Types of Funding: Graduate Student Travel Awards

Please note:

  • Effective December 6, updated US entry policy requires all international air travelers, regardless of vaccination status or citizenship, to show a negative COVID-19 test taken within 24 hours of their flight to the United States. The Biden administration announced new travel-related actions as the US heads into the winter seasons and with the emergence of the new omicron variant.
  • Domestic booking, including all US territories, is open, effective July 1, 2021.
  • International travel remains restricted. Any applications for travel assistance for international travel must be accompanied by a UWM Travel Exception Form , which must be approved by the dean of the traveler’s school or college.
  • Students may apply for travel assistance from the Graduate School by submitting a Graduate Student Travel Support Application . In the application, students must upload proof that they are presenting, performing, or exhibiting at the specified event.


The Graduate Student Travel Awards offers partial funding to UWM master’s and doctoral students for presenting scholarly and creative works developed while in your UWM graduate degree program. The events to which you travel must be hosted by an academic or professional organization related to your discipline, and include conferences, performances, or exhibitions. Such activities are an important part of the professional development of graduate students, offering opportunities to receive review of your work, and to establish professional networks, contacts for collaborative research, and sources of potential future employment. Travel to major regional, national, or international meetings in your discipline is the best use of this program. Funded amounts vary depending on distance, receipt of prior support through this program, and other current support. The average award amount is $400. Funding is provided as reimbursement of expenses after the travel has been completed.


  • You must be enrolled in a graduate degree program.
  • Your presentation, performance, or exhibition must be officially recognized by the sponsoring academic or professional organization. Evidence of this—a letter or notice of acceptance or link to (or PDF of) the program schedule showing your participation—is required before funds will be released.
  • Applications are not accepted for events occurring after graduation from your program.


  • You are encouraged to submit applications as far as possible before the event.
  • Applications must be completed and submitted before travel occurs. Post travel applications will no longer be accepted.
  • You are also encouraged to seek travel support through your degree program to supplement any award you receive through the Graduate Student Travel Awards.

Program Limitations

There is a $1,000.00 cap for PhD in expenses paid per student and $500.00 cap for master’s students. A UWM student who receives support as a master’s student and then enrolls in UWM PhD program would have a cumulative maximum of $1,500.00.

Travel Guidelines

  • Awardees must comply with the state and campus travel policies and procedures and any other School or College instructions. You will only be reimbursed for eligible expenses for the least expensive method of travel, which is not necessarily by automobile. In other words, you may travel by whatever method you choose, but your reimbursement will be limited to the least expensive method.
  • Students who are planning to drive personal vehicles or rental cars must be registered and authorized by UWM. See the Drivers web page.
  • The Guide to Receiving Your Reimbursement has important information on making travel arrangements and the documentation you will need for reimbursement of eligible expenses.