Research and Travel Awards

Research and Travel Awards

The Sociology Department provides annual research and travel awards to its graduate students to support their dissertation research, MA research, as well as paper presentations and panel participation at conferences.

The call for these awards and the application materials are processed in the Spring quarter.

The total cap on Research & Travel awards during a student’s time in the program is $2,500 to $3,000.

Awarding Policy

Due to the high volume of requests and limited funding, the GEC established award parameters that were implemented during the 2016-17 academic year.

Conference travel awards will be capped at $500 per academic year. The department recognizes that travel expenses to attend conferences are much higher than this amount. Thus, students are highly encouraged to seek external funding for conference travel.

Dissertation research awards will be capped at $1,500 per academic year. These awards are intended for short field site visits; thus, we encourage students to apply for external fieldwork grants.

Furthermore, students on academic probation and/or beyond normative time will not be considered for awards.  

Spring 2019 Applications

The Spring 2019 application deadline is Wednesday, May 8 2019.  Please see below for application links and instructions

  • There are 2 separate applications: one for Conference Travel Award requests and the other for Research Award requests. You are welcome to submit an application in each category.
  • All supplemental documents (i.e. receipts, travel itineraries, lodging invoices) need to be uploaded with the application.
  • Please notify your advisor of your Research and Travel Award applications since a statement of support is required for each request. Advisor's need to email their statement/s by May 8 to the Graduate Coordinator.
  • You may apply for travel to two conferences. Please submit separate forms for each conference and indicate which is priority. We will consider the second only if sufficient funding is available. The applicable period of travel is September 1, 2018 to August 31, 2019 since the funds are for the 2018-19 academic year.

Spring 2019 Conference Travel Award Application

Spring 2019 Research Award Application