Urban Network Travel Grants

Urban Network Travel Grants

The Urban Network is pleased to announce the Urban Network Travel Grants, which support graduate students conducting research into urban questions and issues.  Undergraduates, please look at Urban Network Undergraduate Fellowship Program, administered by the Chicago Studies Program. 

Who can apply?

University of Chicago graduate students from any of the university's schools, divisions, or departments are eligible to apply, as long as their research addresses urban issues or questions.  The Urban Network will give preference to PhD students, but master's students may apply as well.

What Does the Grant Support?

Urban Network Travel Grants support costs associated with research travel, including but not exclusive to airfare, ground transportation, lodging, per diem meals, and translation services.  Travel can be either international or domestic.  Grant amounts will vary, not to exceed $2500.

How Do I Apply?

There are two components to the application:

1)  A 500-1000 word Statement of Purpose (up to three pages) describing the project and the purpose of travel, its relevance to urban scholarship, and its relationship to the student's broader research agenda.  

2)  A detailed budget (see template) outlining anticipated costs; award amounts will be based on these costs, up to $2500. 

How Are Applications Evaluated?

Applications will be evaluated based on the feasibility of the budget and the strength of the Statement of Purpose.  The work must have an urban frame of reference to be considered; if you are in doubt about how "urban" your research is, please feel free to get in touch before applying to discuss whether or not this grant is right for you.

When Should I Apply?

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, with up to $10,000 in grants being given out per academic year.  Once the fund is gone, it's gone, so students are advised to apply early in the academic year.  

Because we are launching this grant program in January 2016, we have $6000 in funds available for the remainder of the 2015/2016 academic year.  The fund will renew in September 2016.

What Are the Reporting or Follow-Up Requirements of the Grant?

Upon completion of your travel, we ask that you submit a require a brief (2-page maximum) written, narrative report of the work that was supported by the travel grant.  In addition, within a year of completing your travel, you must present your research in progress to students and faculty at the CAS-sponsored Urban Workshop, which is held every other week during the school year.  

We understand that your research may still be in the early stages within a year of your Urban Network-sponsored travel; you are not obligated to present a finished project.  Rather, we hope that you will use your workshop presentation to try out new and emerging ideas with a smart and sympathetic audience of fellow students and faculty.  Students with more advanced research projects are welcome to organize a more formal presentation at the university; the Urban Network can work with you to organize and promote your presentation. 

We also request that awardees register their travel plans at traveler.uchicago.edu.  Students, staff, and faculty who register their university-affiliated travel at UChicago Traveler are automatically enrolled in UChicago's International Travel Emergency Assistance Program.  This allows the University to assist students, faculty, and staff overseas, including in emergencies or times of crisis.  Registrants also get a list of essential travel information for their specific destination, including alumni contacts and other resources.

What's the Timeline for My Travel and Presentation?

In summary, the process for grantees is as follows:

1) Within a year of receiving your grant, complete your travel.  Before traveling, register your travel plans at traveler.uchicago.edu. 

2)  Take your trip; learn a lot. 

3) Come back to Chicago and contact the Urban Network to schedule a time and venue for your presentation. 

4)  Present your work-in-progress at the Urban Workshop within a year of completing your travel.


For more information about applying for an Urban Network Travel Grant, email urban@uchicago.edu.