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Graduate Travel Grant

Each year, VCUarts awards Graduate Student Travel Grants to support invited/adjudicated presentations or performances and juried exhibitions occurring at professional conferences and/or in professional venues, within the US or internationally, both in-person and virtual.

These endeavors must be distinct from coursework, faculty-led initiatives, or travel associated with candidacy, thesis, or dissertation research.

Funding availability is as follows:

  • virtual conference presentation, virtual performance or virtual exhibit (request should include invitation or acceptance): up to $300
  • domestic travel costs associated with in-person conference presentation, in-person performance or in-person exhibit (request should include invitation or acceptance): up to $500
  • international travel costs associated with in-person conference presentation, in-person performance or in-person exhibit (request should include invitation or acceptance): up to $1,000
  • domestic shipping costs associated with in-person exhibit (request should include invitation or acceptance): up to $300
  • international shipping costs associated with in-person exhibit (request should include invitation or acceptance): up to $500

Rolling deadline: applications accepted year-round, until all available funds have been awarded.

Please submit your request at least two weeks prior to the event date.

Before applying for travel funds, refer to VCU Better Together: University-sponsored travel, the Center for Disease Control  Guidelines: Domestic Travel During COVID-19 or the Center for Disease Control Guidelines: International Travel During COVID-19 and the U.S. Department of State Travel Advisories for your intended destination.

Students may also apply for funds to attend two professional conferences within an academic year, without the requirement of exhibition, performance or presentation.

  • virtual conference attendance: up to $150
  • in-person conference attendance: up to $300

Preference will be given to applications submitted by November 1st and January 25th.


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    If applying for funds to support a conference presentation, performance or exhibition of your work, upload a document from host venue confirming your participation. A copy of email confirmation will suffice.
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