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Ph.D. Student Development Funding


The Department of Economics provides funds for PhD student development. Funds can be used for travel to present original work in academic and professional conferences or to support research.

Funding decisions are based on whether the proposed activity will advance the student’s dissertation research and the mission of the Department. Priority is given to students who are making satisfactory progress in the program.

The Department may reimburse allowable expenses, including association membership fees when required for conference participation. Funds may also be used to support research in other ways (e.g. to purchase data). We do not generally support requests for computer hardware/software or to present in a poster session.

The maximum reimbursement is $350 per student per academic year. Once the funds are exhausted, no additional applications will be accepted.



For travel funds, apply only after your paper has been accepted at a conference or event. For full consideration, please apply as soon as your paper is accepted. Applications will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis, so it is in your interest to apply for funds as soon as your work has been accepted.


Application Process

Email the following to Darren Lubotsky and with Gwen Fullenkamp copied on your message. Additionally, please ask the Chair of your dissertation committee to email Darren indicating their support for the application.

  1. The title of the project.
  2. If you are requesting travel funds: list the conference, location, and date. Also include evidence of acceptance of research for presentation (e.g., acceptance letter/email).
  3. If you are requesting research funds, explain what you need funds for and why this is important for your project.
  4. Proposed budget. Include all expected expenses, even if they are larger than the $350 award maximum.
  5. Brief description of the research and how it fits into your dissertation and professional development (no more than one paragraph).