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.
The link here will provide you with deadlines, essay instructions, and word limits.
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
|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 (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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 email@example.com for more information.