General Information About the Student Travel Fund

General information regarding 2022-2023 School of the Arts (SOTA) Student Travel Fund awards.

The University of Kansas School of the Arts provides travel funds to support the professional development of its students and to increase the visibility of its academic programs. Applicants should note that funding priority will be given to students who were selected to participate in professional programs, conferences and events on the basis of a peer review of their work (portfolio, audition tape, written proposal, etc.). Applicants may only receive funding once per fiscal year (July 1 - June 30).

Applications are considered on a rolling basis. That means you can apply any time, but availability of funds may be limited, so early submission is encouraged. Decisions on applications are ordinarily made within 3 weeks of submission, though response times may be delayed during holidays, school breaks, etc.

It is strongly recommended that you apply for a grant at least one month before your expected travel. In extraordinary circumstances, we will consider requests for support with less than one month notice, or after the travel is complete.

Option 1: Up to $3001 may be awarded to students who attend regional or national professional conferences directly related to their area of study. Students attending conferences as a group must still apply to Student Travel Fund individually. * Effective September 2021, students may also apply for Option 1 funding to support registration for virtual conferences, online masterclasses, or other remote participation in events related to their field of study.

Option 2: Up to $6001 may be awarded for the following activities:

  • 1. Support for students to participate in regional, national or international conferences where they are performing or presenting papers, workshops, poster sessions, or other work.
  • 2. Students invited to perform, present, or exhibit at other regional, national, or international venues related to their area of study.
  • 3. Students attending a national conference when serving as elected officers of a related regional or national organization.

Option 3: Up to $9001 may be awarded for travel expenses when studying in programs, organizations, and institutes beyond the KU campus leading to professional development in the arts. This component of the fund is highly competitive with a limited number of awards made each year. Travel for study might include:

  • 1. Travel within the United States to participate in master classes, workshops, or residencies as appropriate within the arts disciplines in the School of the Arts.
  • 2. Travel outside the United States in study abroad programs led by KU faculty, or in KU-approved study abroad programs run by other institutions.


1Depends on available funding