscal year (July 1st - June 30th)

  • $400 for each domestic conference - up to two per year
  • $600 for conferences in Canada or Hawaii
  • $1000 for international conferences
  • $600 for students presenting at one domestic conference for the year

Students are allowed an annual maximum equivalent to 2 domestic conferences ($800) or 1 international conference ($1000). There are many permutations of this however, the maximum overall will be $1000 annually. All travel funds awarded by the department must be reimbursed in the same fiscal year in which they were requested and approved. Travel funds do not carry over into the next fiscal year. The University's fiscal year is July 1st - June 30th.

Effective July, 1 2020, only students in Years 1-6 will be eligible for the Department of Political Science Travel Support. In other words, all students remain eligible for travel conducted through June 30, 2020. However, if you are entering your 6th Year (or beyond) in the program during 2019/20, you will not be eligible for travel conducted from July 1, 2020 on- including APSA or ISPP 2020.

Students are also encouraged to apply to COGS for additional travel support.

Please contact Tia Phan (phanx088@umn.edu) if you have questions related to your travel request or reimbursement.