Ross Travel Grant
The Ross Travel Grant supports graduate student travel for the following purposes: to present papers at professional meetings and conferences, to exhibit works of art at national and international showings, and to perform, direct or produce within professional performing arts venues.
- The applicant must be a graduate student in good standing and a graduate student at the time of travel.
- Prior to travel, the applicant must supply evidence that her/his paper (art or performance) has been accepted for presentation at a professional meeting or venue of her/his discipline. Notification of conditional award may be given prior to official notice of acceptance. However, no funds will be disbursed unless notification of acceptance is received.
- If the paper is co-authored, the applicant must appear on the program as the presenter of the paper. Only one author or performer will be funded per paper or performance.
- For fields in which the presentation is given at a professional conference, higher priority will be given to full papers than to poster displays.
- National and international conferences and venues are given higher priority than regional conferences and venues or a single institution-sponsored event. The standing of the conference in the discipline, as evaluated by the department chair, influences the priority given.
- The award covers the amount equivalent to the minimum airfare or other public transportation cost to the conference city, with a maximum of $500 granted to any single applicant. Ground transportation, lodging, per diem and registration fees are generally not covered.
- Contact your departmental administrative assistant for information on air travel. For travel purposes, the graduate student is reimbursed as if he/she was a WWU employee and must follow all WWU travel policies and regulations; see POL-U5348.10
- Applications are considered competitively. Four review cycles occur per year; deadlines are Oct 1, Dec 15, March 15, May 15. All applicants will be notified approximately one week after the deadline.
- No retroactive requests will be considered.
- Eligibility for awards from this fund is limited to one award per student during her/his tenure as a graduate student at WWU.
- Applications must be accompanied by a letter from the department chair, program advisor, or faculty member working closest with the applicant on the project, assessing the ranking and/or significance of the conference in the applicant's discipline.
- After returning from the conference, showing, or performance venue, each awardee will be expected to write a letter to Dr. James Ross, c/o Graduate School, briefly describing how the travel opportunity enhanced her/his graduate experience at Western.