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Supplemental International or Off-Shore* Conference Travel Grant

The Center provides financial support to faculty whose primary or current research requires costlier travel outside of the continental United States in order to participate in standard collegial and collaborate venues relevant to said faculty member’s work.

*Off-shore includes Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico, etc.

This grant is to supplement funding for standard academic conferences that college-distributed travel grants support.

Grants are currently capped at $1,000. Recipients may apply for one such grant per year. (This is separate from a research grant utilized for travel to an international or off-shore destination and does not render the recipient ineligible to apply for such a grant.)


The Board will meet on the first Friday of each month in the Fall and Spring semesters. Please submit funding requests one week in advance of any given meeting, to ensure consideration. In general, requests for retroactive funding will not be considered, but faculty may inquire with the Director if extenuating circumstances arise.   



  • Proposed travel must be germane to the applicant’s primary area of research and/or a significant growing area of research for which conference participation is crucial (application must demonstrate this).
  • Must be used in conjunction with a grant from faculty member’s home college typically used for standard academic travel.

Applicants are encouraged to contact the Center for International Services and Programs to inquire about support for acquiring visas and other international travel document.

Applicants are encouraged to explore the possibility of separate domestic and international airline tickets, when possible, as a cost-saving mechanism.

Managing Expeditures

The Center for the Humanities requires funding recipients and Center-supported program/event organizers to observe Drake University accounting guidelines. The University's tax-free status depends upon uniform observance of these guidelines. Expenses incurred in contravention of these guidelines will not be reimbursed. For more information, please read our grant management page.


Recipients of funding from the Center for the Humanities are asked to provide reports on the impact and effect of the activities funded.

Acknowledging the Center

The Center’s support must be acknowledged in the published work and, when possible, in announcements, presentations, and publicity materials connected to it. Please see the ackowledgements page for examples of appropriate formulations of acknowledgment.


To apply, please email your application and CV as attachments to The first two items in all applications should be (1) the amount requested and (2) the budget breakdown for the amount requested. We will also eagerly read about your project's details, timeline, and its importance to the Humanities at Drake and beyond, but we can only approve requests that include a total amount requested and a budget breakdown. 

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