Travel/Conference Grants

Any students pursuing undergraduate research may apply for funding to travel to present or conduct research through two distinct grant opportunities:

CRF Conference Travel Grant

The Villanova Undergraduate Research Advisory Board grants up to $500 to support travel, lodging, meals, and registration fees for undergraduate researchers who will present their research at conferences. Over 100 students have presented posters and facilitated talks at a variety of conferences across academic disciplines, including but not limited to:

  • Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society
  • Soil Ecology Conference
  • American Chemical Society Annual Meeting
  • Foundations Of Systems Biology in Engineering
  • American Education Research Association
  • Yeast Genetics and Molecular Biology Meeting
  • Wilson Ornithological Society

Students must complete the CRF Conference Travel Grant Application in the link below. When completing the form, please be sure to attach (1) your abstract, (2) an itemized budget of anticipated expenses, and (3) documentation confirming that you will present at the conference. These documents should be combined into one PDF file.

Funding will not be provided for students who will not be presenting research at a conference. Funding may be provided to graduating seniors in the summer and fall following graduation provided that the student completed the research as an undergraduate. This grant is for undergraduate students only. The selection committee will evaluate proposals after the following deadlines: June 1, September 1, December 1, and March 1. Applications may also be considered on a rolling basis as needed.

The CRF Conference Travel Grant application can be found here.

Research and Travel Grant

The Villanova Undergraduate Research Advisory Board assesses proposals to provide support for established research programs such as DAAD-RISE and IAESTE. This grant is intended to support undergraduate students engaging in established programs in which undergraduate research is the focus. This grant is restricted to undergraduates; students who have graduated are ineligible.

Students seeking to conduct an independent research project should apply for a Villanova Undergraduate Research Fellows (VURF) Grant.  CRF Research and Travel Grants are not intended to supplement VURF grants (i.e., travel for fieldwork). Such requests will be assessed on a case-by-case and limited basis.

To apply for a CRF Research and Travel Grant, students must submit a resume in addition to a one-page statement of grant purpose detailing his or her interest in the program, how the program informs the student’s goals, and a statement that he or she will assist in CRF outreach to share the experience with other Villanova students. Students must also include a detailed budget of anticipated expenses. Please submit all Research and Travel Grant applications to Catherine Stecyk.

For Summer 2019, all Research and Travel Grant applications are due by Monday, April 15, 2019. Decisions will be communicated no later than May 1.

Funding is contingent upon the student’s completion of the Responsible Conduct of Research training.

VU username and password required. For those outside of the University, please use the guest user account "curfusers" with the password "villanova."

Contact Information

Center for Research and Fellowships
Garey Hall 38
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085
Fax: 610-519-6623

Dr. Michael T. Westrate
Director, Center for Research and Fellowships & Presidential Scholars Program

Ms. Catherine M. Stecyk
Associate Director, Center for Research and Fellowships

Dr. John J. Shanley
Assistant Director, Center for Research and Fellowships

Ms. Chelsea T. Benincasa
Assistant Director, Center for Research and Fellowships & Presidential Scholars Program

Dr. Alexandra M. Was
Postdoctoral Scholar, Center for Research and Fellowships

Denise Caramanico
Office Coordinator (Part-Time), Center for Research and Fellowships