Scholarships and Awards

FGSR Graduate Travel Awards

The Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (FGSR) offers travel awards to financially support graduate students who travel in the interests of disseminating their research results or developing their research.

Travel award funding is not a guaranteed source of funding for students and is subject to availability. This offer of financial support is intended to assist with the cost of travel expenses for students’ active participation at a conference or research trip. Students should not make travel plans with the expectation that funding will be available.

Allocation: The FGSR will offer awards until allocated funding is expended in the specified periods below:

For travel which starts between:

Applications will be accepted beginning:

August 1, 2019 to November 30, 2019

TBA - Awards GSMS Portal is anticipated to be live in mid-August

December 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020


April 1, 2020 to July 31, 2020 TBA


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  • Value
    Variable, up to a maximum value of $1,500 depending on the estimate of eligible expenses provided by the student.
  • Eligibility

    An eligible student can only receive one graduate travel award during a graduate program. This includes master’s students transferring or who have transferred to a PhD program.

    All applicants must:

    • Be registered full-time in their program at the time of application and at the time of proposed travel.
    • Have a GPA of 2.7 or higher, based on the most recent 15 credits of graded coursework (or closest approximation thereof) in their current program at the time of application

    Master's Students:

    • Students in a master’s degree program must have completed no more than four years in the master’s program at the time of travel.

    - If you are in a thesis-based program at the time of application, you must have completed your preliminary course work and other prerequisites (approximately the first two terms of your program and all grades must be final). You must be actively engaged in thesis research by registering in full time thesis credits.

    - If you are in a course-based program at the time of application, you must have completed at least two university terms of full-time coursework (grades must be final) in the program by the time you travel. Course-based students are required to be registered full-time in each Fall and Winter term; spring/summer term registration is not required if full-time coursework was completed in the preceding Fall and Winter terms.

    Doctoral Students:

    • Students in a doctoral degree program must have completed no more than six years in the doctoral program at the time of travel. This includes master’s students who have transferred to a PhD program.

    • At the time of application:

    - You must have completed your preliminary course work and other prerequisites, completed your candidacy examination and be actively engaged in thesis research (registered in full time thesis credits).
    In addition to the above eligibility requirements, an applicant’s travel must fall under one of two categories in order to be eligible for funding:

    Conference Travel:

    A conference trip eligible for FGSR funding should be a highlight of a student's program. Travel will involve the student's attendance and active participation - by presenting a paper or poster, exhibiting their work, or participating in a panel discussion at a major national or international research gathering.

    Research Travel:

    You must be actively engaged in research related activities at the designated location, and the nature of your trip must be to develop your own research (not your supervisor’s). Active participation is required during the specified time of travel, and is to include collection, analyzation, or gathering of information/data for your research. Internships, exchange programs, and attendance in credited and/or non-credited courses are not eligible for research travel funding.

    The following are examples of travel that would constitute a research trip:

    • Trips to field sites
    • Visits to off-campus research stations
    • Visits to archives, museums and exhibits
    • Participation at a research workshop; the workshop must be interactive with other researchers and/or participants and teach relevant skills related to your research
    • Participation at a research training institute; the institute can be a wide variety of experiences related to your research, and be comprised of events, seminars, workshops, etc.
    • Travel to performance venues for performing art students to present their pieces, or to attend performances relevant to their research

    Please note:

    1.) Research travel within the City of Edmonton limits is not eligible for travel award funding

    2.) Research travel funding is fiscal-year dependent; you may only submit a travel award application for travel expenses incurred between April 1 and March 31 of the current fiscal year

  • Adjudication Procedures

    The FGSR will offer as many travel awards as the annual budget will support. Once funding in a certain section is expended, no more applications will be accepted.

  • Additional Information
    If you are offered a FGSR graduate travel award, you are not required to submit a Graduate Award Acceptance Form; payment to you will be initiated automatically. If you do not participate in the travel/conference that your graduate travel award was approved to fund, or if your status as a graduate student changes, it is your responsibility to notify the FGSR immediately, in writing. You may be required to repay any travel funds received.

Other sources of travel funding:

  • Department Administered Travel Awards. Contact your department directly for possible department or faculty supported travel funding opportunities.