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International Travel Grants

Last modified 3/18/2020

COVID-19 Guidance for PRF International Travel grants

FY20 PRF International Travel Grants (covering travel during the period July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020) that have been awarded to a specific faculty member can be extended if the travel has not yet taken place and the conference for which the award was made is rescheduled within one year. If the conference is not rescheduled, the award balance will be returned to EVPRP. Please send email to if you need to extend your grant. Expenses related to cancelling a trip supported by an already awarded PRF International Travel Grant can be charged to the grant but additional resources will not be available to offset these expenditures when/if the travel ultimately takes place.

FY21 PRF International Travel Grant program (covering travel during the period July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021) will continue as in the past, noting that many conferences scheduled to be held near the beginning of this fiscal year may or may not be held. If a conference for which a grant is awarded ultimately does not take place, any award balance will be returned to EVPRP.

Last updated: March 18, 2020


The purpose of the International Travel Grant Program is to assist Purdue faculty members in scholarly achievement by providing a portion of the travel costs to those who will participate in an international research project or presenting or as an official at recognized international research meetings. For this program, international travel is travel outside of the continental United States and Alaska and Hawaii.


  • Allocation notices, spreadsheets and instructions should be sent to academic deans from the office of the Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships (EVPRP) during the fall semester. If you have any questions, please contact the EVPRP Business Office at
  • Each college or school will establish its own internal deadline and specific directions for application. Faculty will be notified of internal department/school/college deadlines via their head’s and/or dean's office.
  • The PRF International Travel Application Form should be completed included as part of the application.
  • Awards will be announced by each department/school/college upon completion of their award process.


Tenured and tenure-track, research, or clinical faculty members with a full time appointment and active research programs are eligible. A faculty member may not have two International Travels Grants in one fiscal year.


Recipients of PRF International Travel awards will receive up to $2,000 toward the cost of approved travel expenses. Recipients can only receive one travel award in a fiscal year. The total endowment available is quite modest. The program, therefore, should not be regarded as a likely source of support, supplanting established governmental or private sources of travel funds. In cases where partial funding is available from alternative sources, the recipient of a grant may combine the awards to cover the allowable costs of the trip.


Travel grants will be made upon recommendation of the academic deans. Latitude is given to the deans in setting additional guidelines and criteria for application and award of travel grants through their college or school. A statement on college/school eligibility and selection criteria for International Travel Grants should be provided by the dean to the faculty.

Payment of Grant Following Award

Instructions for West Lafayette & Regional Campuses Faculty:

The grant award will be processed through Concur. After receiving notice of the award, please contact the departmental business office to receive the PRF International Travel Grant payment.

Instructions for IUPUI Faculty

PRF International Travel Grants awarded to IUPUI faculty will be processed by IUPUI. Please contact the appropriate IUPUI College for additional instructions.


  • These funds are to assist tenured or tenure-track, research, or clinical faculty members in scholarly attainment by providing a portion of the travel costs to participate in an international research project or in a noteworthy manner at a recognized international research meeting as a presenter or an important official.
  • Travel for other purposes will not be supported. Examples of non-eligible travel include: travel for teaching purposes [overseas university guest lecturer; teaching a course at an international university, etc.]; and travel to a sabbatical destination.
  • Each college/school is responsible for determining, announcing, and managing the awards to their faculty following the guidelines established for the PRF International Travel Grant competition
  • The amount awarded can be used for all approved travel expenses up to the amount of award. Approved expenses include: airfare, lodging, and/or research conference/meeting related expenses.
  • Recipients must continue employment with Purdue University on either an academic-year or twelve-month appointment in the following fiscal year to be eligible for a given year's PRF International Travel Grant.
  • Travel dates must be within the upcoming fiscal year. For example, travel grant funds allocated during FY2017-18 should support travel during FY2018-19 July 1, 2018 -June 30, 2019).


  • For general PRF International Travel Grant competition information, contact the EVPRP Business Office at
  • For PRF International Travel Grant competition inquiries specific to your unit, contact your dean's offices or regional campus contact. (Purdue Northwest: Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne: Director of Sponsored Programs)

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