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Along with restructuring the Office of Undergraduate Research, funding for Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships and Travel Grants now will be determined at the college level. Students interested in undergraduate research within their discipline should watch for announcements about the upcoming application process. The uncertainty placed on us all by the pandemic will also impact the timing and activities allowed in the near future.



Due to University of Kentucky’s restriction on travel, the Office of Undergraduate Research will provide “Virtual” Research Travel Grants for UK undergraduate students virtually presenting their research at professional meetings and conferences. 

Presenting research provides students with an opportunity to expand their understanding of the scope of the field, communicate their research to their peers, and network with people with similar interests and goals.

Research Travel Grants (up to $250) are awarded to students to help subsidize costs incurred while presenting at local and national conferences. The Virtual Research Travel Grants are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Research at 859-257-0049 or  


Apply for a Virtual Research Travel Grant

Every UK undergraduate student engaged in faculty-mentored research, scholarly or creative inquiry is eligible to apply for a Virtual Research Travel Grant.


Important Dates

  • Application Opens: July 2, 2020

  • Application Deadline: April 30, 2021

  • Apply Online Here!


Every UK undergraduate student engaged in faculty-mentored research, scholarly or creative inquiry is eligible to apply for a Virtual Research Travel Grant. 

  • Students must be registered with the office - register HERE

  • Applicants must be a full-time undergraduate student at the University of Kentucky.

  • The research or creative activity is mentored by a UK faculty member

  • The undergraduate must present or display his/her research or scholarly work (i.e., paper, poster, research, performance) with name appearing in abstract or program

  • Be registered for the Virtual Conference/Event

  • Students may only receive ONE Virtual Research Travel Grant per academic year. 

Travel funds are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Applicants should submit his/her application as early as possible, and well in advance of the proposed virtual conference/event. The application will be reviewed and the applicant will be notified of approval by email

Please allow approximately 2-3 weeks for review.

Virtual Travel Grants will be dispersed with appropriate documentation. Award amounts vary up to $250.

Allowable Expenses

Allowable Reimbursable Expenses

1. Virtual Conference/Event Registration fee


GROUP TRAVEL: More than 5 students attending the same conference/meeting? Please contact our office to work out the group details before applying for a Virtual Research Travel Grant at


We are unable to fund travel between the dates of May 15 and June 30 due to fiscal year closeout.

 Award amounts vary up to $250.

Reimbursement Requirements

Submit the following applicable items to the Office of Undergraduate Research at or drop-off hard copies in our office in Room 211 Funkhouser Building. 

All items must be submitted within 30 days after the Virtual Conference/Event START date.

If supporting documentation is NOT received within this time period, you will forfeit your grant according to UK Accounts Payable regulations.


Required Documentation for Reimbursement:

  1. Proof of conference registration - uploaded with student's application

  2. Copy of debit/credit card receipt showing charges 

NOTE: All receipts should be itemized and include the students’ name. 


Important Notes About Reimbursements and Receipts

  • We cannot reimburse you for expenses paid by someone else

  • Receipts must show method of payment: Cash, Card (with last 4 card digits), etc.


Questions? Email our team at 

Sharing your findings with others in the academic community and the general public is an essential component of the research experience and applied learning.

Maya Woolfolk research travel grant feature
Nicholas Graves research travel grant poster presentation