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MGRI Graduate Student Division (GSD) Travel Awards

Sponsored by the Graduate Student Division

Would you like to get financial assistance to
travel and advance in your career?

Recognizing that one of the obstacles to career advancement is the challenge of traveling while in graduate school and doing research, the MGH Graduate Student Division within the Center for Faculty Development established the GSD Travel Awards to help you travel. This award is intended to help defray registration, transportation and accommodation costs for PhD graduate students who are currently doing research at MGH while traveling to an academic/society meeting directly related to his/her academic advancement.

*Amount is for reimbursement of incurred expenses up to a maximum of $1000. Two awards will be available for this call. A lifetime maximum of one GSD Travel Award ($1000 upper limit) per graduate student will be allowed.


Applications are now being accepted through
4:00pm on Wednesday, March 11, 2020
for travel between
May and October 2020.

Click here for the application.

Click below for details on:
- Application Guidelines
- Eligibility
- Awards Expenditure
- Information requested on application
- List of award recipients

Application Guidelines

  • The GSD Travel Awards provide funding to help make travel to an academic/society meeting directly related to his/her academic advancement possible.
  • The applicant must have plans to attend a professional meeting within the timeframe stated in the official Call for Applications
  • Students must apply in advance of the trip requiring support and may not receive support for an event that has already occurred.
  • To ensure full consideration for the award, the online application must be completed in its entirety, including submitting a copy of your CV and attestation form.
    Please note: only completed applications will be considered.
  • These awards are specifically allocated to the conference stated on your application, and may not be transferred to another academic/society meeting if you opt not to travel to the specified conference.

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  • Ph.D. students enrolled in a US or International graduate school.
  • Doing research and working at the Massachusetts General Hospital with an MGH Principal Investigator at the time of award application and conference travel.
  • Trip must be an academic/society professional meeting for the purpose of advancing the student’s career (e.g., presenting at an academic/society meeting [abstract/paper/poster] or receiving a society award/honor).
  • Winner willing to present at a MGH graduate student seminar within two months from the return date.

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Awards Expenditures

  • Awards may be used for the following:
         - Conference Registration Fees.
         - Travel and transportation expenses for a student traveling to
            approved academic conference.
         - Reasonable hotel and/or other accommodation for a student.
         - Reasonable expenses for meals during the conference.
  • Awards may not be used for the following:
         - Personal travel expenses for a student not related to approved
            academic conference.
         - Other expenses not associated with the travel expenditures
            listed above.
  • Awardees must provide original receipts and/or invoices in order to receive payment under Partners policies, and must attest that these expenses were used in accordance with above.
  • Amount of payment will not exceed $1000 of incurred expenses.
  • Forms and documentation of expenses must be submitted within 30 days of the travel return date.

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Information requested on the application

  • Demographics
  • Conference Information
  • Specifics on how attending this conference will advance your career and
    academic rank
  • Budget outlining how this award will be used (e.g., registration fees, transportation, and travel accommodation costs, etc).
  • Outline of science talk to present to MGH graduate students.
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List of Award Recipients

Travel between October 2016 and March 2017

Sam Osseiran, Department of Dermatology, Wellman Center for Photomedicine, Dr.Evans
Suzanne Wilkens, Department of Orthopaedics, Hand and Arm Center, Dr. Chen
Willem Alexander Kernkamp Department of Orthopaedics, Orthopaedic Bioengineering Lab, Dr. Guoan Li

Travel between April and September 2016

Angela She, Center for Human Genetic Research, Dr. Haggarty's Lab
Vinidhra Mani, Center for Immunology and Inflammatory Diseases, Dr. Mempel's Lab

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