Conference Travel Grants & Awards

Competitive Travel Grants for Conference Presentations

  • Arts & Humanities Graduate Research Small Grant. The Graduate Research Small Grants Program is designed to enhance opportunities for graduate students in Arts & Humanities to conduct research by offering supplemental financial support of up to $500 on a competitive basis. Multiple awards: 2014, 2013.
  • Edward J. Ray Travel Award for Scholarship and Service. The Edward J. Ray Travel Award for Scholarship and Service encourages and enables graduate students across the university to participate in professional conferences, giving substantial weight to the applicant’s service to his/her department, the university, and the surrounding community. Multiple awards: 2015, 2013, 2012.
  • Northeast Modern Language Association Student Travel Award. The NeMLA graduate student travel awards is open each year to M.A. and Ph.D. students who have been accepted to present at NeMLA Convention.  Our evaluation is based on a set of criteria, including the quality of the student’s abstract, the relevance of her topic in her respective fields, the funds available from the student’s university, and the travel distance to the Convention. Multiple awards: 2013, 2012.
  • Shakespeare Association of America Graduate Student Travel Award. Dissertation-candidate members of the SAA are encouraged to apply for travel awards to attend the Annual Meeting. Preference is given to students whose research will be most enhanced by seminar participation. Multiple awards: 2015, 2012.
  • Society for the Study for Early Modern Women Graduate Travel Grant. The Society for the Study of Early Modern Women has a limited number of travel grants available for graduate students who wish to attend its annual business meeting at the Sixteenth Century Society and Conference.  Multiple awards: 2012, 2011.


The M. Rick Smith Memorial Graduate Student Essay Prize for the essay “Base Excrement of Earth: The Paradox of Early Modern English Perfume.”

Instituted in memory of Dr. M. Rick Smith of Kent State-Trumbull, these prizes have been established to recognize outstanding work by students presenting their papers at the Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference. A prize in the amount of $100 will be awarded to both the winning undergraduate and graduate paper. Essays will be judged on their 1) contribution to the scholarly conversation, 2) engagement with secondary sources, and 3) clarity of writing and presentation. Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference, Cleveland, OH, 2013.


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