​Lottie Applewhite Travel Awards

Thanks to a generous gift from GLS alumna Lottie Applewhite (MALS, 1997), Graduate Liberal Studies can offer GLS students travel grants in two categories:

  • Travel to present a paper at an academic conference.
  • Travel for purposes of research for the Master's Project.

Up to ten awards will be given each year in amounts of $250, $500, $750, or $1000, based on your preliminary budget. These awards are competitive and will be offered to the most outstanding applicants and promising projects. Decisions will be based on your application documents and your academic record as a graduate student.  Upon return, awardees must submit a travel report with receipts accounting for funds spent. Applicants will receive half the awarded amount before the research travel, and half after submitting an acceptable travel report. If you do not use a portion of the awarded amount, you must reimburse that amount to Graduate Liberal Studies. In the event that the travel does not take place, you must reimburse GLS any awarded funds. The second payment of your travel award will be either the outstanding amount of your actual expenses or the second payment of your travel award, whichever amount is smaller. 

Application Deadlines

  • December 1 for travel beginning in January through June.

  • June 1 for travel beginning in July through December.

To apply for a travel grant for a conference, you will be asked to submit the following information and documents:
To apply for a research travel grant for your Master's Project, you will be asked to submit the following information and documents:
  • Your Master's Project proposal that includes your supervisor’s name. Preferably, you will already be registered in LS 850 Master's Project Colloquium, or registering in the semester following your research travel.  
  • Documentation of approval or waiver from the Duke Office of Research Support (ORS-Info@duke.edu or 919-684-3030) if your project involves human subject research.  
  • A statement explaining the importance of your proposed travel to the successful completion of your Master's project. 
  • A preliminary budget. 
  • Click here to submit your Master's Project travel award application