Student Research Grants Competition Information

Research Travel Award competition and the Conference Presentation Funds competition 

The 2017-18 Research Travel Award competition and the Conference Presentation Funds competition are now openPlease note: due to a large number of applications and limited funds, only dissertators and final-year MFA students are eligible to apply for both competitions. 

Before applying, please be sure to read through the application information carefully on the Graduate School website and also follow the instructions in the application. In addition, please visit the FAQ pages for answers to common questions.

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. 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 2017-18 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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