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Mini Grants and other scholarships

Mini-Grants are awarded to students presenting their studies outside of UVM. Graduate students can receive up to $300 in travel and conference reimbursement from the Graduate College. Mini-Grant applications may be submitted at any point prior to the travel for which funding is requested. GSS meets to review applications one week after the application deadline.

The 2015 - 2016 application deadlines are as follows:

Conference/Meeting Date
Application Deadline

September 2015 - January 2016
September 25, 2015

February - May 2016
January 22, 2016

June - September 2016
April 29, 2016

The Mini-Grant program encourages and supports graduate student travel to present student research at academic conferences or professional meetings. Two general guidelines pertain to all applications:
  • A match of at least 50% of the amount requested must be provided from the applicant's department or program (e.g., if $300 is requested, the minimum match is $150).
  • Efforts will be made to utilize the avaliable funds to support as many requests as possible.

Additional Guidelines:

Applications must be made following the forms above. They must include, in addition to the forms, an abstract of the paper/poster, a copy of the meeting announcement (or similar), and a copy of the applicant's curriculum vitae. Additional materials may be attached where deemed appropriate by the applicant. Requests that do not include all required materials will not be considered.

  • Applicants must be presenting a poster/paper at the conference.
  • Priority wil be given to first time applicants (within the past year).
  • Applicants may receive up to one award per year (if you receive an award in the fall, you should not apply in the spring).
  • Applicants must be the first author on the presentation.
  • For panel presentations, only $200 total for whole group (i.e. you may submit one application and the group will be eligible to receive up to $200 for the trip).
  • All materials must be included with the initial application as described in the directions (including a chart string for matching funds). Incomplete applications will not be considered.

The Mini Grant Experience

Check out these stories from recent mini-grant recipients:

"Thank you to the Graduate Student Senate for providing support as I travelled to Kansas City (home of BBQ) in July (it was hot!) to present a portion of my dissertation research at the Annual Conference of the Society for Nutrition Education. Having been steeped in quantitative research methods from my Masters experience here at UVM, this was my first opportunity to present a portion of my qualitative research focused on school nutrition directors. Being a part of a poster presentation format really allows you to have more in-depth conversations about your work with graduate students, researchers, and professionals from around the country and globe. I was fortunate to attend a small workshop with the editors of the Societys professional journal (The Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior) to learn how qualitative research is reviewed for publication. This was a particularly valuable experience since I intend to submit a qualitative paper to the journal for publication later in the year. Thank you GSS."

"The Gordon Research Conference-Mechanisms of cell signaling was the most ideal conference for my field of research because it deals with unfolding the interconnectedness of different cellular signaling cascades. This conference allowed scientists and prospective Post-Doctoral candidates like me, to gain a better understanding of the molecular concepts and model systems of crucial signaling pathways related to human diseases like cancer. Interaction with experts and future post-doctoral mentors in the field of signaling proteins helped me obtain new insights in my research. Attending this conference inspired me to explore the other possible answers to my question and open doors for my career as a Post-Doctoral fellow. Therefore, Gordon Research Conference - Mechanisms of cell signaling served as a great platform for me to expand my horizons for understanding the Ras-signaling pathway and its novel downstream targets. This was my only chance to present the two chapters of my doctoral dissertation, receive the criticism from the signaling experts and work with it during my defense presentation. I want to thank The Mini grant committee and the GSS for providing me with the travel grant to attend this important conference."

Questions or concerns?

Contact the Graduate College at or 802-656-3160.

Need more funding info?

Click here for a funding guide from the Graduate College.

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