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 and Rubric

The link here will provide you with deadlines, essay instructions, rubric, and word limits: Application Instructions

Please submit your application using this Qualtrics 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

2016-2017 Calendar 
Application Due Date Meeting Date Decision Notification By
August 31 September 21 September 28
September 30 October 19 October 26
October 31 November 16  November 23
November 25 December 7 December 14
December 31 January 18 January 25
January 31 February 15 February 22
February 24 March 9 March 16
March 31 April 12 April 19
April 19 May 3 May 10


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, Heng Wu ( 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, Katie Scott, at for more information.