Jose Varela Travel Grant

Conference Travel

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, 2019 and August 31, 2020. If you don't receive your Proof of Acceptance in time for this year's competition, 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 is March 2, 2020, 4PM. Please complete the application using the google form which requires you to upload a pdf of (1) your up-to-date CV and (2) proof of acceptance of paper. Hard copies and google forms submitted after the deadline will not be accepted.

Research Travel

Spring/Summer 2020
One award for $1000

The Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies is offering a one-time travel awards to support research travel in spring/summer 2020. 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. (You can have your supervisor email their signed letter directly to the Graduate Advisor, or they can drop off a copy at 200 Arts.)

Please submit these items to the Graduate Advisor, Andrea Hayes, by email no later than March 2, 2020, 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.