All Tufts University graduate students, undergraduate students, and faculty are eligible to apply!
Committed to diversity of disciplines, fields, and research methods in accordance with measures of excellence, TIE provides travel grants to offset transportation costs and conference registration fees for Tufts students and faculty who are traveling for work or study and are:
Presenting at environmental conferences or workshops; or
Attending environmental conferences or workshops; or
Conducting data collection for environmental research projects.
Individuals interested in applying for a travel grant should consult the guidelines and requirements below.
The grant windows for the 2018-2019 academic year are as follows:
For fall travel between September - November, the application deadline is:
Friday, 28 September 2018
For winter travel between December - February, the application deadline is:
Friday, 30 November 2018
For spring travel between March - May, the application deadline is:
Friday, 29 March 2019
There is currently no summer travel support for June - August.
TIE Travel Grants are only offered to currently active Tufts University students and faculty, and the grant must be used towards expenses that are incurred whilst the applicant is an active student or within 3 months of graduation.
Funds are only available to support travel to conferences, workshops, and data collection locations where the conference, workshop or research addresses interdisciplinary topics related to the environment and/or sustainability.
Example, acceptable types of research projects include: research for an undergraduate or Master’s thesis; data collection leading to publication(s); and, research assistanceships to Tufts students.
Preference for conference and workshop travel is given to faculty and students who are attending or presenting at a conference with the main environmental theme of the conference or workshop being outside of the individual's primary area of study and therefore interdisciplinary.
Funds can only be used to pay for transportation costs, conference registration fees, and/or visa fees.
Applicants are required to provide an explanation of how their travel request maximizes environmental impact while minimizing travel emissions costs.
For example, given that aviation is an important contributor to greenhouse gas emissions globally, it is advantageous to travel using modes other than aviation when feasible; and, when aviation is essential, to use direct flights, stay for a longer time period on a single trip, and accomplish more and more diverse activities on each trip. Short travel will still be supported, but applicants who propose environmentally responsible travel plans will be favored.
When available, conference registration should be completed with “Early Bird” or “Student” registration pricing.
Funds will be made available on a reimbursement basis.
Faculty members are required to match the TIE grant with funds from another source. Proof of the matching funds will be requested.
Funding is available up to the following amounts:
Domestic travel (within the US & territories): up to $300
International travel (outside the US): up to $500
Total TIE travel funding for any individual applicant may not exceed $500 per fiscal year, July 1 — June 30.
Preference is given to individuals that have not received a TIE travel grant or other TIE funding prior.
TIE must be given recognition as a supporter of your research or presentation.
Applicant must adhere to all travel reimbursement policies outlined in acceptance email, including (i) Submitting all original receipts and boarding passes within 7 days of completion of travel, (ii) Submitting requested personal information on travel reimbursement form.
Travel grant awardees will be required to write a blog post or a summary of the conference, workshop, or data collection experience that will be published on various TIE communications channels.
Applications are evaluated based on how the proposed travel request:
Contributes to interdisciplinary, environmental, academic study
Aligns with the educational goals and/or career development of the applicant
Maximizes environmental impact while minimizing travel emissions costs
Applicants will be notified of their application status within two weeks after the grant window closes. It is possible that notifications will be provided earlier than this.
If you have any questions, please contact Jill Parlee, Assistant Director for Programs, by email or at 617-627-3645.