Food Innovation Center

Collaborating for a healthier, hunger-free world.

Graduate Student Travel Awards

The Food Innovation Center continues a successful travel award to graduate students who advance research projects consistent with the FIC mission. The awards provide up to $500 for travel to national or international professional meetings. We require a minimum 1:1 match. Students in business, social science, arts, or humanities working on food issues are encouraged to apply. FIC anticipates funding up to ten awards for academic year 2014-15.


  1. The project must be consistent with the FIC mission and incorporate a component directly related to food research, outreach or teaching.
  2. Applicant must be a graduate student (master’s or doctoral) advised by a current (as of 12/1/2014) FIC faculty member.
  3. Anyone who received travel funding from FIC in the past year is not eligible.
  4. Include an email or letter signed by a faculty advisor stating the source of a 1:1 or greater match.  The match may not be personal funds from the student.  
  5. We do not reimburse expenses that predate the application.
  6. A copy of an accepted abstract for an oral or poster presentation is required. Students may apply while awaiting acceptance.
  7. All expenses must comply with university travel guidelines

Application Deadlines

The Graduate Student Travel Awards are accepted on a rolling basis. Please submit your application at least 6 weeks before your intended travel.


To apply, please send the following items below  to in a SINGLE MS Word or PDF file with 12 point font, single spaced 1 inch margins:

  1. Call for abstracts for the conference, including location and dates.
  2. Letter of support from advisor indicating matching amount and source.
  3. Abstract of proposed presentation plus documentation of acceptance or indicate if pending.
  4. Curriculum vitae (maximum of two pages).
  5. Budget using this template:


Request from FIC

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Graduate Student Travel Awards to date

2015 Awards
2014 Awards
Summer 2013

Spring 2013
Summer 2012
Spring 2012