The José Varela Memorial Travel Grant was established through the generous donations of MLCS Faculty and external benefactors. This grant is awarded to enhance the quality and dissemination of graduate research in MLCS. All areas of research in the department are supported. The grant is designed to encourage students to become active in their respective fields of research and expose their work at national and international venues. The grant is specifically designed to facilitate the presentation of papers at scholarly conferences.
All full-time or part-time graduate students in MLCS are eligible. Previous holders of this grant are given lower priority, but are encouraged to reapply. Your travel dates must be between September 1, 2018 and August 31, 2019. Retroactive applications are permissible.
The Graduate Committee will distribute funding at its discretion, based on the following criteria:
- quality of the abstract
- academic standing/progress in program
- relevance of the abstract/venue to the student's program
- international vs domestic travel
Note: If you are awarded a grant but do not attend the conference for which you applied, this grant is forfeited. You are encouraged to reapply for future opportunities.
The application deadline, including submission of supplementary documents, is March 1, 2019, 4PM. Please complete the application online and submit the following documents via email by the 4PM deadline to the Graduate Advisor as 2 separate pdf documents: (1) proof of acceptance of paper & (2) your updated CV. Hard copies will not be accepted.
One award for $2000
The Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies is offering a one-time travel awards to support research travel in spring/summer 2019. The purpose is to off-set the costs of travel associated with MA or PhD thesis research. This might include research to visit archives, museums, institutions, gather data, or other research. This award does not support conference, symposium, or workshop attendance and is intended for field research only. Expenses will be reimbursed in accordance with "Appendix A: Schedule of Allowable Travel Expenses" from the Travel Expense Procedure and no exceptions will be made.
To apply, please submit:
a) A one-page proposal that includes
- a description of the thesis project
- a description of research plans to be undertaken during the period of the award including any necessary preliminary preparations
- a discussion of how these plans are essential to the completion of the thesis project
- a timeline for the field research
b) A detailed budget, including any funds received or anticipated
c) Your updated CV
d) A letter of support from your thesis supervisor, which includes a discussion of why this travel is essential for your thesis work.
Please submit these items to the Graduate Advisor by March 1, 2019, 4PM. Only complete applications will be considered.
The awards will be adjudicated by the MLCS Graduate Committee. Decisions will be made on the following criteria: quality of proposal particularly with regard to: a) the justification for travel as it relates to the dissertation topic and b) clarity and feasibility of research plans; the letter of support from the supervisor; the student’s standing in the program.
Winners will be required to submit a report to the department summarizing their travel experience and its impact on their thesis research.