Applications are now open for CMCL travel grants for Spring 2011. Travel Grant Applications may be submitted until Friday April 1st, 2011.
Departmental Travel Awards are usually in the range of $250, but may vary according to the budget requested and distance traveled.
The Department is running its own competition in the spring, as COAS held only one Travel Award competition in the fall. The GAC will re-consider a “reserve list” of Fall applications that were unsuccessful then, so if you were listed as an alternate in the fall, you need not re-apply now.
In making its decisions, the GAC considers whether or not you have previously received a travel award (giving preference to those who have not previously received a Travel Award); the quality of your proposal; the significance of the conference both for your field and for your research; and how important it is for you to attend this particular conference at this stage of your career (giving preference to those who are currently on the job market). Please note that the combination of these criteria mean that it may be sensible to wait to apply for the award until you need exposure at conferences to further your job prospects.
To apply for the Travel Award this spring you must complete the form that has been emailed to you. Please print this application, fill it out, and return three copies, to Kathy by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, April 1st.
The GAC ranks the applications and will make 5 awards this semester. We hope to be able to announce the results by Friday, April 8th.
Travel Award winners must provide documentation of their presentations in the conference program before their travel awards will be disbursed. You may apply retroactively for travel to conferences that took place in the previous 6 months.
Advice for completing the applications
Bear in mind that your application is being assessed by faculty in the department who are not necessarily in your field and may thus need your help in grasping the significance of your conference presentation. So, provide a context for your presentation. Merely providing a brief abstract of your paper will not achieve that goal.
On your department application form please complete the different boxes as requested. Please download the form, fill it out, save it with your name, and 2011 Spring Travel Grant (ex: Kathy Teige 2011 Spring Travel Grant) as the file name. Then you may send it to me as an email attachment.
You should also provide a full budget, listing costs for each item. Sabrina can advise you about how to calculate mileage, and you do not need to have booked your hotel to list an expected cost.