The Department strongly encourages all graduate students to attend and present papers at professional conferences before they go on the job market. This kind of experience is invaluable for professional development. To this end, the Department provides funding to all PhD students for travel to conferences: $1,200 in a personal fund, which can be used either for attending or presenting at conferences, and $2,000 in a supplementary fund, which is restricted to support for invited presentations at a conference, workshop, or event. Expenses covered by these funds include airfare, transport costs to hotel and airport, lodging, and conference fees. Meals are not covered. Students must submit all receipts and documentation of the conference attended to receive reimbursement. Because they are intended to enhance students' professional qualifications, experience, and contacts so that they will be more competitive when they go on the market, these funds are not available to subsidize student travel to APA conferences in which they are being interviewed for jobs.
Funding is available from Department sources only after alternative sources of travel support have been exhausted, including Rackham travel funds (for students who are presenting papers) and travel funds attached to fellowships. However, with the approval of the Director of Graduate Studies, students may defer using their Rackham travel funds for a more expensive conference later in the year.
Students may apply for travel funds by petitioning the Director of Graduate Studies, with a cc to the Graduate Coordinator, providing:
- documentation of the opportunity for which expenses are requested (including the conference name, date, and location),
- an estimated budget of expenses (including the amount of funding requested from the personal and/or supplementary fund), and
- a declaration that they have exhausted their Rackham funding opportunities and any other opportunities for which they are eligible.