Travel Awards


Full-time and part-time trainees may apply for funding to cover travel and registration fees for:

Exchanges, including: a) undergraduate students accepting summer research work terms at a partner university; b) graduate students taking advantage of specialized workshops or courses at a partner university, or by our non-academic partners; c) students involved in outreach activities in First Nations communities as part of program Pillar 4; and d) career-oriented work terms with our First Nations and NGO partners.

Conferences and workshops, including: a) student travel to attend annual CREATE H2O conferences to be held in Manitoba and Ontario; and b) support for students presenting their research results at provincial, national and international conferences or workshops. However, students are expected to first investigate other sources of funds for conference travel.

Research activities: Travel costs associated with student and post-doctoral research activities in First Nations communities are typically paid for by supervisors’ operating funds. However, centralized funding is available to support selected research projects with exceptionally high travel costs, such as trainees working in remote northern communities and trainees requiring frequent visits to First Nations communities for research.

Annual travel funding is expected to average about $2,000 per PhD student and $1,500 per master's student, with some funding available for undergraduates and postdocs. Priority will be given to conferences and workshops where the student gives an oral or poster presentation, field work and students who raise matching funds. Note that the H2O program will not directly pay university tuition fees. Students may choose to use their stipends to cover tuition.

Please submit to helen.fallding@umanitoba.ca for review: - an Excel spreadsheet outlining your proposed travel expenses. Please include preferred flight dates and times (or vehicle rental dates), hotel name and phone number (and whether you will share a room) and conference registration websites. - a half-page Word document signed by yourself and your supervisor explaining your travel dates, purpose and how this travel will benefit your H2O program training and First Nations. Do not spend the money until you have written notification of whether your application has been approved by principal investigator Dr. Farenhorst.

Procedures for booking travel and reimbursement of expenses.

Other potential funding sources: University of Manitoba graduate student travel awards. University of Manitoba Faculty of Graduate Studies awards database.