Rackham Conference Travel Grant
U-M has updated the U-M higher risk travel designation system to add a COVID-19 Low Risk designation. SeeGlobal Michigan and theCOVID-19 Travel Plan / Safety Plan flowchart for details. With vaccine rates increasing, requirements to enter other countries becoming less restrictive, and havingPost-Departure Trip Interruption coverage through the GeoBlue study abroad travel abroad insurance plan, there is now a designation for lower risk countries-category that does not require additional travel review, such as a COVID-19 Travel Plan.
U-M International Travel Restrictions
Due to U-M International Travel restrictions, the conference travel grants for international travel will not be granted until we have all the required documents. Once you have all of the international documentation please attach it to your travel application under the “conference information and confirmation of presentation” or send copies to Rackham Finance and Fellowships at email@example.com.
For the approval of the travel grant for international travel, please submit proof of:
U-M COVID-19 Low Risk
- COVID-19 Travel Plan is not needed
- Travel registration and proof of GeoBlue Travel Abroad Health Insurance
- Any unit level requirements if applicable. See the “Requirements” page on Global Michigan for specifics.
COVID-19 Medium Risk or COVID-19 High Risk
- Complete a COVID-19 Travel Plan application at least 3 weeks before travel. (Example of a COVID-19 Travel Plan; Review Process for COVID-19 Travel Plans). Must be approved prior to travel.
- Travel Registration
- GeoBlue Health Insurance
Please see links below to access the required documents.
- Complete a COVID-19 Travel Plan for travel to a U-M COVID-19 Medium Risk or High Risk Destination
- Visit the U-M Travel Designations page to determine the status of your travel destination/s. You can see an example COVID-19 Travel Plan or Individual Safety Plan and view the U-M COVID-19 Travel Plan and Safety Plan Process for details.
- You may also wish to review Global Michigan’s Safety and Security page.
- Student travel registry and U-M Travel Abroad Health Insurance please see Global Michigan page.
The 2022-23 GeoBlue Travel Abroad Health Insurance plan (coverage dates 9/1/2022 to 8/31/2023) has not been finalized, travel health insurance beginning on or after 9/1/2022 is not available for purchase at this time. We expect the 2022-23 coverage to be available on or before 8/15/2022. If you need to purchase your insurance before this date, please contact Laurie Burchett to determine what can be arranged with GeoBlue.
The Rackham Conference Travel Grant is intended to provide opportunities for Rackham graduate students to become familiar with, and participate in the life of, their academic professions. As part of its university-wide commitment to advancing international research and training, the International Institute provides funding for 30 awards to international destinations. The remainder of the funding comes from Rackham. You must submit your applications before the first day of the conference for travel through the end of the final term of registration. The conference may occur anytime up through your final semester of registration. Applications will not be considered for retroactive funding.
The Rackham Conference Travel Grant cannot be combined with the Rackham Professional Development Grant or Rackham Graduate Student Research Grant.
Graduate students are eligible to apply for a Rackham Conference Travel Grant award if:
- The graduate student is in good academic standing in a Rackham degree-granting program.
- The student has responded to a formal call for abstracts.
- The student has been accepted to present a poster or paper at a conference.
Please note: M.F.A. Dance, Art and Design, or D.M.A. Music students are eligible for this funding to support a performance or exhibition at a conference.
Ongoing. Complete applications, including the letter of recommendation, must be received before the first day of the conference.
A student is eligible to receive one travel grant award (either domestic or international, but not both) during a fiscal year, which runs from July 1 to June 30, based on the start date of the conference.
For students who qualify for need-based financial aid (including the child care subsidy), receipt of this Rackham award may reduce the original loan amount or subsidy. Please contact the U-M Office of Financial Aid for help evaluating your individual circumstances.
- Up to $900 for the continental United States.
- Up to $1,150 for Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Europe.
- Up to $1,400 for Africa, Asia, South America, and Australia.
Students may visit the Rackham Conference Travel Grant application and submit the following:
- Recommendation from the faculty advisor or graduate chair as to how the conference participation is directly relevant to the student’s research or graduate studies.
- Copy of the confirmation of presentation (letter or email is acceptable) with the applicant’s name clearly listed as a presenter or performer to verify the student’s acceptance to participate in the conference.
- A budget regarding the amount of funding requested and a list of the specific expenses covered by the award.