Requests for Funds

The Department of Americans Studies will be handling requests for funds for research and to travel to conferences differently than in the past. This change will be effectively immediately.

Dear Graduate Students,

The Department of Americans Studies will be handling requests for funds for research and to travel to conferences differently than in the past. This change will be effectively immediately. All students will be allowed to access up to $1500 in total from the American Studies Research and Conference Travel funding pool over the course of your graduate career. Any individual request will be limited to $500. Because these funds are limited, we continue to encourage you to apply for outside sources of funds as often as possible and to rely on this funding only when you are unable to secure outside funding. Good sources for outside funding include conference organizations and "best paper" competitions. Also, here are some University web sites that may offer conference travel funding:
http://www.gapsa.umn.edu/grants/travel.htm
http://www.cogs.umn.edu/awards.html
http://www.grad.umn.edu/current_students/funding/
http://gwss.umn.edu/graduate/scholarships.htm
http://www.international.umn.edu/funding/travelgrant/application.php

Please note: because we are dealing with a new financial system, we may have to slightly adjust the process for requesting access to funds. However, we have prepared a process (attached) for accessing conference travel funds because we know that many of you are traveling to present papers soon. We are working on a process for research funding, and will send that out to everyone soon. Our plan allows you to request funding as soon as the criterion for each allocation is met - you do not have to wait for a specific call.

If you have any questions about the new process, or feedback on how the process is working, please let Colleen know so that we can re-examine it. If you have any other questions or concerns, please contact me.

Sincerely,

Elaine

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Request to Access Conference Travel Funds
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CONFERENCE TRAVEL FUNDS: You may apply for travel to a scholarly conference to present a paper. The total funding available to you is limited to $1500 from the American Studies conference travel and research funding pool, and the maximum allowance to attend any one conference is $500. Students may apply for more than one conference, but additional awards will be made only if the maximum award has not been claimed. We expect, as is professionally appropriate, that no one gives the same paper at more than one conference. Criteria for conference travel funding:
1) are traveling to present research at a conference and have proof of acceptance
2) are in good standing
3) have not exceeded $1500 in total funding from the conference travel and research funding pool

In order to apply for conference travel funds please submit an application in hard copy to Marie Milsten Fiedler -- 104 Scott Hall -- including the following information:

1. Name, adviser and Student ID#
2. Conference Attending (include where and when)
3. Paper Title and paragraph synopsis
4. Amount requested (not to exceed $500)
5. ATTACH Proof Of Acceptance


If you have any questions, please contact the DGS Assistant Marie Milsten Fiedler, Phone: 612/626-9590, FAX: 612/624-3858, Email: m-fied@umn.edu

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