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A. H. Ismail Interdisciplinary Doctoral Research Travel Award

Deadline: Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Program Description

The A.H. Ismail Interdisciplinary Program Doctoral Research Travel Award competition provides funds to assist students in the presentation of their doctoral research at a national or international conference.


Any student who will participate in a conference during the period from January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018 is eligible to apply. Students who have received this award in previous years may compete, but they will receive lower priority for receiving awards.

Application Process

Students must submit a copy of the following by uploading it to Blackboard Vista as one pdf file. View the Submission Guidelines on the Graduate School Website for all the details on how to load your application.

  1. Cover page which should include your name, email address, last 5 digits of PUID, projected semester for completion of Ph.D., name of major professor, title of presentation, name, date and location of conference, and describe the importance of this conference;
  2. A brief description of nominee’s research, written for someone outside the nominee’s discipline, not to exceed one page;
  3. Summary of career aspirations and goals, and evidence of sustained leadership and community involvement in the interdisciplinary arena, not to exceed two pages;
  4. A letter of support from the applicant's major professor, indicating his/her support of the application;
  5. Form 17 - Request for Authority to Travel on University Business – No need for signatures.

Selection Process

Students apply directly for the A.H. Ismail Interdisciplinary Doctoral Research Travel Award. Selection of the Ismail Interdisciplinary Travel Award is conducted by members of the graduate faculty who review and evaluate the proposals based on the following criteria: interdisciplinary component clearly defined, a relevance of research to the field, and research statement is well written.


The amount of the award will vary, dependent on the conference destination and travel expenses. Recipients of the award are expected to attend the conference for which they applied. Barring immutable circumstances, such as travel advisories due to health or terrorist activity, substitutions will not be allowed.

Registration Requirements

Recipients of the Ismail Interdisciplinary Doctoral Travel Award must be enrolled in a degree-granting graduate program at Purdue and registered for at least eight credits in the fall and spring sessions and for at least six credits during the summer session, though students should confer with their departmental graduate committee chair.

Contact Information

Ismail Interdisciplinary Doctoral Travel Awards are administered by the Graduate School. Consult the Graduate School Fellowship Manual at http://www/ Questions may be addressed to the Fellowship Office, Graduate School, at 4-2598 or

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