Travel Funds

Research Presentation Travel Award

Students who are accepted to present original clinical, basic science or educational scholarship (usually in the form of an oral presentation or poster) at a regional, national, or international meeting will be considered for a Special Needs research travel award upon submission of an application for such funding.

Points to keep in mind:

  • The research must have been conducted while a student at the University of Michigan Medical School.
  • You must be enrolled at UMMS at the time of the conference.
  • You must be the primary presenter (e.g. lead author on poster).
  • Only one award per presentation (i.e. if co-presenting, only one is eligible).
  • If the research was done through the Student Biomedical Research Program (SBRP), you must apply for assistance through them first. If funding is unavailable or is limited, you may apply to the Special Needs program for the difference.
  • Only one travel award of this type will be offered each academic year.
  • The maximum award in grant funds is $1000 for presentations made beginning with the 2016-17 academic year. If approved expenses exceed the maximum grant allowance, long-term low-interest institutional loans are available to cover the additional need.
  • Eligible expenses include conference registration, transportation costs, lodging and meals.
  • Please explore alternative funding mechanisms such as the department with which your research was done, the PI for grant support.
  • Funds are generally awarded after travel has occurred. Funds are advanced only if waiting until the expenses have been incurred would cause an extreme hardship.
  • Application and supporting documentation must be submitted no later than 45 days after travel occurs.

To apply for funding, submit:

  • Your Special Needs application.
  • A letter of acceptance or invitation to participate in the meeting/conference.
  • Receipts for your expenses (transportation, lodging, conference registration, etc.).

Effective January 1, 2017, participation on panels, train-the-trainers, or workshops will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis by the Associate Dean's Office.

Conference Travel

Long term University Loan funding is available to students traveling to conferences as attendees, rather than presenters.

Submit a Special Needs application and document your expenses.

M4 Individually Arranged Clerkships (Domestic and International)

Funding is available to help pay for expenses students may incur during an approved rotation or clerkship away from U-M and its affiliated hospitals. Deadline: December 1 of M4 year.

To apply for funding, submit:

  • Your Special Needs application.
  • Your letter of invitation and/or acceptance to the clerkship.
  • A brief statement explaining why you want to participate in the clerkship.
  • Receipts to document your expenses (transportation, housing, VSAS fees, etc.)

Note: The clerkship must be approved for credit in order to be eligible for funding.

Up to $500 is available for approved domestic clerkships (within the continental U.S.), and up to $1,000 for approved international clerkships.

Only one domestic and one international clerkship will be funded per student applicant.

Advance funding, if sought, will be granted based on your estimated expenses. If your request is funded, you’ll need to submit documentation of your clerkship expenses within 4 weeks of your return to the Medical School.

Humanitarian Outreach or Medical Relief Mission

Funding up to $500 in loans is available to students who participate in humanitarian outreach or medical relief missions, including alternative breaks.

You’ll need to submit documentation of your expenses, such as airfare, accommodations and food, as well as a description of the program or effort you’re joining.

Students are also encouraged to check with the Global REACH program for any additional funding for these types of expenses.