Lawrence faculty members are encouraged to attend national or regional meetings of professional organizations and to participate actively as officers, program chairs, panel discussants and speakers. Lawrence offers travel grants to help faculty get to professional meetings, conferences, and similar events.
Faculty Travel Grants
Faculty members may apply for support to attend professional meetings or engage in other professional development activities that can enhance the quality of the faculty member’s teaching, scholarship, or creative activity. Active participation in conference programs is especially encouraged. Faculty are urged to be thoughtful and prudent in planning trips and expenses.
Any full-time faculty member or any faculty member who has taught at Lawrence for half-time or more for at least three consecutive years is eligible to apply for funds through the Provost's Office.
Expenses are covered up to a maximum of $1,500 for domestic travel and $1,800 for international travel each academic year. Exceptions to these limits will be made only in extraordinary circumstances at the discretion of the Provost. Expenses must conform to the university travel policy, and reimbursement is for actual expenses only, accompanied by original receipts.
Eligible expenses include:
- transportation (economy class airfare, rental vehicle up to $200, personal vehicle up to 200 miles each way)
- meals (within the limits set forth in the travel policy)
- ground transportation, tolls, and parking
- conference fees
Expenses not covered include rental car costs or personal vehicle mileage beyond the established limits; meal costs in excess of the established limits; upgrades like first or business class travel, room service, or limousine service; and personal items. Faculty travel grants may not be used for student travel, which may be supported by other funds.
Grants must be used for the purposes for which they are allocated. Any change in destination or activity should be reported in advance to the Provost for approval; if additional funding is needed, a new application should be submitted. Faculty members who have received a grant but find themselves unable to travel should notify the Provost's Office so that funds can be redistributed. Non-refundable airline tickets may be exchanged for new tickets for the same individuals for approved professional travel, and faculty members are responsible for paying airline change fees unless the change resulted from illness or other unforeseeable circumstances.
For reimbursement, see Spending & Reporting.
Don't forget that If you are using internal or external grant funds to support a summer research student, you must also complete the Grant Statement for Student Summer Employment (PDF) or (Word).
Apply for a travel grant: