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Research and Travel Funding

Department of History Research and 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.

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 (

Department funds to cover travel, lodging, registration, and per diem 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.

The first time a student seeks funds for conference travel they must file an application simultaneously with the Department of History and the University of Utah Graduate School. The Graduate School’s travel policy is available here. The amount of department funding for your initial use of departmental travel support will vary. It will not, in any case, exceed $500. The Graduate school will match Department funds up to $500, but they will do so only once in student’s time at the University.

The department believes presenting at prominent conferences is essential to the professional growth of all of its graduate students. Hence, the department will consider on competitive basis additional conference funding requests from any of its graduate students. The amount of conference expenses the department can fund of these subsequent requests will vary, but will not exceed $750.

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 Director of Graduate Studies who will forward it 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:

Through a generous gift from the Lawrence T. & Janet T. Dee Foundation, the Department of History is able offer financial support for student travel. These funds could be used to supplement or cover costs for research related travel, learning abroad, travel for overseas research, or travel to attend a conference.

To apply, submit a coversheet including:

    • Name, date, year (2nd year undergrad, MA student, etc.)
    • Contact information (phone and u-mail)
    • Description of the travel you plan to undertake (learning abroad program, archive, conference) and how it relates to your History major or degree
    • Budget of the planned travel expenses and anticipated dates of travel (please cite airline, hotel, travel, or per diem quotes)

Requests will be evaluated on a separate rolling basis for Fall and Spring semester and funded until resources are exhausted. Undergraduates should send requests to Prof. Rebecca Horn, Chair of the Undergraduate Committee (

Graduate students should send requests to Professor Beth Clement, Director of Graduate Studies ( All applications will be subject to final approval by the Chair of the Department of History.

Applications will be evaluated by:

  1. The impact the travel will likely have on the student’s time and History degree at the U.
  2. The relevance of the travel to the student’s History degree.
  3. The thoroughness and clarity of the application.

Students should use the US Government per diem rates and/or quotes from airlines or travel websites in their budgets.

Recipients of the Dee Travel Award

Megan Weiss

Megan Weiss, 3rd yr. PhD

Material culture, colonization, race, and gender in the American West

Western History Association Annual Conference, Portland

Keely Mruk

Keely Mruk, MA

Science, medicine, and technology in the 20th century US

Bernard Becker Medical Library at Wasington University, St. Louis

Kendra A. Kennedy

Kendra A. Kennedy, PhD

Women, gender, and slavery in the early US

Chew Family Papers, Historical Society of Pennsylvania

John Flynn

John Flynn, PhD

Environmental history of the American West

Virtual conference on the environmental history
of the US

Joseph Stuart

Joseph Stuart, PhD

Race, gender, and religion during the Civil Rights Movement

American Historical Association Conference American Society for Church History Conference

Last Updated: 11/15/22