SMEA students may apply to the following travel funding opportunities at the UW. All of the following (except for the Maxson Endowment) require students to be accepted to present a paper, poster, or talk at a meeting or conference prior to applying for funding. Always check directly on the funding source’s website for the most up-to-date information and deadlines as they may change without notice.

External travel funding may allow for travel without the requirement to present, and can be searched for using the databases at the bottom of this page.

Wendy Graham Endowed Travel Scholarship

A travel scholarship for School of Marine & Environmental Affairs students presenting at a domestic or international meeting/conference. Amounts vary, and can be used for lodging, conference/registration fees, transportation, or food. Applications can be submitted throughout the year and awards will be given based on fund availability.

Apply here: Wendy Graham_Scholarship_Application

Linda J. Maxson Endowment in Marine Policy

The endowment shall be used for School of Marine & Environmental Affairs capstone students to present results of their work to a professional network. There will be up to 3 awards given in the amount of $300 ea. in the 2019-2020 academic year. Awardees will be selected based on the strength of application and availability of funds.

Apply here: Maxson Endowment in Marine Policy

College of the Environment Travel & Meeting Fund

Funding: $750 max North America/$1,000 max international travel


  • Autumn 2019: Friday, November 1, 2019
  • Winter 2020: Friday, January 24, 2020
  • Spring 2020: Friday, April 10, 2020
  • Summer 2020: June 26, 2020

Student application and guidelines are found here.

Graduate School Fund for Excellence & Innovation Graduate Student Travel Award

Graduate student travel awards are available to assist graduate students with travel fares to major national or international conferences so they may present papers or posters, or to serve as invited speakers. Funds may be used only for airfare or other forms of transportation (e.g. mileage, taxis). Funding: $300 – domestic / $500 – international

To apply for this funding, please email Tiffany Dion ( with ALL of the following information:

  • Name of conference.
  • URL for conference.
  • Travel dates.
  • Location of conference.
  • Presentation title and type (paper/poster/talk).
  • Other funding you’ve received or applied to for this trip (please include the source of funding and amount(s) received if applicable).
  • PDF copy of letter or email stating your acceptance/invitation to present at the meeting.

Please see GSFEI’s Travel Awards page for monthly deadlines (priority deadline is usually on the 1st day of the month, 2 months prior to travel month).

Graduate & Professional Student Senate Travel Grant

Funding: $300 – domestic / $500 – international

2019-20 Application open and close dates:

  • Early Fall:                  Conferences Sep 1 to Nov 16, due August 23
  • Fall:                             Conferences Nov 17 to Jan 31 (2020), due October 31
  • Early Winter:             Conferences Feb 1 to Mar 14, due January 10
  • Winter:                        Conferences Mar 15 to Apr 24, due February 21
  • Spring:                         Conferences Apr 25 to June 5, due April 3
  • Summer:                     Conferences June 6 to Aug 31, due May 15

Guidelines found here:

Info you will need for your application:

  • Budget number to use for application: please email Suanty Kaghan ( for budget number
  • SMEA Mailbox #: 355685
  • Department Contact/Advisor: Tiffany Dion (

 External Travel Funding Resources

Also, If you are not presenting at the conference you hope to attend, see if the national level or your local chapter of the sponsoring organization offers a “first time attendee” or “professional development” scholarship. Many professional and academic conferences often discounted student rates, and some may waive registration fees partially or in full if you commit to a few hours of volunteering at the conference.

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