Travel, Research, and Service Awards


Travel Awards are monetary awards of $300 and are offered in three cycles per academic year. Apply for the travel award in the cycle in which your conference falls. There will be 3 cycles for the entire 2018-2019 academic year, listed below. Travel Award applications are read and reviewed by graduate students from many different backgrounds, so it is strongly recommended that the abstract be written for a lay audience.

Research Awards are monetary awards for research travel (i.e. access to data from a library, a specific population of individuals, or a particular piece of equipment) or procurement of supplies related to research.  These awards are for $500 each.  Purchases or travel must be conducted within six (6) months of the award.  Note that we will ask for proof of travel or purchase. See the application for additional information specific to this award.

The Outstanding Service Award is $500 to an individual for their contribution and service to the University, the Graduate School and/or GSC. Individuals may be nominated by others, or self-nominated. We will award two of these awards per application cycle. See the application for additional information specific to this award.

Yearly Application Deadlines:

Award Cycle One (For Travel or Research between September and December) – October 15
Award Cycle Two (For Travel or Research between January and April) – February 15
Award Cycle Three (For Travel or Research between May and August) – April 15

To be eligible for these awards, students must meet the criteria specified by your department (the Graduate School recently switched to a block funding system where your department receives the money and decides of its allocation). This excludes those criteria allowing for funding to be awarded for research as well as those criteria disqualifying degree-seeking Master’s students. Travel funding is not provided for participation
in, or presentation at professional workshops or tuition for coursework. Applicants MUST be associated with a department which is officially represented at GSC meetings. Department representatives are voting members who are elected by their departmental/organizational peers each August to be representatives at GSC meetings. Attendance at GSC meetings and participation on a GSC committee is required of departmental representatives. For more information, please refer to the GSC representatives webpage.

Research and Travel Award recipients must be prepared to provide receipts for all expenses upon request by the GSC. Applicants must submit proof from the conference that you are presenting, such as a conference agenda or email stating that your abstract/poster was accepted for presentation, as well as an abstract. Students may only win a Travel Award or a Research Award once per fiscal year.



Application and criteria:
To apply for the University of Kentucky Graduate Student Congress Award Funding