Special "Opps" Travel & Research Award

The Graduate School announces its new “Special Opps” travel and research competition for awards for graduate students. The primary purpose of these competitive awards will be to help graduate students take advantage of “special opportunities” to advance or present their research. Competitive applications will be accepted for opportunities that are out of the ordinary – generally beyond the usual annual conference presentation (for which students often get financial support from their department or professional organization).  Awards will be no more than $500 and the number awarded will be limited by available funds.  The Global Studies Institute has generously agreed to partner with the Graduate School by matching Winter Term Special Opps awards for international travel. Thus, recipients whose proposals involve international travel are eligible to receive up to $1000!  The awards can be used for registration fees, travel (domestic or international), lodging, or very specific research expenses associated with one of the following: 

  • Attending a major professional conference at which the graduate student presents a scholarly paper or other professional conference presentation.
  • Attending a small specialized conference or meeting on a topic closely related to the student’s research to which the student has been invited or otherwise encouraged to attend.
  • Travel to participate in a significant professional development activity.
  • A time- or context-limited research opportunity with the potential for high impact on the graduate student’s field and personal career trajectory.


Requests for funds must be received by the 1 pm Wednesday, week eight of the term.


  • Students must have completed at least one full term and be in good academic standing.
  • The proposal must be supported by the department chair and the graduate student’s advisor.  (Department chair and graduate advisor are requested not to sponsor students who could be supported from other sources such as sponsored research grants and contracts).


Combine the following documents as a single PDF for your online application:

  • Application cover page: PDF or Word
  • A proposal describing the activity you are requesting funds for, why it is “special opportunity” and how the funds will advance your graduate research and career - limited to one page.
  • A budget for your travel which describes all expenses, other sources of funding received or applied for (departmental, discipline specific, conference support, etc...) and a requested funding amount. All expenses covered by this award must be allowable and comply with accepted University of Oregon travel policies.
  • A short vita - limited to two pages.
  • An email of support from your advisor, which should include why the funds you have requested will provide a special opportunity in your field, and your advisor’s assessment of your strengths and potential – send to byington@uoregon.edu
  • An email statement from the Director of Graduate Studies or Department Head supporting the application – send to byington@uoregon.edu

Recipients will be selected with input from the Graduate Student Advisory Board and Graduate School staff.  All applicants will be notified of the Graduate School’s decision by email.

[i] We are aware opportunities may come up over the summer and encourage students to contact us regarding an unexpected summer or fall request.


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