Overview 

Each year the Center awards a limited number of competitive small grants up to $400 to help defray expenses related to graduate student conference travel. Last year, OSU graduate students received funding to present their humanities research at regional, national, and international conferences organized by the following professional academic associations and institutes:

International Environmental Communication Association
NE Modern Language Association
Association for Asian-American Studies  
Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association
Society for Applied Anthropology
Groupe de Recherche Identitiés et Cultures 
Association for the Study of Literature and Environment
Northwest Communication Association
The Southwest Center for Human Relations Studies’ National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education
Canadian Disability Studies Association

Graduate students in the humanities invited to present papers or posters at professional research conferences or symposia are welcome to apply. These awards are intended to supplement funds received from departments or requested from other sources. Upon notification of award, funds will be transferred to the recipient's home department or school. Recipient should speak with appropriate contacts in their department or school to initiate the travel authorization/reimbursement process. Maximum of one award per applicant, per year. 

Eligibility Criteria

  • Recipient must be enrolled in an OSU graduate research degree program (MA/MS, MFA, PhD) and be a registered graduate student when the travel takes place.
  • Student must be an invited presenter at the event for which travel support is requested.
  • Student should have previously requested funding for this conference from at least one other source (department, school, university or external organization, etc.). *Award is not contingent on receipt of additional funds, only the request of funds from an additional source.

How to Apply
At least 8 weeks before the conference, submit a letter of request (no more than one page) to centerforthehumanities@oregonstate.edu that introduces us to your work and includes:

  • details about the conference (name, date, location, etc.)
  • ​​​a short abstract or discussion of the paper to be presented at the conference
  • proof of conference invitation or paper acceptance (attach a pdf or copy/paste below email signature)
  • amount of funding requested and/or received from your school, the graduate school, or other sources (minimum of 1 additional request required) 
  • estimated amount of funding needed to cover remaining travel expenses

*Hot tip: personalized, narrative letters addressed to Center staff or "Reviewers" will be received with more enthusiasm than will generic form letters or bullet–pointed templates. Feel free to contact us (or your advisor) with any questions about style, form, or formatting. 

​​​​​​Deadline
Ongoing. Applicants will be notified of award status within one week of request.

Outcomes
Student participation in research/creative conference. Recipients will be asked to submit a short, 1–page report on activities and benefits upon return.