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Travel Scholarships for Graduate Students

Professional Presentation Travel Scholarship

Administered by the Office of Graduate Studies

Dissertation Research Travel Scholarship

Administered by the Office of Graduate Studies

John D. Bies International Travel Scholarships for Doctoral Candidates

Provides Funding Support to Doctoral Students Traveling Internationally

Other Travel Scholarships

Note: Most graduate degree programs, the Graduate Student Association, and Graduate Professional Council offer competitive-based travel awards.

Professional Presentations Travel Scholarships

The Office of Graduate Studies’ Professional Presentation Travel Scholarship is offered to students to help defray transportation expenses* associated with travel to professional conferences.

*Eligible expenses include air fare and/or ground transportation only. 

Award amounts will NOT exceed $400. A graduate student may receive only one travel scholarship (i.e., either for Dissertation Research Travel, Humanities Research Travel, or Professional Presentation Travel) during their time at MU.

Students must be enrolled in order to apply and travel must be completed while they are graduate students at MU.

 

Application Due DateAwards are Announced
2nd Monday in September by 5 PM1st Week in October
2nd Monday in March by 5 PM1st Week in April

 

Awardees will be reimbursed once the Office of Graduate Studies receives documentation and travel receipts after the travel has been completed.

All materials must be submitted in a single pdf addressed to:

  • The Office of Graduate Studies: ATTN: Professional Presentation Travel Scholarship
  • Your graduate advisor
  • The Director of Graduate Studies in your program

This single submission will constitute the equivalent of electronic signatures.

Professional Presentation Travel Application (updated April 20, 2016)

Dissertation Research Travel Scholarships

University of Missouri doctoral students who have successfully completed doctoral comprehensive/matriculation examinations and have been admitted to doctoral candidacy are eligible for Dissertation Research Travel Scholarships or Humanities Research Travel Scholarships.

The Humanities Research Travel Scholarship is funded by a gift from Dr. Mary Lago, Professor Emerita of English.

Students from any graduate program are eligible to apply for the Dissertation Research Travel Scholarship. Only graduate students in the humanities who require funding to travel to conduct research at special libraries and special collections are eligible to apply.

These scholarships defray transportation expenses associated with research-oriented travel (e.g., to libraries and archive or manuscript repositories, museums, archaeological or geological sites, ethnographic research). Eligible expenses include airfare and/or ground transportation only.

Award amounts will NOT exceed $400. A student may receive only one travel scholarship (either for Dissertation Research Travel Scholarship, Humanities Research Travel, or Professional Presentation Travel) during their time at MU.

Students must be enrolled in order to apply and travel must be completed while they are graduate students at MU.

 

Application Due DateAwards are Announced
2nd Monday in September by 5 PM1st Week in October
2nd Monday in March by 5 PM1st Week in April

 

Awardees will be reimbursed once the Office of Research and Graduate Studies receives documentation and travel receipts after the travel has been completed.

All materials must be submitted in a single pdf addressed to:

  • The Office of Graduate Studies:  ATTN: Dissertation Research Travel Scholarship
  • Your graduate advisor
  • The Director of Graduate Studies in your program

This single submission will constitute the equivalent of electronic signatures.

Dissertation Research Travel Application (updated June, 2017)

John D. Bies International Travel Scholarships

University of Missouri doctoral candidates are eligible for the John D. Bies International Travel Award.

The John D. Bies International Travel Scholarship endowment was established by Dr. John Bies, who earned a doctorate from Mizzou in 1972. Bies believes students who travel frequently and have an opportunity to interact with diverse people are better equipped to become members of a global society. Although Bies attended Buffalo State College in New York for his undergraduate and master’s degrees, he chose to establish the travel endowment at the University of Missouri because of the impact he says Mizzou had on his life. During his time here, he says, he was instilled with a work ethic and strong values.

This award can be used to defray expenses associated with travel to international professional meetings and/or research-related travel (e.g., to libraries, archives or manuscript repositories, art museums, archaeological or geological sites, ethnographic research). It can also fund travel expenses related to international internships with governments, non-governmental organizations, businesses, or institutions of higher education. Presentations, research, and internships in developing countries are especially encouraged.

Award amounts will NOT exceed $2,000. An MU graduate student may receive only one Bies International Travel Award. Students must be enrolled in order to apply and travel must be completed while they are graduate students at MU.

Funds are limited, and individual proposals will be evaluated for their potential to contribute to scholarship and the future development of the student’s graduate program and career opportunities.

 

Application Due DateAwards Announced
2nd Monday in September by 5 PM1st Week in October
2nd Monday in March by 5 PM1st Week in April

 

Awards are dispensed as reimbursements after winners have submitted required documents and travel receipts to the Office of Graduate Studies.

All materials must be submitted in a single pdf addressed to the Office of Graduate Studies. In the RE: line please type ATTN: John Bies International Travel Awards.

Send your application as a single pdf to:

This single submission will constitute the equivalent of electronic signatures.

Bies International Travel Application (updated April 20, 2016)

Bies’ International Travel Scholarship Recipients

In 2003, Mizzou alumnus Dr. John Bies established the John Bies International Travel Scholarships to provide financial support for MU doctoral student to travel to international professional meetings or defray international travel expenses associated with dissertation research.

Recipients of Dr. Bies’ endowment have had the opportunity to travel to as far as China, Switzerland, and South Africa.

Previous Recipients

Flavia Barbosa

Ph.D., Biological Sciences

Flavia Barbosa, who researched postcopulatory mate choice while at MU. who researched postcopulatory mate choice while at MU, was able to attend the Animal Behavior Society meeting in Brazil to present her research, thanks to receiving the John D. Bies International Travel Award.

“It was a good opportunity to show my work.” Barbosa says. “It was my first time to give a professional talk, so it was nerve-racking, but great to meet other people and to network. None of my research would have been possible without these awards.”

Bethany Williams

Ph.D., Biological Sciences

With a John D. Bies International Travel Award, Bethany Williams spent a month working with the Swiss amphibian and reptile conservation institute Koordinationsstelle für Amphibien-und Reptilienschutz in der Schweiz in Neuchâtel, Switzerland.

“At KARCH, I collaborated on creating an index to look at which Swiss amphibian and reptile species were doing well and which might be experiencing population declines.” Williams says. She worked to compile decades of data into easy-to read summaries that could be disseminated to the Swiss government to guide biodiversity and land-use programs.

Yusuf Kalyango

Ph.D., School of Journalism

For Yusuf Kalyango, the John Bies International Travel Scholarship presented an opportunity to travel to Africa and study the performance of the media in relation to political stability. He worked in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania, the three countries of the original East African Community, collecting survey data for his dissertation. Yusuf recruited eight research assistants from each country and for six weeks used a random sampling procedure to bring to light public attitudes regarding the “formation and viability of the EAC in addressing their basic needs and aspirations.” .

“My dissertation tests the attitudes of citizens of East Africa toward media performance and how they evaluate their governments in administering a democracy.” Kalyango explains. “Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania historically represent several variations of regime legitimacy, the rule of law and media performance. The restoration of the EAC and its touted potential to address the social, economic and political volatility in the region have generated strong reservations and public debates from some sectors of the civil society and elite citizens.”