Application Form for International Travel Funds
for Graduate Student Thesis Field Research
in the Social Sciences and Humanities
Updated: February 2015
The Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research has been given permission to utilize a portion of the
University’s SSHRC General Research Fund for a two-year period (from 2015-2016 to 2016-2017) to
support field research travel for full-time graduate students working in SSHRC-eligible disciplines.
These travel funds will be allocated by the Awards Committee of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and
Research to applicants who will be carrying out research activities towards their Masters or PhD theses
in international settings (outside of the United States of America and Canada).
Graduate Program Coordinators (GPC) will be notified of the availability of travel support for graduate
students conducting their thesis fieldwork outside of Canada and the United States of America. The
maximum support provided to a single student during their program will be $2,000. The intention of the
award is to cover return transportation costs (air, train and bus travel) only.
Applications are due at the respective GPC on March 15 of each year. The GPC will submit the
applications with recommendations to the FGSR Office by April 1 of each year.
Travel funds must be utilized within 12 months of being awarded. If unused during that time period, the
funds return to the pool for the subsequent year’s allocation.
Application Procedures and Selection Criteria:
1. Within, and as attachments to, the application form, the applicants must
provide an up-to-date Saint Mary’s University transcript;
provide a letter from the Graduate Program Coordinator indicating the stage of the
applicant within their Program (normally all coursework should be completed);
provide a summary (two pages, single spaced) of the research objectives, protocol, and
outcome and other necessary instruments for successfully completing field research,
including identifying and contacting necessary local contacts, prior to leaving for thesis
fieldwork abroad . Within the summary, the applicant should also indicate how the field
research is necessary/linked to fulfilling the thesis objectives.
indicate that he/she is prepared to embark upon their field research within six (6) months
of having been identified as an awardee of the Travel Funds; and
not be a recipient of any other grants or awards in support of the travel in excess of
2. Completed applications will be received and evaluated initially by each of the respective GPC.
3. The GPC will rank the applicants in terms of the merit of each application. Merit is here
understood as cogency of the proposed field research, its potential for advancing knowledge in
the graduate student’s area of research, and its relevance to international activities as detailed in
the University’s 2012-2017 Academic Plan.