Improved travel funding grant for graduate students

Oct. 21, 2016

As you likely know, one of our overarching priorities is to strengthen our research base and cement our status as a Carnegie-ranked R1, or Tier One, research university.

One important criterion for R1 is to foster a strong graduate student population. This is one reason we are focused more than ever on investing in our graduate students. But above all, we know that the investments we make in their education will help them become productive researchers and scholars as they establish their careers.

To these ends, we’re proud to announce that we have revamped the travel grants program for graduate students and — most importantly — increased funding to more than double what was previously available. The new program gives more graduate students an opportunity to obtain more funds per trip to share their research and establish themselves in their field. It also sets forth stronger criteria for prioritizing travel grant requests.

Starting in January 2017, eligible graduate students may apply for travel grants based on a required 1:1 match from a college or department with a maximum $500 match for a total of $1,000.

Eligibility will depend on a point scale that takes into account:

  • The applicant’s GPA
  • A faculty member’s evaluation
  • The applicant’s statement concerning the importance of the meeting/artistic venue
  • The publication/professional development potential

Priority will be given to those who have not previously received a travel grant. Other factors include:

  • Type of presentation (e.g., paper, poster)
  • Preference for lead authors, creators and featured performers/exhibitors
  • Scope or significance of the meeting or conference

This initiative is the result of a collaborative effort by the Office of the President, the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Office of Research and Innovation, the Office of Finance and Administration, the Toulouse Graduate School and the Graduate Student Council. We want to thank everyone involved for working hard to make this a reality.

Victor Prybutok, the vice provost of the Toulouse Graduate School, will meet with key groups in the next few weeks to explain the changes. If you have any questions, you can contact Joseph Oppong, associate dean of the Toulouse Graduate School, at

Thanks for all that you to do support our graduate students and to help UNT be a great research university.

UNT Proud,

Neal Smatresk



Finley Graves