Funding for Graduate Student Research

The College of Communication encourages Communication Studies and Strategic Communication graduate students to present their research to external audiences. Graduate students may apply for up to $400 from the College to help pay for expenses associated with attending a conference in order to present their TCU research. College funds are intended to be used in addition to funding provided by TCU Graduate Studies.

Limited funds are available; funding will be determined by the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Administration. Priority will be given to students who have not received a previous travel award, and students may not receive more than one award during an academic year (June 1 through May 31).

Application Information

Download and complete the travel grant application from TCU Graduate Studies.

Students need complete only one application and make a copy for the Dean’s office. College funding is intended to be in addition to funding provided by the Graduate Studies office. In other words, students should ask for the maximum amount of funding granted by the Graduate Studies office ($400 for domestic travel and $800 for international travel) and request additional funding from the College of Communication.

Examples:

  • A student plans to present research at a conference held in the U.S., for a total travel cost of $900. The student should complete the travel grant application, requesting $400 from the TCU Graduate Studies office and $400 from the Bob Schieffer College of Communication.
  • A student plans to present research at a conference in the U.S., for a total travel cost of $600. The student should complete the travel grant application, requesting $400 from the TCU Graduate Studies office and $200 from the Bob Schieffer College of Communication.
  • A student plans to present research at two conferences in the same academic year, and wishes to pursue $400 from the TCU Graduate Studies office to help with the first conference and $400 from the Bob Schieffer College of Communication for the second conference.

Please note that all applications must contain the endorsements of the Director for Graduate Studies or Department Chair from the student’s department. Submit completed application forms to Dr. Julie O’Neil, Associate Dean, Moudy South 207F.  Applicants will be notified via email of funding decisions.

Expectations

Applications must be submitted 30 days prior to travel to be considered. Proof of acceptance (email correspondence detailing your acceptance to a conference or coordination with contact persons regarding original research, conference program, presentation abstract, etc.) must be submitted with the application. Travel must be completed for funds to be disbursed.

We ask that you provide photographs of you presenting, doing researc, and/or networking while on your sponsored trip. These pictures may appear on Schieffer College’s website and social media. Please email Melvin Harrison at m.harrison@tcu.edu both a completed photo release form and your photos at the time you submit your reimbursement form. If you have already completed a photo release since joining TCU as a graduate student, you do not need to complete another one.

You must register your travel with TCU Global prior to traveling.

Reimbursement

The Travel Grants are dispersed as reimbursements (i.e., awardees receive grants after they return from travel). TCU Financial Services has implemented a new system (SAP Concur Travel) for travel and reimbursements. If you are a Student Employee, you have access to the Concur system.  Visit Concur Travel & Expense to get started. You will need to complete a Travel Request for all overnight travel before booking your travel. Please consult with your department administrative for assistance after your travel. Reimbursements must be submitted within 30 days of travel.