Special "Opps" Travel & Research Award

The Graduate School has a new Special Opps travel award for graduate students.  The purpose of this competitive award is to help graduate students take advantage of special opportunities to advance or present their research.  Competitive applications will be accepted for travel opportunities that are out of the ordinary - beyond the usual annual conference presentation.

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 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.  When completing the application, the student should identify one of the following categories and indicate why this opportunity is special.

1) Attend a 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.

2) Travel to participate in a significant professional development activity.

3) Travel to take part in a time- or context-limited research opportunity with the potential for high impact on the graduate student’s field and personal career trajectory.

4) Wild Card.  Tell us about a great travel opportunity you have been presented with we will consider it.

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


Materials should be assembled in the following order and submitted electronically as a single PDF file titled: LastNameofApplicant_FirstNameofApplicant_NameOfDegreeProgram_SpecialOPPSAward_2017-2018 and sent by the deadline to byington@uoregon.edu:

  • Application cover page: PDF 
  • A proposal describing the activity you are requesting funds for, identifying one of the categories above and providing a justification on why this is a “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.
  • A letter 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.
  • A letter from the Director of Graduate Studies or Department Head supporting the application.
  • Finally, we are aware opportunities may come up over the summer and encourage students to contact us regarding an unexpected summer request.


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.


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