Online Application Forms

Supplemental Travel Funds for Junior Faculty

Now in its third year, the Junior Faculty Travel Support Program supports travel for research and professional development for junior faculty members (tenure-track faculty members who have not been awarded tenure or promotion). Junior faculty members may apply for travel funds up to $500 to support a presentation at an academic or professional conference. In response to feedback from junior faculty members, and in recognition of the particular challenges they face, this program is intended to supplement, not replace, departmental travel funding, which will remain the primary source for funding faculty travel. Thus, cost sharing by departments and/or colleges is required unless the department Chair and/or Dean certifies that all departmental/college travel funds have been exhausted; the Supplemental Travel Funds will match a department/college contribution up to $500. It is expected that 30-40 junior faculty travel awards will be made during the calendar year with three (3) submission deadlines/cycles.

Submission Deadline

Submission Deadline Priority Travel Period/Cycle Notification Deadline
September 12, 2014 October 22 - February 20 September 24
January 21, 2015 February 21 - June 19 January 30
May 15, 2015 June 20 - TBA* May 27
*The final cycle dates depend on the transition to UTRGV.


  • Maximum request: $500.00 towards travel-related costs, including registration. 
  • Evidence of acceptance for presentation of a scholarly/research paper or artistic presentation must accompany the application.
  • Documentation of travel costs (e.g. estimates from travel agencies, federal per diems, registration receipts, cost estimates from travel websites) must also be included with the application.
  • Applications submitted by the priority deadline will be screened and applicants will be notified by the Notification Deadline.
  • If the number of applications received by the priority deadline exceeds the available funding, priority will be given to applicants traveling within the priority travel period.
  • Any applicant who is denied funding in one cycle may reapply in the next cycle, assuming the travel will take place at least one month following the priority deadline.
  • Applicants may not receive more than one (1) award per funding cycle. Preference will be given to first-time applicants.
  • Awards will be made only to faculty who will be presenting or exhibiting their work at major regional, national, or international academic or professional conferences/forums.
  • Department Chairs will complete an online recommendation form, in which s/he will indicate the amount of funding pledged by the department to support the faculty member's travel. If the department has no funds available to support this request, it will be forwarded to the Dean. 
  • Once the faculty member clicks on Submit, an email will be automatically generated to the department Chair. That email will contain a link directing the Chair to complete his/her certification of the application. We encourage all applicants to inform their department Chairs in advance and to provide Chairs with information about the conference for which they are seeking funding.