Travel Awards

Graduate students are encouraged to present their work at conferences and, when warranted, to conduct research at other institutions as part of their professional training.

Conference Travel Funding

The two main sources of funding for graduate students who are presenting papers at conferences are the University of Saskatchewan Student Travel Award and the Department of English Graduate Student Travel Award. Generally, students apply for both in order to subsidize conference travel costs.

  1. The Department of English Graduate Student Travel Award. Students registered in an English graduate degree program through the Department of English may be awarded $300.00 CAD to offset conference travel expenses in each academic year of their program (1 July-30 June). Applications for subsequent travel awards within the same academic year will be reviewed and amounts allocated according to the availability of funds. To apply for funding, which takes the form of a reimbursement, submit an application in the form of an email to the Graduate Chair, Dr. Ann Martin for approval. Your application must include the following information:

    • title of conference
    • conference location and dates;
    • title of your conference presentation;
    • budget of projected expenses (registration fees, transportation, accommodation, food; for food, there are standard University per diem rates);
    • why this conference is relevant to your project/thesis/dissertation;
    • a copy of the acceptance letter (or e-mail from the conference).

  2. The University of Saskatchewan Student Travel Award is $200 - $1,000, depending on destination and purpose of travel. Funding is provided on a first-come, first-served basis to eligible applicants until Student Travel Award funds have been fully expended. Activities will not be funded retroactively. The purpose of this fund is to provide financial assistance to undergraduate and graduate students to enable them to participate in:

    • academic-related conferences,
    • academic competitions,
    • U of S Study Abroad,
    • and other university activities.

    The deadline for Student Travel Award applications is one month before the estimated start of the conference, event or other activity but you are welcome to submit your application as soon as you have all the required supporting documents. For further information, contact

Upon the granting of a Travel Award, you will be asked to submit a Travel Request through Concur. Please save all receipts and documentation: conference registration fee receipts, boarding passes, electronic air-travel receipts, local travel receipts (shuttle, taxi, subway, bus travel to and from airports), hotel receipts. On your return, submit your receipts to and include the email indicating the Graduate Chair’s approval.

Research Travel Funding

Dr. Edward McCourt Memorial Award

The Dr. Edward McCourt Memorial Award in English is open to graduate students in the Department of English. To be eligible, students must submit a statement and brief budget outlining their travel and/or material costs connected to preparation of their thesis or dissertation. The deadline for receipt of the application is 15 January. Selection is based on the merits of the submitted statement, as determined by the Department of English Graduate Committee. For more information, contact