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Travel Scholarships for Graduate Students

Professional Presentation Travel Scholarship

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Graduate School

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John D. Bies
International Travel
Scholarships for
Doctoral Candidates

Provides Funding Support to
Doctoral Students Traveling Internationally

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Dissertation Research Travel Scholarship

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Graduate School

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Other Travel Scholarships

Note: Most graduate degree programs, and Graduate Professional Council offer competitive-based travel awards.

 

Graduate Professional Council Presentation Travel and Professional Development Awards

Professional Presentations Travel Scholarships

The Graduate School’s Professional Presentation Travel Scholarship is offered to students to help defray transportation expenses* associated with travel to professional conferences.

NOTE: For 2020-2021, eligible expenses include registration fees for virtual conferences. These awards may not be used for travel expenses (e.g., airfare). In your application, please specify the cost of virtual registration fees.

Award amounts will NOT exceed $400. A graduate student may receive only one travel scholarship (i.e., either for Dissertation Research Travel, Humanities Research Travel, or Professional Presentation Travel) during their time at MU.

Students must be enrolled in order to apply and travel must be completed while they are graduate students at MU.

Fall 2020 Travel Scholarship application Due Date has been extended to October 1, 2020.

Application Due Date Awards are Announced
2nd Monday in September by 5 PM 1st Week in October
2nd Monday in March by 5 PM 1st Week in April

 

Awardees will be reimbursed once the Graduate School receives documentation and receipts after the conference.

All application materials must be submitted in a single pdf addressed to:

  • The Graduate School: ATTN: Professional Presentation Travel Scholarship
  • Your graduate advisor
  • The Director of Graduate Studies in your program

This single submission will constitute the equivalent of electronic signatures.

Professional Presentation Travel Application (updated April 20, 2016)

Dissertation Research Travel Scholarships

University of Missouri doctoral students who have successfully completed doctoral comprehensive/matriculation examinations and have been admitted to doctoral candidacy are eligible for Dissertation Research Travel Scholarships or Humanities Research Travel Scholarships.

Students from any graduate program are eligible to apply for the Dissertation Research Travel Scholarship.

Additionally, we offer the Humanities Research Travel Scholarship, which is funded by a gift from Dr. Mary Lago, Professor Emerita of English. Only graduate students in the humanities who require funding to travel to conduct research at special libraries and special collections are eligible to apply for the Humanities Research Travel Scholarship, whereas, graduate students from any discipline can apply to the Dissertation Research Travel Scholarship.

NOTE: For 2020-2021, eligible expenses include registration fees for virtual conferences. These awards may not be used for travel expenses (e.g., airfare). For the Dissertation Research Travel Award, we will also consider funding things such as fees for accessing digital archives – the budget just cannot include travel. In your application, please specify the cost of virtual registration fees and any other virtual costs.

Award amounts will NOT exceed $400. A student may receive only one travel scholarship (either for Dissertation Research Travel Scholarship, Humanities Research Travel, or Professional Presentation Travel) during their time at MU.

Students must be enrolled in order to apply and travel must be completed while they are graduate students at MU.

Fall 2020 Travel Scholarship application Due Date has been extended to October 1, 2020.

 

Application Due Date Awards are Announced
2nd Monday in September by 5 PM 1st Week in October
2nd Monday in March by 5 PM 1st Week in April

 

Awardees will be reimbursed once the Graduate School receives documentation and receipts after the conference has been completed.

All application materials must be submitted in a single pdf addressed to:

  • The Graduate School:  ATTN: Dissertation Research Travel Scholarship
  • Your graduate advisor
  • The Director of Graduate Studies in your program

This single submission will constitute the equivalent of electronic signatures.

Dissertation Research Travel Application (updated June, 2017)

John D. Bies International Travel Scholarships

University of Missouri doctoral candidates are eligible for the John D. Bies International Travel Award.

The John D. Bies International Travel Scholarship endowment was established by Dr. John Bies, who earned a doctorate from Mizzou in 1972. Bies believes students who travel frequently and have an opportunity to interact with diverse people are better equipped to become members of a global society. Although Bies attended Buffalo State College in New York for his undergraduate and master’s degrees, he chose to establish the travel endowment at the University of Missouri because of the impact he says Mizzou had on his life. During his time here, he says, he was instilled with a work ethic and strong values.

NOTE: For 2020-2021, eligible expenses include registration fees for virtual conferences. These awards may not be used for travel expenses (e.g., airfare). In your application, please specify the cost of virtual registration fees.

This award can be used to defray expenses associated with attendance in international professional meetings. It can also fund virtual expenses related to international internships with governments, non-governmental organizations, businesses, or institutions of higher education. Presentations, research, and internships in developing countries are especially encouraged. A student must be a doctoral candidate at the time of travel to be eligible for a Bies Award.

Award amounts will NOT exceed $2,000. An MU graduate student may receive only one Bies International Travel Award. Students must be enrolled in order to apply and travel must be completed while they are graduate students at MU.

Funds are limited, and individual proposals will be evaluated for their potential to contribute to scholarship and the future development of the student’s graduate program and career opportunities.

Fall 2020 Travel Scholarship application Due Date has been extended to October 1, 2020.

Application Due Date Awards Announced
2nd Monday in September by 5 PM 1st Week in October
2nd Monday in March by 5 PM 1st Week in April

 

Awards are dispensed as reimbursements after winners have submitted required documents and receipts to the Graduate School.

All materials must be submitted in a single pdf addressed to the Graduate School. In the RE: line please type ATTN: John Bies International Travel Awards.

Send your application as a single pdf to:

This single submission will constitute the equivalent of electronic signatures.

Bies International Travel Application (updated April 20, 2016)

Required Registration in the Student International Travel Registry

If you will be traveling abroad using any Graduate School funding (no matter the amount), at least one month prior to your departure, in accordance with the University of Missouri Collected Rules and Regulations, you must register in the Student International Travel Registry and complete all pre-departure requirements.

The Student International Travel Registry requires you to provide your itinerary and contact and emergency contact information, enroll in the University-contracted GeoBlue sickness and accident insurance (which includes medical evacuation coverage), and the UHC-Global insurance for non-medical evacuation in case of a political emergency or natural disaster. It also requires you to successfully complete the mandatory pre-departure orientation, which includes important health and safety information, and sign the University of Missouri Assumption of Risk and Release form.

Once you have successfully completed these tasks, the Office of Student International Health, Safety, and Security will provide the Graduate School with confirmation of your completed registration. If you are awarded a Bies International Travel Scholarship, you will receive a reimbursement for any costs incurred as part of the registration process that exceeds the initial award amount.

Please contact Barbara Lindeman, Director of Student International Health, Safety and Security prior to registering if you have any questions.