Travel Grants

The Division provides some travel grants, awarded in division-wide competitions. The Research Travel Grants support dissertation research-related travel by advanced graduate students.  One grant of up to $5,000, and a number of grants up to $2,500 but most smaller, are awarded each year. The awards are designed to help defray the costs of travel for students who have a specific research goal critical to their dissertations. Advanced students in any of the Social Sciences Ph.D. programs may apply. To be eligible for consideration, a student must have been admitted to Ph.D. candidacy by the tenure of the grant, and preferably by the time of application.


Awards are funded by the Overseas Research Travel Grant Fund, the Orin Williams Fund, the Agnes and Nathan Janco Travel Grant Fund, and the Renck Memorial Award Fund. The Agnes and Nathan Janco Travel Grant is made possible by a gift from Joel Janco in honor of Agnes and Nathan Janco in recognition of their love of travel and exploration, their compassion for others, and implacable dedication to science and the arts. The Renck Memorial Award provides $1,000 for a student(s) in Anthropology, Human Development, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology who is engaging in qualitative research related to the media.


Applications are announced in early spring and usually due in early May.


Associate Dean of Students Kelly Pollock is available to provide detailed information about Divisional competitions.  UChicagoGRAD can provide assistance identifying and applying for internal and external travel and research grants.