FUND FOR TRAVEL TO CONFERENCES:
The Award. The "Conference Matching Travel Fund" (CMTF) helps doctoral candidates present in major national or international professional conferences, or D.M.A. candidates travel to attend first performances of original musical compositions. The award may be used to cover registration, travel, and lodging expenses associated with presenting at a significant academic conference. Please note that this award does not cover participation in graduate student conferences and that students may not apply for support for conferences that take place during the summer between their first and second years. GSAS will contribute a maximum of $250, and requires that departments at least match that amount with their funds after a review of the worthiness of the proposal submitted and the significance of the conference in which the presentation will be delivered.
There is a limit of one travel award per academic year, and a maximum of two awards during a student's career at Columbia. The award is not guaranteed, and requests are considered on a first-come, first-served basis. If applications exceed available funds, students who have not received an award in previous years will have priority over those who have.
Eligibility. Applicants must be in good standing, and in years two through seven (six if granted advanced standing) since first registration in GSAS.
Deadlines. Conference Matching Travel Awards are awarded three times per year, with the following deadlines for receipt of the travel application:
3 July: For conferences held May-August
3 November: For conferences held September-December
3 March: For conferences held January-April.
Application process. Application forms can be downloaded from the GSAS web site (see link below), and once complete should be submitted to the department's ADA or financial officer. The form should be accompanied by 1) a copy of the invitation to participate or of the relevant page in the conference's program; and 2) a realistic budget estimate for expenses that will be incurred. If the conference has already taken place, the application should be submitted with original receipts.
Instructions to department. Please have the chair or DGS sign the cover sheet of the application. Complete a Travel and Business Expense Report, noting "(CMTF Grant)" next to the student's name. On the first account line list the appropriate account to be charged for the department's share of the travel grant, and forward both forms, along with the budget estimate or original receipts, to GSAS (109 Low Library) for processing.
Application for Conference Matching Travel Funds