McKnight Fellow Travel Scholarship

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Due to COVID-19 and current University travel restrictions, the McKnight Fellow Travel Scholarship has been suspended. No scholarships will be awarded until further notice. 

All students should refer to the University's travel guidelines for guidance on academic and personal travel, both domestic and international. 


McKnight Doctoral and Dissertation Fellows at the University of Miami are eligible to apply for a one-time travel scholarship of an amount up to $1,000 to present at a scholarly conference or to present and/or attend a professional meeting. Preference will be given to students who are presenting.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. McKnight Fellow is in good academic standing (minimum 3.5 graduate cumulative GPA)
  2. McKnight Fellow is making satisfactory progress towards the degree and is up-to-date on McKnight Progress Reports
  3. Travel support request is made within years 1-6 of the doctoral degree
  4. If student is requesting travel support for a scholarly conference, student must provide proof that an abstract has been accepted for presentation
  5. If student is requesting travel support for a professional meeting, student is not required to present, but may

Terms of the Award

If you are a recipient of a travel scholarship award, you will be required to provide documentation of attendance and expenses incurred related to the conference/meeting (e.g. conference/meeting agenda, receipts) in order to receive the travel support. The travel scholarship will come in the form of a reimbursement to the student upon the student's return from the conference/meeting and only after the student has submitted all required documentation needed for reimbursement.

Examples of qualifying expenses include: conference/meeting registration fees, transportation expenses, lodging expenses, meal expenses, and/or poster printing cost. The Graduate School will determine whether or not an expense qualifies for reimbursement. Please note some of the following restrictions:

  • Use of a personal automobile for travel is subject to the University's standard mileage allowance (mileage log must be provided).
  • Nightly hotel fee may not exceed $350.
  • Per diem rates enforced by the University must be adhered to. Click here for the domestic per diem rates and click here for the international per diem rates.
  • Alcohol purchases and gifts are not reimbursable.
  • The student will be reimbursed an amount up to $1,000. If the travel expenses equate to less than $1,000, the student will be reimbursed the lesser amount.

Financial Aid Policy 

Reimbursement to students who attend, speak, or present at a conference or meeting, or visit a field site or off-campus laboratory, will be considered financial aid UNLESS the travel

  • Directly supports a faculty project, research, or scholarship program;
  • Directly relates to the student's employment status at the University;
  • Is connected to activities of a University of Miami-recognized student club or organization

Click here to review the complete financial aid policy and how it may apply to you.

Application Deadlines

There will be three opportunities per calendar year for McKnight Fellows to apply for a travel scholarship. The application must be submitted and approved prior to the travel. Applicants must adhere to the application deadlines outlined below. The application must be submitted and signed by your advisor (via Dynamic Forms) by the deadline listed.

March 15 Deadline: For travel dates between April 15 and August 15

July 15 Deadline: For travel dates between August 15 and December 15

November 15 Deadline: For travel dates between December 15 and April 15

How to Request the Travel Scholarship

McKnight Fellows must complete the McKnight Fellow Travel Scholarship Application prior to the travel.