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How to Apply

Submit the Scholarly Activity Fund (SAF) application, along with supporting documentation to Graduate Education and Research (GER) in WDE 1900.  Department chairs and college deans assume the responsibility for verifying the supporting documentation. If the purpose of the proposed travel does not meet the criteria for any of the supported categories, or if the supporting documentation is inadequate, the application may be denied. However, if there is a problem with your application, you will receive notification through email. Applications should be submitted at least 10 business days before the travel date.


If significant changes or cancellation of travel plans occur, please notify GER at WDE 1900 or 660.543.4729. This allows for the reallocation of the unused portion of SAF to other faculty members needing travel support. Transfer of allocated funds to other faculty and/or for other meetings is not allowed.


Faculty are able to utilize between $750 - $1000 for a trip within the United States, depending on the travel destination, or $1500 for an international trip. These allocations may be split between two or more professional meetings or events. If a faculty member would like to split their funding between two trips, they would need to submit a SAF application for each trip.


Applications for a single paper, presentation, exhibit, or performance involving multiple UCM authors/presenters are allowed, but will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


Funding Categories and Documentation

Travel funds support full-time faculty that are benefit eligible who must travel to disseminate scholarly activities at state/regional, national, or international professional meetings or events.


Category 1- Meeting Presentation, Performance, or Exhibition

Dissemination of scholarly work at a professional meeting or event (i.e., paper, poster, or academic exhibit).


Documentation required:

  • A copy of the acceptance notification

  • A description of the selection process

  • An abstract of the paper/poster or description of the exhibit/workshop

Category 2 - Meeting Facilitation

Performance of official duties on behalf of a professional organization (i.e., judge, symposium organizer, professional society officer…).


Documentation required:

  • A description of the selection process, duties, and responsibilities

  • A statement identifying the nature of panel/session or exhibition

Category 3 - 1st and 2nd Year Faculty Member (Attendance at Conference)

Attendance at discipline-related professional meeting for any faculty member within their first two years of full-time faculty status.


Documentation required:

  • Statement Indicating date of full-time status

  • Conference brochure or flyer

Category 4 -  Student Sponsor

Reserved for the dissemination of scholarly work performed by students under a faculty member's guidance, which requires supervision or collaboration of the faculty member.


Documentation required:

  • Name and 700# of the student(s) you are sponsoring

  • A description of sponsor requirements and responsibilities

    • If more than one faculty sponsor is required, please also include justification for the need of multiple sponsors and the names of co-sponsors.  Funding will be limited to two (2) sponsors per trip.

  • An abstract of the students' scholarly work for presentation

  • A description of the selection and/or acceptance process

  • A copy of the acceptance notification