Environmental Graduate Student Travel Awards

Environmental Graduate Student Travel Awards provide up to $500 in travel funding for graduate students engaged in interdisciplinary environmental research to present their work at academic or professional conferences or to travel for fieldwork in support of research. The purpose of this grant is to promote the professional achievement of graduate students, especially their ability to compete for other grants, and help advance their research.  Environmental research is defined broadly to include work on issues such as water, climate, biodiversity, pollution, energy, urban or food sustainability, and environmental health in the natural and social sciences, professional fields such as law and business, as well as engineering and public health. 

Timing: Awards are allocated twice per year as funding permits. (Please note: there will not be travel funds available for Spring 2017.)

Eligibility: Graduate students in good academic standing who are enrolled (i.e. paying student service fees) in a graduate or professional degree program at the University of Arizona at the time of application and at the time of travel. For travel to a meeting, applicant must have already been accepted to present a paper or poster or otherwise be a speaker at the event.

Applicants are eligible to receive one Environmental Graduate Student Travel Award per fiscal year (beginning July 1).

View previous winners here.



  1. Proposal Coversheet (download a fillable PDF file here)
  2. One-page letter explaining why it is important to participate in the meeting or fieldwork (e.g. how it will contribute to your professional development and research)
  3. Abstract of your research you will be presenting at the meeting, or summary of your fieldwork goals
  4. Detailed budget showing all anticipated costs. NOTE: The maximum award will be $500; please explain how you will cover other expenses.
  5. Combine all of this information into ONE PDF FILE for submission.
  6. Letter of recommendation from a UA faculty member - emailed separately and directly to IE Senior Program Coordinator, Tina Gargus.


Applications are submitted electronically to Tina Gargus, Senior Program Coordinator at tinagargus@email.arizona.edu.


An interdisciplinary panel of UA faculty/staff will review the proposals. Partial or full funding will be awarded at the discretion of the panel. Review criteria will include the strength of the proposal (e.g. impact on the students’ career, on scholarship in general, and/or environmental science and policy), interdisciplinary commitment, faculty recommendation, and financial need.