SMEA students have four primary travel funding opportunities at the UW available to them from the various University resources listed below. All of the following 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.

Apply here: Wendy Graham_Scholarship_Application

College of the Environment Travel & Meeting Fund

Funding: $500 max North America/$750 max international travel


  • Fall 2017: mid-October 2017
  • Winter 2018: mid-January 2018
  • Spring 2018: late-March 2018

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:

  • Presentation title and type (paper/poster/talk).
  • Name of conference.
  • Location of conference.
  • Travel departure date.
  • Other funding you’ve received or applied to for this trip and amount(s).

Please see GSFEI’s Travel Awards page for monthly deadlines.

Graduate & Professional Student Senate Travel Grant

Funding: $300 – domestic / $500 – international

2016-17 Application open and close dates:

  • Fall deadline:                                               October 26 for travel November 10 – January 18
  • (Early cycle) Winter deadline:                 January 4 for travel January 19th – February 15
  • Winter deadline:                                         February 1 for travel February 16 – April 12
  • (Early cycle) Spring deadline:                  March 29 for travel  April 13 – May 10
  • Spring deadline:                                          April 26 for travel May 11 – August 31

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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