Conference Travel Information and Application

All full-time APU undergraduate students are eligible for student travel grants of up to $500 if they are accepted to an academic conference to share their research. Sponsorship of an APU faculty member is required.

Students must submit their travel grant applications at least two weeks before their conference to allow time for review and award decisions. Funds are granted from the provost’s annual budget based upon review of applications. Because of high demand, there is no guarantee all applicants will receive funds or that all recipients will be fully funded. Additionally, please note that travel reimbursement for expenses incurred by students must now be processed through Concur. Students must submit their receipts through Concur and will be reimbursed for the awarded amount through a direct deposit into their bank account after the conference. Detailed instructions for Concur expense processing will be provided along with the award letter.

Undergraduate research projects often begin when a professor recognizes a student’s intellectual curiosity or latent talents as a researcher. Professors may invite these students to help in a lab, copresent a paper, or work on an individualized research project during the academic year or summer months. Alternately, students may approach a professor who specializes in the area in which they would like to conduct research and ask for their supervision as they advance in their project.

To be considered for conference travel funds, students must submit an Undergraduate Travel Request Form (MS Word), which includes a section to be completed by the faculty-mentor. The application may be submitted electronically. Wait to submit completed forms to until you have been officially accepted to your conference.

FACULTY: If your students plan to attend conferences in the spring or summer and you would like to notify the Undergraduate Research Program to expect a travel application, submit an Intent to Apply Form (MS Word) to All attempts will be made to set aside funding, which of course is not guaranteed.

For questions or more information, contact Yvonne Rodriguez, ORG Office Coordinator, at or (626) 815-2082.

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