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TIE Travel grants offset transportation costs and registration fees for Tufts students and faculty who are traveling for work or study.

These travel grants facilitate research, learning, and outreach for Tufts students and faculty. TIE is committed to diversity of disciplines, fields, and research methods in accordance with measures of excellence. All Tufts faculty and students are welcome to apply.

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Review Process

Travel grant applications will are reviewed mid-month of every month between the months of August to March. To be considered in a review period, the application must be received by the 15th of that month (if the 15th falls on a weekend or holiday then the deadline is extends to the next business day). Decisions will be announced within two weeks of the deadline. Only travel within the fall and spring semesters is eligible, i.e. September to April, and your travel must occur between 2 weeks-1.5/3.5 months from the deadline to which you apply. You may be eligible to apply within more than one deadline. If you do not receive funding within the first period to which you apply, and your travel dates remain valid, you may be re-considered in a subsequent decision period - therefore you are encouraged to apply early!

Upcoming 2020 Spring Deadlines

  • Wednesday, 15 January 2020, for travel February, March, April
  • Monday, 17 February 2020, for travel March, April
  • Monday, 16 March 2020, for travel April

Guidelines

  • 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. Staff are ineligible.
  • Eligible travel opportunities include conferences, workshops, and similar events at which interdisciplinary topics related to the environment and/or sustainability will be addressed or exchanged.
  • Applicants may be attending or presenting a paper or poster at the event. Preference will be given to individuals presenting at the event.
  • Funds can only be used to pay for transportation costs (including carbon offsets), event registration fees, and/or visa fees.
    • For air, rail and bus travel, travelers must book coach/economy fare only at the most economical rates available regardless of preferred airlines or frequent flier programs, and are encouraged to consider alternative airports to Logan to obtain better pricing. Business class will not be paid for without prior approval.
    • When available, event registration must be completed with “Early Bird” or “Student” pricing.
    • Carbon offsets may be purchased online and should use a 3rd party verified program or certified standard. Examples include: TerraPass, The Nature Conservancy via Delta Airlines, CarbonFund via JetBlue Airlines
  • 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
  • Students are encouraged to seek additional sources of funding.
  • Faculty are required to match the TIE grant with funds from their department or another department at Tufts. Personal, discretionary accounts or research grants do not qualify as applicable sources of match funding. Proof of the matching funds will be requested.
  • 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, it is good to use direct flights, stay for a longer time period on a single trip, and accomplish additional and/or more diverse activities on each trip.
  • Preference is given to individuals:
    • who have not received a TIE travel grant or other TIE funding prior
    • who are presenting at an event
    • who are attending or presenting at an event in which the main environmental theme is outside of the individual's primary area of study
    • who propose environmentally responsible travel plans
    • who have sought or secured additional sources of funding
  • If you plan to travel with a research team or another group, and are seeking funding support for multiple people in the group, each person must complete the application and indicate that the application is for group travel in this question in the application.

Additional Requirements

  • If presenting, TIE must be given recognition as a supporter.
  • Awardees must adhere to all travel policies outlined in acceptance email.
  • Awardees will be required to share photos from the event and fill out a travel completion form, the contents of which will be published on various TIE communications channels.

Selection Process

Grantees are selected based on how the proposed travel request:

  1. Contributes to interdisciplinary, environmental, academic study
  2. Aligns with the educational goals and/or career development of the applicant
  3. 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.

Questions? Contact Jill Parlee, Assistant Director for Programs, by email or at 617-627-3645.

Recent Travel Grant Recipients

For a list of some recent travel grant recipients and a description of their work, click below to navigate to the Students Page.

Rishi Bhandry

Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy '21

Rishi used a TIE Travel Grant to travel to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to complete fieldwork for his dissertation on national climate funds in Bangladesh, Brazil, Ethiopia and Indonesia. While there, he interviewed various informants from the Prime Minister's office, research institutions and development partners.

Gabriela Garcia 

Graduate School of Arts & Sciences '22

Through the Travel Grant program, Gabriela presented her research on coffee agrosystems at the Agro-ecology Conference of Latin America.

Chloe Boehm 

Undergraduate School Arts, Sciences & Engineering '18

Chloe used the TIE Travel Grant to present her research at the American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Conference. Her group presented research on tropical diseases in Costa Rica with data from direct fieldwork.

Noah Rose

Undergraduate School Arts, Sciences & Engineering '18

With the help of a TIE Travel Grant, Noah traveled to the UN COP 23 Conference in Bonn, Germany to observe climate change negotiations in action. Attending one of the largest sites of international negotiation was an invaluable experience for Noah.