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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.

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.

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

Application Guides and Forms:
Robberson Conference Presentation & Creative Exhibition Travel Grant
 (pdf)
Robberson Research & Creative Endeavors Grant
 (pdf)

Examples of Successful Applications:
Travel Grant Application Example #1 (pdf)
Travel Grant Application Example #2 (pdf)
Travel Grant Application Example #3 (pdf)
Travel Grant Application Example #4 (pdf)

Research Grant Application Example #1 (pdf)
Research Grant Application Example #2 (pdf)
Research Grant Application Example #3 (pdf)

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.

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

Application Form:
Robberson and Wethington Scholarship Application 
(pdf)

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.