The Willson Center Graduate Research Award provides support of up to $1,250 toward research‐related expenses for arts and humanities projects that are essential components of a graduate degree program. Applicants should explain the importance of their proposed activity and justify it within their field(s) of study in a context of research excellence. The Willson Center is particularly interested in fostering interdisciplinary research at the graduate level.
Application is open to any humanities and arts graduate student registered for an advanced degree. Previous Willson Center Graduate Research Award recipients are ineligible. Graduate students may be supported in travel to archives, installations and performances, and other sites related to their research projects. Applicants who give a lecture or presentation of their work at another institution during the award of this grant must recognize the Willson Center as a source of support.
Both deadlines (August and January) provide support for the current academic year. Due to COVID-19, awards will support research activity and/or research related travel (as possible) through Fall of 2021.
Travel to Conferences and Professional Meetings
Applicants who are applying for travel support to present a paper at a domestic or international conference are encouraged to direct their request to either the Graduate School or the Office of Research. Please verify details at the links as programs might be impacted or suspended due to COVID-19.
Domestic Travel Funding– Graduate students invited to present a paper at a professional meeting within the continental United States should submit a travel request through their department to the Graduate School.
International Travel Funding– Graduate Students invited to present a paper or participate at a professional meeting in a foreign destination should work with their graduate coordinator to submit a travel request for round-trip airfare support through the Office of Research.