Office of Student Research

Conference Travel Scholarship

Truman’s Office of Student Research offers a $500 travel scholarship for students presenting the results of their research, scholarship, and creative activities at professional meetings and conferences. The purpose of this scholarship is to aid in the dissemination of student research, promote networking opportunities, and increase student participation in conferences. The Office of Student Research encourages students to pursue funding for discipline-specific conferences and undergraduate research conferences, such as NCUR. Following the conference presentation, students are required to complete a report about what they did and learned at the conference.


To be eligible for funding, you must be a currently enrolled, full-time Truman undergraduate or graduate student. You must have completed or be currently involved in a faculty-mentored research experience and plan on presenting at the conference. Students can only receive one OSR Travel Scholarship during the course of their academic career at Truman.

Application requirements

  1. Conference details, including the name and location of the conference
  2. A copy of your abstract, including the title and authors
  3. A letter of support from your faculty mentor explaining the nature of the meeting and why it’s appropriate for you to attend this meeting

Selection criteria: Students will be selected from each school via a lottery system. A minimum of 1 student from each school will be selected per call. If funding is available for more than 5 students, then all students will be put in a general pool for selection.

Allowable expenses

The $500 scholarship can be used to cover the following expenses:

  • Conference registration
  • Transportation to the conference and hotel (airfare, mileage, shuttles, etc.)
  • Hotel expenses
  • Meals

See Truman’s Travel Reimbursement Policy (PDF) for a detailed overview of allowable expenses.

Reimbursements must be completed and submitted within 1 month from the date of presentation or by June 30th, whichever is sooner

Application deadlines

Fall Funding

Funding for conferences held July-December

Application deadline: March 27, 2023

Spring Funding

Funding for conferences held January-June

Application deadline: December 1, 2023

*These dates are tentative and subject to change. For the official deadlines, please refer to the Call for Proposals.

Submit Your Conference Travel Scholarship Application