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Trainee Travel Grant

Recognizing the importance of medical students, graduate students, residents, and fellows presenting research as part of their academic and professional development, the Center for Inclusive Excellence grants travel awards to individuals interested in showcasing their scholarly research and/or developing their professional skills and networks. Allocation of these resources is done with the intention of supporting endeavors that provide educational value to our trainees and to the greater IU School of Medicine community. Should funding be provided, conference attendees are responsible for disseminating information about the conference back to the respective affinity or interest groups.

Apply for a travel grant

Submit your application for funding at least 30 days before travel.


Thank you for your interest in the Inclusive Excellence Travel Grant. We are currently at funding capacity for the 2023-2024 fiscal year. Funding requests will resume for grants after July 1, 2024.

There are a limited number of travel awards available for the academic year. Travel grants applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Applications must be submitted at least 30 days prior to intended travel. The following guidelines will be used to evaluate travel grant and award funding:

  • A maximum of $500 will be awarded to an individual who is presenting their research at a professional conference.
  • A maximum of $350 will be awarded to an individual who is attending a professional conference.
  • Individuals whose backgrounds, experiences, or perspectives promote health equity and exemplify inclusive excellence. 

Selection criteria was developed in alignment with IU School of Medicine’s Strategic Plan.

four diverse students pose for a photo at the sacnas conference

Please note: Any funds awarded to medical and graduate students will be distributed to the student’s account unless otherwise noted. Residents’ and fellows’ reimbursements will be processed via check or direct deposit unless otherwise noted. Group funding requests will be considered, but are not guaranteed. Approval for group funding will be determined on a case-by-case basis, pending availability of funds and Director approval. No individual will be eligible for more than $500 during an academic year.

All travel must be completed prior to graduation. It is strongly encouraged that funding be used to present diversity-related research or attend a diversity-related conference.


The following items must be included in your submission:
  • Completed application
  • One page letter of intent briefly describing how your experiences and perspectives promote health equity and exemplify inclusive excellence. 
  • A curriculum vitae

Submit completed application at least 30 days before travel.

Inquiries about the application or components of the application should be directed to

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