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OUR Conference Presentation Travel Award Policy & Application

The Office for Undergraduate Research at The University of Alabama awards supplemental travel funds to undergraduate students to present at a professional society meeting, or at a regional, national, or international conference.

Students should work with their faculty research mentor to determine eligibility for available funds within their academic department or college prior to applying for funds through The Office for Undergraduate Research.

Travel awards generally range in amount ($50-$500) and will be awarded following the evaluation of the student’s application. The evaluation process may be lengthy.  Therefore, we encourage students to apply as early as possible.  

Travel awards will be dispersed through student account services and will follow the policy outlined in the following the Payments to Students Policy for The University of Alabama.

Eligibility for OUR Conference Presentation Travel Awards

  • Only undergraduates may apply for this funding (those who have graduated are not eligible).
  • Only works completed under the supervision and mentorship of a faculty member (at The University of Alabama or another accredited institution) are eligible for this funding.
    • Research outside of the University of Alabama must occur at another institution of higher education with a faculty mentor. Students who participate in summer research institutes, REUs, etc. would be eligible to apply for funding if their research meets these criteria.
  • All applicants must be listed as authors on an accepted conference presentation at the time of application for travel award funds.
    • Limit: up to two undergraduates per presentation will be able to receive funding
  • If your acceptance email/letter does not list your name, please email to discuss alternative submissions.
  • Undergraduates may only receive one travel grant from The Office for Undergraduate Research per fiscal year (October – September).
  • Awardees must attend the conference and present their work. 
  • Within a week of attending the conference, an online Qualtrics report must be submitted to share how the funds were used. All travel awardees are required to apply and participate in URCA at The University of Alabama if they have not graduated prior to the event.

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