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Student Travel Awards

Undergraduate Student Travel Awards

PURPOSE

To assist qualified undergraduate students who have been selected/invited to perform/present at recognized conferences/festivals/competitions.

ELIGIBILITY

Undergraduate music majors and minors, who are enrolled/active and in good academic standing in the Department of Music and Dance.

CRITERIA

To make these awards in as transparent a fashion as possible, proposals for Department of Music and Dance Student Travel Awards are reviewed considering the criteria listed here.

Highest priority will be given to applicants seeking support for active involvement and meaningful participation in competitions / conferences / performances / festivals. Attendance at these events without direct and active involvement will normally not warrant funding. For example, an application from someone invited/selected to make a presentation at the Massachusetts Music Educators Association or American Musicological Society, or to perform at the Midwest Clinic or International Trumpet Guild, takes precedence over simply attending the conference.

The profile of the event is taken into consideration in deciding on funding.  Among the considerations could be the geographical scope of an event (international, national, regional); its level of competitiveness, the prestige of the sponsoring organization, and other criteria.

For music minors, the funded events must be related to music or dance and not to their primary majors.

These awards are for individuals or for groups of 3 to 6 students participating in a single event. For group submission guidelines, see "Application Process." For groups larger than 6 students, please contact the Department Chair Roberta M. Marvin by email, rmarvin@umass.edu.

Preference may be given to applicants who have not recently received a Student Travel Award.

AWARDING OF FUNDS

All funding is awarded by the Scholarship Committee with approval from the Department Chair.

Applications cannot be fully funded. Funding is intended to subsidize expenses, not to cover them in full.

Funds are disbursed only after the event. Those who have been awarded funding must provide itemized receipts* to the Department’s Business Manager within the academic year of the award (September 1 to May 1). Unclaimed award funding will be reallocated after the end of the academic year to assist other students’ travel. Only travel that takes place while a student is in actively enrolled status can be reimbursed.

Awards will normally be up to $300 for domestic travel and up to $500 for international travel per fiscal year and pending submission of acceptable receipts for expenses.

APPLICATION PROCESS

The deadline for submissions is the first day of each month, September through April. Applicants will be notified about funding by the end of the month in which an application is submitted.

Applications must be submitted as early as possible before travel occurs but absolutely no later than 30 days before travel begins. Students are advised to submit applications promptly since funding is limited.

Complete the Application found here. (Undergraduates only)

Fill out this form in its entirety, print, sign, obtain the faculty sponsor’s signature, and submit the  signed and completed form to the Chair of the committee, John Bottomley’s mailbox in room FAC 271 (2018-2019).

For group applications, each student must fill out a form. One student should be designated as the group contact and is responsible for completing a Group Coversheet found here; all forms should be submitted to the group contact, who will then submit them to the committee Chair. No group applications will be considered without full documentation (all applications and cover sheet submitted).

Intersession and summer travel awards will not be paid until students are active in SPIRE in January or September.

The application requires faculty sponsorship. The Committee reserves the right to contact the faculty sponsor and discuss the event for which the student(s) are seeking funding. 

Should you have a question, please do not hesitate to contact the Chair of the Committee.

*The Department of Music & Dance has a zero tolerance policy and will not reimburse any alcohol for students in travel status.

 


Graduate Student Travel Awards

Description/Procedure for Graduate Students coming soon!

Graduate Travel Award Request Form

Graduate students must also complete the Pre-Travel Authorization Form at the online Travel Registry. Please contact Business Manager Colleen Wetzel (545-0070, wetzel@umass.edu) if you have questions.

Undergraduate Student Travel Awards

PURPOSE

To assist qualified undergraduate students who have been selected/invited to perform/present at recognized conferences/festivals/competitions.

ELIGIBILITY

Undergraduate music majors and minors, who are enrolled/active and in good academic standing in the Department of Music and Dance.

CRITERIA

To make these awards in as transparent a fashion as possible, proposals for Department of Music and Dance Student Travel Awards are reviewed considering the criteria listed here.

Highest priority will be given to applicants seeking support for active involvement and meaningful participation in competitions / conferences / performances / festivals. Attendance at these events without direct and active involvement will normally not warrant funding. For example, an application from someone invited/selected to make a presentation at the Massachusetts Music Educators Association or American Musicological Society, or to perform at the Midwest Clinic or International Trumpet Guild, takes precedence over simply attending the conference.

The profile of the event is taken into consideration in deciding on funding.  Among the considerations could be the geographical scope of an event (international, national, regional); its level of competitiveness, the prestige of the sponsoring organization, and other criteria.

For music minors, the funded events must be related to music or dance and not to their primary majors.

These awards are for individuals or for groups of 3 to 6 students participating in a single event. For group submission guidelines, see "Application Process." For groups larger than 6 students, please contact the Department Chair Roberta M. Marvin by email, rmarvin@umass.edu.

Preference may be given to applicants who have not recently received a Student Travel Award.

AWARDING OF FUNDS

All funding is awarded by the Scholarship Committee with approval from the Department Chair.

Applications cannot be fully funded. Funding is intended to subsidize expenses, not to cover them in full.

Funds are disbursed only after the event. Those who have been awarded funding must provide itemized receipts* to the Department’s Business Manager within the academic year of the award (September 1 to May 1). Unclaimed award funding will be reallocated after the end of the academic year to assist other students’ travel. Only travel that takes place while a student is in actively enrolled status can be reimbursed.

Awards will normally be up to $300 for domestic travel and up to $500 for international travel per fiscal year and pending submission of acceptable receipts for expenses.

APPLICATION PROCESS

The deadline for submissions is the first day of each month, September through April. Applicants will be notified about funding by the end of the month in which an application is submitted.

Applications must be submitted as early as possible before travel occurs but absolutely no later than 30 days before travel begins. Students are advised to submit applications promptly since funding is limited.

Complete the Application found here. (Undergraduates only)

Fill out this form in its entirety, print, sign, obtain the faculty sponsor’s signature, and submit the  signed and completed form to the Chair of the committee, John Bottomley’s mailbox in room FAC 271 (2018-2019).

For group applications, each student must fill out a form. One student should be designated as the group contact and is responsible for completing a Group Coversheet found here; all forms should be submitted to the group contact, who will then submit them to the committee Chair. No group applications will be considered without full documentation (all applications and cover sheet submitted).

Intersession and summer travel awards will not be paid until students are active in SPIRE in January or September.

The application requires faculty sponsorship. The Committee reserves the right to contact the faculty sponsor and discuss the event for which the student(s) are seeking funding. 

Should you have a question, please do not hesitate to contact the Chair of the Committee.

*The Department of Music & Dance has a zero tolerance policy and will not reimburse any alcohol for students in travel status.

Graduate Student Travel Awards

Description/Procedure for Graduate Students coming soon!

Graduate Travel Award Request Form

Graduate students must also complete the Pre-Travel Authorization Form at the online Travel Registry. Please contact Business Manager Colleen Wetzel (545-0070, wetzel@umass.edu) if you have questions.