Travel Awards


The GPGG views attending scientific conferences/meetings/symposia as an essential component of Ph.D. student training. Each year we reserve funds from the program budget to help defray the cost of attending meetings. Preferably, we would like you to identify a meeting and apply for an award prior to attending.   If you are looking for reimbursement for a past meeting, you will need to demonstrate that the full cost for the meeting was not already covered by grant funds and/or GMS contributions (e.g., the student had unmet out-of-pocket expenses directly related to attending the meeting).

Please note that awards typically will not exceed $500 and that the number of awards that we can make is limited. Students can receive a travel award for no more than one meeting per calendar year.

Application Process

There will be two deadlines for applying for funds: October 15 and April 15.
Please email your completed application to by 5 pm on the day of the deadline.

The required pieces for a complete application are:

– The name and a description of the conference you would like to attend or did attend.  Please include the website address whenever possible.

– A statement describing the importance of attending the indicated conference.

– A projected budget or actual expenses for the travel, hotel and registration fees.  Make sure to clearly indicate what is the unmet need for funds.

– Proof that you will be presenting a poster or talk at the meeting.  Include a copy of your abstract.

Other Resources

The Division of Graduate Medical Sciences (GMS) offers a $250 award that students can apply to receive once throughout their educational studies. To find the application, please click here!

The Genetics Society of America (GSA) administers two awards twice a year for professional development. This award can be used for courses and conferences held during the specific application cycle. For more information on the Delill Nasser Award for Professional Development in Genetics, click here!