Student Travel Support

In light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, we will not be accepting any more applications for travel support for the time being.
If you have already received support, please follow our usual procedures to seek reimbursement.
If you have remaining expenses from a cancelled conference, please seek refunds from conference organizers and airlines, etc., before seeking reimbursement through CURI. We can assist with remaining incurred expenses.  Please email should you have any questions.


The  CURI Student Travel Program aims to provide as many St. Olaf students as possible with the experience of presenting their research to an external audience. Students presenting a paper or poster, speaking on a panel, or playing another official role in the conference program, are eligible for travel support from CURI.

Funding levels vary depending on the number of students involved in a project and upon individual’s financial need. Student authors may apply for up to $1,000 of travel support for reimbursable expenses. Individuals co-authoring a project may apply for up to $1,000 of travel support each; however, the maximum funding a group can receive is $2,000, regardless of the number of co-authors involved. Please note, even co-authors traveling to the same conference may receive different award amounts, if their official financial need differs.

2019-20 student travel application deadlines

You may submit an application at any time, but please note that they will be reviewed within a week of the following deadlines: July 1, September 16, November 11, February 17, and April 6.

Presentations might result from:  
  • IR/IS courses
  • Summer research at St. Olaf College (CURI Program)
  • Internships,
  • DUR courses
  • Level III courses (especially research seminars)
  • Research methods courses
  • Summer research at another institution
To be eligible for CURI travel support, students:
  • Must be a St. Olaf student returning for the next academic year, or a graduating senior (all travel must be completed before graduation)
  • Must have permission to present their results from their faculty supervisor

Funds are limited, and travel awards are not guaranteed, especially if you have traveled with CURI funding in the past. Take care to make accurate estimates of your flight and lodging expenses ahead of time (e.g., use Google Flights for your dates). No more than one travel application will be supported per academic year. You should apply for travel support as soon as you have firm plans to present your research at a specific conference. All offers of travel support are contingent on formal acceptance. Apply far enough in advance so you know whether you have CURI funding before you have to make travel arrangements. If you have questions about whether your proposed travel is eligible for support, please email

Students and faculty are encouraged to explore other sources of funding available from outside St. Olaf. Disciplinary societies are particularly interested in supporting undergraduate research travel; you can get more information about these from the faculty member whom you did your research, or their department/program chair.

Warning about questionable conferences

Unfortunately, we operate in a world with predatory conference organizers. Take care not to waste your time and good ideas on such an outlet by double checking the reputation of the conference before applying.  CURI will not fund presentations at known predatory outlets. You can read this article for some tips; CalTech librarians also keep a helpful resource list.

** Travel funds may run out before our last review date; watch this web page for updates. **