Awards for Conference Travel

Undergraduate students may apply for up to $450 from the Undergraduate Dean's Office to cover some of the costs of travel to and participation in an academic conference to present their own research. The student must be enrolled at the College at the time of application. If the conference takes place during the academic year, the student must be enrolled that semester and have permission of their dean and instructors to miss classes. If the conference takes place during a winter or summer break, student must also be enrolled during the semester prior to the travel and during the semester afterward.


  • Applicants must be presenting their own original scholarly research or faculty-mentored research at the conference.
  • Funding can be applied toward conference registration fees, travel, accommodation, and/or food expenses.
  • Students will be expected to explore other sources of funding from their own research labs and academic departments and programs before applying for a Dean’s Office Award.
  • Applicants must submit a budget showing how the award will be spent.* Awards cannot exceed $450.
  • Awards will be taxed as fellowships. See
  • A student may receive no more than one Dean’s Office Award for research expenses or conference travel per semester, and no more than two total awards during their undergraduate career. 
  • Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis throughout the academic year until funding has been exhausted for the year.
  • For more information about the Undergraduate Dean’s Office Funding program, see

Application Process

  • To apply, the student must complete this form  To avoid delay in review, students should answer all questions as fully as possible.  Applications must include a budget showing how the award will be spent.* 
  • In addition, all funding applications must be accompanied by a letter of support ( from a Tri-Co faculty member supervising the research/project or serving as the applicant's mentor. Be sure to give your mentor/supervisor at least 2-3 weeks advance notice.

* Here is a sample itemized budget. Note that the student has found a cost-effective mode of transportation and provided an educated estimate for one expense.  

Total amount requested: $300

  • Roundtrip Bolt Bus Tickets (Philly-NYC): $30
  • NYC MetroCard (four rides x $2.50): $10
  • Conference registration fee: $75
  • Meals ($30 per day x two days): $60
  • Hotel for one night: $125