Travel Grants

Janelle Downing (15) presents her research on economic barriers to gender confirming health care at the Fenway Institute.

Janelle Downing (15) presents her research on economic barriers to gender confirming health care at the Fenway Institute.

The PhD Program strongly encourages students to take advantage of opportunities for professional development by submitting papers or posters for presentation at health policy, health services research and related conferences. Students whose research is accepted for conference presentation will be eligible to apply for up to $500 in travel grant funding from the program. The number and size of awards each year will depend on the number of applications and available funds. A fund from Ph.D. program alumni donations specifically for student travel have been established.


  • Ph.D. students will be eligible to receive a Health Policy Ph.D. Program travel grant once per academic year.
  • Applicants must be enrolled in the program in good standing at both the time of application and time of the conference.
  • Priority will be given to oral presentations over posters, and to conferences most central to health policy and health services research (e.g. AcademyHealth, Population Association of America, Academy of Management).
  • The student must be the primary presenter (not co-author).
  • If conference organizers have not yet announced acceptances at the time of the travel grant application deadline, students should apply for the grant anyway. If the abstract is not accepted then the funds may be applied toward funding for another conference or toward assisting at AcademyHealth conference exhibit table (up to 2 student assistants).
  • Approved expenses include: reasonable transportation, lodging, food, and conference registration fees.
  • Students must also apply for other campus travel funds for which they are eligible (in order to maximize funds available for Ph.D. students, travel awards may be reduced by the amount received from these other awards), including:

– AAVPG – Academic Opportunity Fund
– The Graduate Assembly Travel Award
– Graduate Division Conference Travel Grants

Travel request applications must include

• Conference title, date, and location.
• Title and abstract of accepted (or pending) presentation, and whether oral or poster.
• Proposed budget (including estimated expenses, and amounts requested from the Ph.D. program and other sources).
• Details on other campus travel funding sources to which student has applied (or reasons why ineligible if have not applied for the Graduate Division or Graduate Assembly awards), including source, award amount and decision date.

Application deadlines

Applications must be emailed to the Program Manager by the following deadlines (rolling decisions can also be made for earlier applications if necessary):

  • October 1 for November-February travel
  • February 1 for March-June travel
  • June 1 for July-October travel


Academy Health Annual Research Meeting; held in June each year.  The call for abstracts opens in late fall.  Students should initiate discussions early on with faculty to get advice on abstract preparation.

Other popular conferences for PhD students include: