Travel & Research Funding @ IU

Searching for funding to attend conferences, workshops, summer classes, internships or related enrichment and professional development activities?

 

  • Conference/Workshop Travel

Islamic Studies Travel

Each year, the Islamic Studies Program offers awards to support graduate student travel to conferences or for field work. The program usually offers a limited number of competitive awards each grant cycle. Award amounts vary and depend upon our budget. Travel awardees are selected based on need and relevance of the project to Islamic Studies (broadly defined).

All graduate students in good standing at IU Bloomington are eligible and encouraged to apply, although preference will be given to doctoral students. The Program requests that award recipients acknowledge our support in any product of their research, if applicable.

Four awards per semester for $250 each.

Russian and East European Institute

REEI provides grants to help graduate students who specialize in the Russian East European region present their research at major association meetings and conferences. Student travel reimbursement is limited to minimum airfare or mileage (per IU guidelines), one night lodging, and conference registration fee. Students may also be eligible for conference travel support from the College of Arts and Sciences. Please check with your home department graduate advisor to see if you can be nominated. REEI domestic conference travel grants will not exceed $400 and international grants will not exceed $600.

Deadlines: January 15, April 1 (if funds available), October 1

CAHI Conference Travel

The College Arts and Humanities Institute announces a competition (two times per year) for graduate students to support costs related to travel to professional conferences at which the student is presenting a paper.

Eligibility: Any Ph.D. or MFA student in the arts and humanities (in the College of Arts and Sciences at Indiana University) may apply.

Awards may be up to $1,000.

COAS Travel

College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Student Travel Awards are intended to assist students traveling to and presenting at major national and international conferences. The College will host two travel award competitions for the 2015-16 academic school year. One will be held in the fall term and one will be held in the spring term. Each department will set its own internal deadlines for review of its students’ applications. For travel between July 2015 and March 2016, apply for the fall travel award. For travel between January 2016 and August 2016, apply for the spring travel award.

GPSG Travel

The GPSG Travel Award is offered through a competitive process for graduate and professional students at Indiana University Bloomington. A flat award of $500 is given to help support travel expenses to conferences at which the student’s work will be presented (i.e. speeches, posters or interactive design), or to help support travel to workshops, special trainings, competitions and auditions that will benefit the student professionally. Funds may be used for registration fees, presentation materials, transportation, and lodging/food associated with the conference, workshop, training, competition or audition. Students may apply for one travel award per semester, but may apply for travel awards for multiple events/ conferences in different semesters, even if they are a previous winner. There are two deadlines per year: Spring for January-December calendar year awards, Fall: July-June calendar year awards. For details and dates see GPSG website.

  • International Opportunities

OVPIA IEG

International Enhancement Grants (IEGs), administered by the IU Office of the Vice President for International Affairs (OVPIA), support IU students pursuing academic training which adds or enhances an international component of their graduate degree program.

Supported training activities include:

  • Enrollment in a foreign language or an area studies course not offered at IU
  • Participation in a structured international internship
  • Formal training program or workshop on an international topic

Awards: Up to $2,000. Proposal deadlines vary each academic year, but usually fall in August, December, and March.

Office of Overseas Study Scholarships

Overseas Study awards over $100,000 in scholarship support annually on the basis of financial need and academic merit. Scholarships are available in several categories. Note, the Office of Overseas Study relies on the official assessment of Financial Need conducted by the IU Office of Student Financial Assistance to verify each applicant’s financial circumstances. This information is based on the completed FAFSA.

*** Area Studies Centers/Programs in the School of Global and International Studies offer funding, with a preference for MA or PhD students or PhD minors in that program or world region. Additionally, COAS, CAHI and UGS funding can support international activities in some instances.

  • Pre-Dissertation, Dissertation, and Dissertation Completion

*Some opportunities may be limited to students enrolled in a specific program or college. For instance, COAS and CAHI funding opportunities are limited to COAS students. 

Dhar India Studies

The Dhar India Studies Program has a limited amount of awards (up to $2500) to support travel to the Indian Subcontinent for dissertation-related work.

Deadline: February 2017

CAHI Research Award

The College Arts and Humanities Institute announces a competition (two times per year) for travel costs related to travel for the purposes of research (visits to archives, fieldwork, etc.).

Eligibility: Any Ph.D. student in the arts and humanities (in the College of Arts and Sciences at Indiana University) who has completed all course work, been advanced to candidacy, and who is at work on the dissertation. MFA students must be within one year of completing their thesis work.

Awards may be up to $2,000.

GPSG Research Award

The GPSG research award is offered through a competitive process for graduate and professional students at Indiana University Bloomington. A flat award of $1,000 is given to help support research expenses incurred in connection with academic research, such as travel costs related to field, archival or laboratory research, payment for research related services, and purchase of research related supplies. Expenses that are not supported are typing and duplicating of dissertations, normal living expenses, and travel costs for conferences or workshops. Research awards are offered in spring semester only. Consideration for Spring 2016 Research Awards is given for research conducted during Summer 2016, Fall 2016, and Spring 2017.

OVPIA Summer Pre-dissertation Travel Grants

Summer pre-dissertation travel grants, administered by the IU Office of the Vice President for International Afffairs, support research-related summer travel abroad prior to conducting dissertation research abroad. Activities supported include exploring potential research sites, archives, or other research resources; establishing institutional affiliations; identifying and meeting local scholars and contacts.

Awards: Stipend set at economy round-trip airfare plus $1,000

COAS Dissertation Year Research Fellowships 

These awards are intended to assist advanced graduate students in the College of Arts and Sciences to make significant progress on their dissertations. During the fellowship year, students have the opportunity to focus full-time on their dissertation research and writing. Students must be formally admitted to Ph.D. candidacy by January 16 of the application year to be eligible for the fellowship. The fellowships do include student health insurance, but do not include fee remissions; students generally are not permitted to accept other appointments, fellowships, or outside employment during the fellowship year.

You must be nominated by your graduate program for College Dissertation Year Research Fellowships; the College does not accept applications directly from students. Each program is allowed to nominate up to three students total. If you are interested in being nominated, contact your department’s Director of Graduate Studies to learn more about your program’s nomination procedures.

COAS Dissertation Completion Fellowships 

The College has additional dissertation fellowships available to students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences. The fellowships include graduate student health insurance, but they do not include fee remissions. Students generally are not permitted to accept other appointments, fellowships, or outside employment during the fellowship year.

You must be nominated by your graduate program for College Dissertation Completion Fellowships; the College does not accept applications directly from students. Each program is allowed to nominate up to three students total. If you are interested in being nominated, contact your department’s Director of Graduate Studies to learn more about your program’s nomination procedures.

UGS Grant-in-Aid  PhD Research Award

A student must have been formally admitted to Ph.D. candidacy by the application deadline (the Nomination to Candidacy Form must have been approved by the Dean of The University Graduate School). Students pursuing doctoral degrees other than the Ph.D. (i.e., Ed.D. or D.M.) may also apply for a Doctoral Student Grant-in-Aid of Research Award. Current students must be enrolled full-time on the Bloomington campus during the semester in which an application is submitted (6 credit hours is considered full time).  The maximum amount awarded to any student is $1,000. The amount of the award is determined by the combination of available funding and the judged significance of the proposed work. Any eligible student may apply for the fall and spring competitions but may only receive a total of $1,000 per academic year.

UGS Grant-in-Aid for MFA Thesis Research

These awards provide funding for Bloomington MFA students for unusual expenses incurred in connection with MFA projects, such as travel to special libraries, payments to consultants, photocopies, electronics and specialized equipment. Expenses that are not supported include normal living expenses, routine supplies, and computers. In the case of requests for equipment, the Director of Graduate Studies must verify that neither the equipment requested nor the funds are available for its purchase. If an application is funded for an amount less than that necessary to purchase the equipment, the department will be responsible for supplying the additional funds. At the completion of the project, the equipment must remain with the department and be made available for future research projects by other graduate students.

IU Workshop on Russian/Soviet Studies

With generous funding from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Russian Studies Workshop at Indiana University (RSW) is offering fellowships for graduate students at various stages of training. These grants are intended for current or prospective doctoral students in the social sciences whose research and training focuses on the Russian Federation or Soviet Union prior to 1991. This includes comparative work that incorporates Russia as a case study. The current grant offerings are intended for work completed in Summer or Fall 2017. Another application cycle will be introduced for funding opportunities in 2018.  The deadline for all awards is March 7, 2017 unless otherwise noted
 
Summer Language Workshop (SLW) Graduate Training GrantsFor undergraduates to attend SLW in the summer before enrolling in a PhD program. This award is intended to help incoming students get a jump start on using Russian as a research language in future study. Application Requirements found at:http://indiana.edu/~swseel/funding-costs/russian-studies Award amount: up to $6500 for tuition, fees and summer stipend. DEADLINE: March 15, 2017
 
Methods Training For graduate students working on Russia who are interested in developing their expertise in social science research methods, or for students working in the social sciences who wish to expand their area studies research methods capabilities in Russia. Application requirements: Two-page narrative describing the fit between the target training program and the student’s research; unofficial transcript; CV; letter of support from dissertation advisor. Awards will not be disbursed until a letter of acceptance to the training lab has been provided to the RSW. Award amount: up to $7,500.
 
Predissertation Network Building FellowshipFor graduate students interested in forging contacts and exploring data possibilities or supplementary training, we can fund month long fellowships for residency at a Russian research lab or center. Application requirements: Two-page narrative describing the fit between the target institution and the student’s research; unofficial transcript; CV; letter of support from dissertation advisor. Awards will not be disbursed until a letter of acceptance or invitation has been provided to the RSW. Amount: up to $7,500.
 
Short-term Fieldwork GrantsFor graduate students who are interested in a short field research trip during the summer or the academic year that will facilitate completion of their dissertation prospectus or program requirements, provide the foundation for a grant proposal, or fill a gap in research essential to complete the dissertation project. These grants are intended for students to work to collect data, conduct archival work, or engage in interviews or ethnographic research. Application requirements:  Two-page narrative describing the planned research; unofficial transcript; CV; letter of support from dissertation advisor. Award amount: up to $7,500.
Dissertation Write-up GrantsFunding to provide support to an Indiana University graduate student near the completion of his or her doctoral program in the social sciences with research on Russia. The fellowship is intended for applicants who have completed all course work, passed all required preliminary examinations, received approval for their research proposal, and completed all formal components of their dissertation field research or data collection. The fellowship will be granted on the basis of the scholarly potential of the applicant, the quality and scholarly importance of the proposed work and its importance to the development of scholarship on Russia. Application requirements: Proposal explaining topic of dissertation and plan for completion (no more than 5 pages, double spaced); One reference letter from dissertation advisor; a second letter from another faculty advisor; unofficial transcript of graduate record; CV. Award Amount: up to $15,000.
 
To applyRequest a proposal cover sheet from the RSW and include it with your application materials. All Spring and summer proposals are due by 11:59 PM on Tuesday March 7, 2017. Please submit all application materials for each funding opportunity in a single PDF file to the RSW email (rsw@iu.edu). Letters of reference should be sent directly to the RSW and must also be received by the March 7 deadline.