Travel Grants

Travel Grants


The aim of the Purdue Graduate Student Government (PGSG) Travel Grant is to assist Purdue University graduate students in attending technical conferences which in turn will help to develop graduate students professionally and augment the overall quality of research at Purdue. Grants are distributed among graduate students on a competitive basis.

Because the number of applications and the amount of funding varies year to year the reward process will operate as follows. We offer three tiers of grant rewards with the following corresponding amounts. The number of rewards will vary based on the size of the applicant pool.

Tier 1 – top 5-10% – 750

Tier 2 – Next 15% – 500

Tier 3 – Remaining that score above 50% $250

Please note these are just guidelines and can change on a month to month basis depending on budget availability and demand.


Grants are reviewed once per month. Travel for any academic conference must occur 1-4 months after the scheduled GRAC submission deadline.

Application Format Instructions

You will be asked to submit an essay as part of your application.  Please see the following for information about the essay, as well as an example essay.

PGSG Demo TG Essays

Application Instructions

The link here will provide you with deadlines, essay instructions, and word limits.

Application Instructions

Please submit your application using the following link

Your essay is the only information used in the grading of your application. All other information is to make sure our process is fair and not unfairly supporting one group or another.


Travel Grant Timeline

2015-2016 Calendar 
Application Due Date Meeting Date Decision Notification By
August 26th September 16th  September 23rd
September 30th October 14th October 21st
October 28th November 11th    November 18th
November 25th December 9th December 16th
December 30th January 20th  January 27th
January 27th February 17th  February 24th
February 18th March 10th  March 23rd
March 23rd April 13th April 20th
April 13th May 4th  May 11th


Get Involved: Review Travel Grants for PGSG

The PGSG Travel Grant Program is administered by the Grant Review and Allocation Committee (GRAC). If you are interested in helping out, please contact, GRAC Chair, Chris Kulesza ( Please include your name, department, school (e.g., Agriculture, Engineering, Science), campus mail address (Department and Building), phone number, and which committee you are interested in.

Reviewers will read the research statement of each application and score them using a set of established criteria. Reviewers will be expected to review applications from a broad spectrum of disciplines, but an understanding of those disciplines is not required. The award is open to any graduate student, regardless of research area or career progression. Applications will be judged on the quality of the statement of purpose and importance of the conference, not the quality of the actual research.


Contact the Travel Grant Vice-Chair at for more information.