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

Some examples of travel grants and are:

  • Presenting at environmental conferences or workshops; or
  • Attending environmental conferences or workshops; or
  • Collecting data for environmental research projects

Committed to diversity of disciplines, fields, and research methods in accordance with measures of excellence, these travel reimbursement grants facilitate research, learning, and outreach for Tufts students and faculty. 

All Tufts faculty and students are welcome to apply for Travel Grants through TIE. 


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
  • For summer travel between June - August, the application deadline is:
    • Friday, 31 May 2019


  • 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.

Additional Requirements

  • 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.

Selection Process

Applications are evaluated and 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.