The Graduate School Student Travel Grant has three application cycles per year for travel:

  • The application for travel occurring September 1 - December 31 will be open Aug. 16 12:01am - Aug. 18 11:59pm MST.
  • The application for travel occurring January 1 - April 30 will be open Dec. 12 12:01am - Dec. 15 11:59pm MST.
  • The application for travel occurring May 1 - August 31 will be open Apr. 11 12:01am - Apr. 14 11:59pm MST.
    • Applications are only open and available during the time period listed. 

The Graduate School offers partial funding for CU Boulder graduate students traveling outside the state of Colorado to present their own research or work at a conference, meeting, or similar event. These travel grants provide $450 to students traveling within the Unites States, Canada, or Mexico, and $700 to students traveling outside the Unites States, Canada, or Mexico. 

Please note this grant is treated like a fellowship and will be reported to the Office of Financial Aid, therefore, please be aware that receiving this grant may affect your student loan package. 

If a travel grant application is approved, funds will be applied directly to the student's university account after the dates of travel have passed and proof of travel has been submitted. Please be aware that students must be enrolled during the term that the travel occurs or the funds will applied to the next term. If the student's bursar account balance is zero, a refund via direct deposit will be issues to the student. If the account balance is not zero, the funds will go toward covering any balance. This grant is contingent on continued funding by the Graduate School.


  • The applicant must be enrolled full-time as a graduate student and in good academic standing.
  • The applicant must be enrolled in a Graduate School degree program; Continuing Education, Law, and MBA students are not eligible. 
  • Masters students may receive travel funding once during their academic studies, and doctoral students may receive travel funding twice during their academic studies. 
  • The applicant must be traveling outside the state of Colorado. 
  • The applicant must be traveling to a meeting, conference, or similar event to present their own research or work in which they are the primary author. 
  • An applicant receiving significant funding (over $1,000 for travel within the United States, $1,250 for travel to Canada or Mexico, and $2,000 for international travel not including Canada or Mexico) from an outside source (fellowship, stipend, scholarship, grant, departmental travel grant) is not eligible.  

Required Elements

Here are the required elements on the application:

  • Student ID number and contact information
  • Conference name
  • Location of conference
  • Dates of conference
  • Reason for travel
  • Department travel liaison contact information
  • Academic Advisor contact information
  • Applicant must confirm that they have received their advisor’s approval for the travel
  • Supporting documents showing that they will be presenting at this conference, meeting, or similar event (acceptance letter/email, program, abstract, etc.) 

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All students and faculty planning research- and education-related travel over the coming months should consult the university’s guidelines and recommendations