Travel grants

Funding for the 2023-2024 academic year has been exhausted.

The Graduate Student Travel Grant program provides funds to support students presenting their research or academic work at conferences, summits, etc.

Through this program, the Graduate School will provide financial support of up to $500 for eligible graduate students. The grant can be used to cover conference costs, travel, lodging, etc.—any expenses incurred for participation as a presenter.

  • Who is eligible? All degree-seeking students enrolled in master’s or doctoral programs at VCU are eligible to apply for this opportunity. Students receiving funding from this program must be a presenter at the academic event they are attending. Please note that first-professional students (D.D.S., M.D., Pharm.D.) are not eligible to apply. 

  • What are the restrictions? Awards are made without regard to quotas or distribution among fields and departments. However, no student will be funded for more than two trips in an academic year. Funding is limited, so students applying to the program are not guaranteed support.

  • When is the deadline? Students may apply only in the semester in which they are presenting and must turn in their application at least one month before their proposed travel dates.

How to apply

Detailed instructions on applying can be found on the Graduate Student Travel Grant Application. Interested students should submit their application form and required application materials (a research abstract of 300 words or less, verification of the presentation, a letter of support from their advisor, and a budget showing how the funds will be used) via the application form. If you have any questions, please contact


For more information on University travel guidelines, please visit the Office of Procurement Services