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Research and Travel Funding

Support for Dissertation Research   I   Conference Travel Funding

The Department of History supports research and conference travel on a competitive basis, both for archival research and to present original work at professional conferences. All travel support depends on budgetary availability.

Support for Dissertation Research

The Department offers travel grants of up to $3000 to as many as three PhD students per year to support dissertation research. This funding may be used to explore potential dissertation topics or to conduct dissertation research. It is intended to cover airfare and other research-related expenses. Applicants must be PhD students in good standing and must have completed all coursework and exams before the expected research trip begins (but not necessarily before submitting the application itself). To be eligible, students must also apply for funding from at least one outside granting agency.

The Department’s Graduate Committee will review and rank applications before passing them with a recommendation to the Department Chair for final funding decisions. Some projects may be partially funded to allow multiple applicants to receive funding. All recipients are required to submit a final report within 90 days of the conclusion of the research trip.

To apply, PhD students should submit the following material to the Director of Graduate Studies in hard copy no later than November 15 of each year: 1) a 3 to 5 page description of the research project, which explicitly states how the proposed research trip will directly benefit their dissertation. Specific details about archives, libraries, and other repositories should be given, along with any supporting documentation; 2) a letter of support from their supervisory chair; 3) a list of external funding agencies to which the student has also submitted an application; and 4) a budget that lists travel costs and other anticipated expenses. Applicants should consult the US government's current per diem listings (

Conference Travel Support

Department funds to cover airfare are available on a competitive basis to all MS, MA, and PhD students planning to present scholarly work at a professional conference. Note that an application cannot be made until a paper proposal has been accepted for a particular conference. Funding may also be available for PhD students traveling to a conference for a job interview. Requests for such funding should be directed to the Department Chair, and must be supported by the Chair of the candidate’s supervisory committee.

Because the Department relies on matching funds from the Graduate School, students seeking funds for conference travel must file an application simultaneously with both units, the Department of History and the University of Utah Graduate School. The amount of department funding will vary. It will not, in any case, exceed the cost of airfare. The Graduate school will match Department funds up to $500. When necessary, the Graduate Committee of the History Department will rank applications for graduate student travel. The Chair will make all final determinations of whether to fund an application and how much is to be awarded. All students who receive department funding for conference travel are expected to present their paper at the History Department Conference in the spring. 

To apply, first complete an 
application for travel funding as outlined on the Graduate School website. Then submit a copy of that same application, endorsed by the Chair of your supervisory committee, to the Chair of the Department of History. Reimbursements are handled by the Administrative Officer, Jessica Brumbaugh. For all reimbursements, students must comply with university policy. If you have questions, please contact Jessica directly:


Last Updated: 11/6/18