Student Research Grants Competition Information

Research Travel Award competition and the Conference Presentation Funds competition 

Research Presentation Funds are still available! Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until April 30, 2017, for research travel through June 30th. Due to a large number of applications and limited funds, only dissertators in a graduate program or final-year MFA students are eligible to apply.  

2017-18 Travel: If you are planning your research travel for on or after July 1st, please check back in early July for updates on the application process and requirements for the new fiscal year.

March 1st update: This award is now being run through Common Scholarship Application (CSA). If you have an award application already started prior to March 1st, that application will continue to be supported through FluidReview. If you are starting a new application click on the "apply now" button.

Before applying, please be sure to read through the application information carefully  and also follow the instructions in the application. For additional information, please visit the Research Travel FAQ page or the Conference Presentation FAQ page.

Research Travel Awards


This competition includes awards for international and domestic travel for eligible UW–Madison dissertators and final year MFA students who are traveling to conduct research supporting their dissertation, thesis or final project. Funding for these awards comes from WARF, the Vilas Trust and the Twin Cities Women’s Philanthropy Council. More »

Conference Presentation Funds


Awards are available to all eligible graduate students who are traveling to present their research and/or scholarly project at a conference. For 2016-17 only dissertators and final-year MFA students are eligible to apply. Funding for these awards is generously provided by WARF and the Vilas Trust. More »

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Student Research Grants Competition Resources


Award Winners Share Their Stories


Each year the Graduate School’s Student Research Grants Competition helps hundreds of graduate students travel to conferences and conduct research off campus. The application process also provides a great opportunity of professional development for graduate students to practice grant application. Please consider to show your appreciation for the generosity of the funding organizations by becoming a peer reviewer for the Research Travel Award Competition, and/or by sharing your stories as a award winner to inspire your peers. Contact competition administrators at srgc-conference@grad.wisc.edu or srgc-research@grad.wisc.edu to become a reviewer or submit your stories. Here award winners share their stories. More »

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