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Travel and Research Grants

Select the name of a travel or research grant for information on award amounts, eligibility, deadlines, and how to apply.

Funding for Tulsa Students

Robberson grants provide financial assistance to outstanding students who are in the early phases of a research project that is leading towards a significant product of creative activity or who are presenting their research at a professional conference. Such activities include dissertation or thesis research, publications, and national exhibitions or performances.

Robberson Travel Award: MAXIMUM AWARDS

Students may receive up to $1,800 per degree program. (Students may submit more than one application per degree program.)

  • $1,000 unmatched funds or the cost of travel, whichever is less
  • $500 additional funding will be available if the student can show evidence of matching funds from an OU entity
  • $300 additional funding will be available for international travel if the student can show matching funds from an OU entity

Robberson Research Award:

Master's Students
Master's students may receive up to $1,000 per degree program. (Students may submit more than one application during the course of a degree program.)

  • $500 unmatched funds or the cost of travel, whichever is less
  • $500 additional funding will be available if the student can show evidence of matching funds from an OU entity

Doctoral Students
Doctoral students may receive up to $1,500 per degree program. (Students may submit more than one application during the course of a degree program.)

  • $1,000 unmatched funds or the cost of travel, whichever is less
  • $500 additional funding will be available if the student can show evidence of matching funds from an OU entity.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Must be in good academic standing and have an OU grade point average of 3.0 or better.
  • Must be enrolled during the semester they plan to travel. Applicants are not required to be enrolled in the Summer semester in order to be eligible to receive funding for research/travel costs during the Summer semester. However, applicants should be enrolled in the following Fall semester.

Applicants for the Robberson Travel Grant must be an active presenter at the conference/exhibition.

Review and Award Process

  1. Applications will be reviewed by the Graduate Council’s Travel and Research Subcommittee during the three weeks after the deadline.
  2. A notification letter will be sent to the applicant’s OU email address once decisions are made.
  3. Applicants awarded funding should contact the academic unit support staff regarding the payment/disbursement of these funds.
    1. Research Grant – The academic unit must submit a request for reimbursement and a copy of the award email. The Graduate College will then transfer funds to the student’s academic unit for disbursement to the student. Note: the academic unit account must be a 122 – account.
    2. Travel Grant – The academic unit must complete and process a travel claim for the recipient and then submit a copy of the award email, a copy of the travel claim, and a request for reimbursement to the Graduate College by the deadline stated in the notification letter. The Graduate College will then transfer funds to the student’s academic unit. The Graduate College will not transfer funds if the transfer request is received after the stated deadline. Note: the academic unit account must be a 122 – account.

Restrictions and Limitations

  • Post-doctoral scholars are not eligible for these funds.
  • If a student is awarded an amount which is beneath the maximum award amount, the student may apply again for the remainder of the funds during the same degree program. Eligibility for future awards is based upon the original award amount, not the actual expenditure.
    • Research Grant
      • These funds may be used to provide IRB approved compensation to study participants. The IRB approval letter and Crimson Corner approval documents will be required in order to receive reimbursement.
      • Reimbursement for gift cards is subject to additional restrictions. Purchasing of gift cards must be pre-approved by your academic unit and must follow OU purchasing policies outlined by Financial Services.
      • These funds may be used to fund research-related expenses such as supplies, equipment, books, data-sets, or travel related to the project.
      • These funds may not normally be used to pay salaries, make dissertation copies, or fund publication costs.
    • Travel Grant
      • Verification of the student’s presentation at the conference/exhibition will be required before funds are disbursed.
      • These funds may not be used to attend training workshops, short courses, field schools, or other types of events.
      • Travel to local or state meetings will not be supported from these funds. (However, national conferences which happen to occur in Oklahoma are eligible for funding.)
      • Travel for research purposes will not be supported from these funds. 

Application Deadlines: September 15, October 15, November 15, January 15, February 15, March 15, April 15.

ATTENTION STUDENTS: For the October 15 and subsequent deadlines, this application process will be all online. Your advisor will now fill out an online form in support of your application rather than submitting a letter of support. Submit your application prior to the deadline so your graduate liaison and major advisor have enough time to complete the form. 

Application:

Robberson Travel and Research Grants Application

If you have any questions or issues, please email aokoe@ou.edu

To view a draft or saved form, go here: Dynamic Forms

The Robberson and Wethington Scholarships provide financial assistance for academically outstanding students to attend competitive and prestigious training/courses at other universities or institutions. Funding for this opportunity is provided from the Richard, Mary, and Glenn Robberson fund and the Mr. and Mrs. W.O. Wethington Scholarship fund. The eligibility criteria will determine which scholarship the applicant is awarded.

The Graduate College will fund a small number of these applications as a pilot program.  Applications where the academic unit contributes significant cost sharing will be given priority in the review process.

Eligibility Criteria

  • International students studying in the areas broadly defined as natural sciences, history, business, engineering, or mathematics are eligible.
  • Domestic students in all fields are eligible.

Applicants for these funds must show evidence that the training/courses for which funding is requested will provide the following:

  • Knowledge that cannot be obtained at OU
  • Significant networking opportunities
  • A positive impact on the student’s career.

Applicants for these funds:

  • Must be in good academic standing and have an OU grade point average of 3.0 or better.

Review and Award Process

  1. Applications will be reviewed by the Graduate Council’s Travel and Research Subcommittee during the three weeks after the deadline.
  2. A notification letter will be sent to the applicant’s OU email address once decisions are made.
  3. Applicants awarded funding should contact the academic unit support staff regarding the payment/disbursement of these funds. The academic unit must submit a request for reimbursement and a copy of the award email. The Graduate College will then transfer funds to the student’s academic unit for disbursement to the student. Note: the academic unit account must be a 122 – account.

Restrictions and Limitations

  • Post-doctoral scholars are not eligible for these funds.
  • These funds may be used to fund expenses related to attending the training/courses such as course registration fees, books, or travel related to attending the training/courses. 

Application Deadlines: September 15, October 15, November 15, January 15, February 15, March 15, April 15.

ATTENTION STUDENTS: For the October 15 and subsequent deadlines, this application process will be all online. Your advisor will now fill out an online form in support of your application rather than submitting a letter of support. Submit your application prior to the deadline so your graduate liaison and major advisor have enough time to complete the form. 

Application:

Robberson and Wethington Scholarship Application

If you have any questions or issues, please email lindseyjohnston@ou.edu

To view a draft or saved form, go here: Dynamic Forms

 

The Graduate Student Senate accepts Research and Conference Grant applications twice a year. These grants are supplementary in nature and operate on a reimbursement basis. The Fall grant application is for travel and research expenses accrued from June 1 to December 31; the Spring application is for expenses accrued from January 1 to May 31. More information and application forms...

The College of Arts and Sciences makes available a limited amount of travel funding each year for outstanding undergraduate students with a declared CAS major and graduate students making strong progress toward completion of a CAS degree program. Available for both Norman and Tulsa campuses.

NORMAN CAMPUS: CLICK HERE (DOCX)

TULSA CAMPUS: CLICK HERE


Eligibility and Guidelines

  • OU Travel Guidelines
  • OU students who have formally declared a CAS major and are in good standing academically are eligible to apply.
  • Graduate students may request up to $750 to conduct research at a remote location or present their research at a national or international conference.
  • Graduate students may request up to $500 to present their research at a regional conference.
  • Undergraduate students may request up to $500 for any academic travel.
  • A student TAP may not be used to defray the cost of any study abroad program.
  • Available funding is limited to one trip per fiscal year (note: the fiscal year runs July-June)
  • It is a requirement of the award that all students requesting travel assistance must seek matching funds from another source. All student TAP applications must be accompanied by documentation that the student will receive at least $250 of the total cost of the trip from her/his department OR has applied for travel funding from at least one other source.

Deadlines

Requests for funding must be submitted to the CAS Dean’s Office no later than 30 days prior to the start date of travel. In exceptional cases, students may request a waiver of this 30-day requirement, but no retroactive requests will be approved.

Application Procedures

  1. Complete the CAS Student Travel Assistance Program (TAP) Form linked above for your campus (only one trip per form).
  2. Attach a brief narrative stating the purpose and benefits of the travel to the applicant (no more than one page).
  3. Attach a copy of the invitation to present/perform from the conference or event/venue (if presenting).
  4. Attach a copy of the current unofficial transcript. Please do not have them mailed to us from OU Records office.
  5. Attach a letter of support from your academic unit’s Chair/Director.
  6. Attach documentation of any other travel funding received or applied for. If your academic unit is proving the matching funds, the chair/director’s letter of support should confirm the $250 commitment.
  7. Submit the printed CAS Student Travel Assistance Program (TAP) Form with all required attachments and supporting documentation to your academic unit’s chair/director for approval.
  8. The academic unit should verify all required attachments and supporting documentation are attached to the form prior to forwarding them on to the CAS Dean's Office.
  9. Submit the printed (hard copy) signed original of the CAS Travel Assistance Program (TAP) Form, required attachments and supporting documentation to:

    College of Arts & Sciences Dean’s Office
    Ellison Hall, Room 209
    633 Elm Avenue
    Attention: Julie Hamburger

  10. Upon completion of the travel, the traveler’s academic unit will process the travel reimbursement for each approved applicant. Please save your receipts and follow your departmental staff’s instructions for documenting your travel expenses. If the real cost of travel varies from the proposal budget, only your actual documented expenses will be reimbursed, up to the award amount and after matching funds have been applied.

Note to Departmental Staff: The academic unit should submit the CAS Reimbursement Request Form (docx) along with the CAS commitment and paid supporting documentation (email approval and Commitment vs. Budget sheets) to the CAS Dean’s Office to request reimbursement. Approved funds will be available to each unit for a maximum of six months after the completion of travel.