Conference & Research Funding

2022-23 Graduate Conference Travel Award

Actively registered graduate students may apply for funding to support participation in academic conferences and their research. Please link the link below to access the Pre-Approval Application Form: 

The Conference Travel Award is a fund created by Western University's Faculty of Arts and Humanities’ Department of Philosophy to support all registered Philosophy graduate students as they continue to participate in academic conferences by presenting papers or participate in formal research. All applications are subject to approval by the Philosophy Graduate Chair.

Award Amount: up to $600 CAD (travel)
Pre-Approval Application Deadlines: open; ongoing until March 15, 2023
Reimbursement Application Deadline: April 15th, 2023 (at latest)
Applicant Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must be actively registered full-time and in good standing in the Department of Philosophy graduate program at the time of expense claim submission.

Eligible Expenses:

  • Conference/research-related travel (flights, bus, train, taxi, accommodations, etc.)
  • Conference registration & required membership fees


  • Travel must abide by current Western University protocols.
  • If the funds are to be used for travel expenses, the student must present a paper or commentary at a conference or be participating in research that is relevant to the student’s academic research area. 
  • Registration and membership fees for attendance at academic conferences relevant to a student’s research may be approved under Non-Travel Expenses. Attendance at the conference must still abide by current Western University travel protocols.
  • Administrative staff must follow travel & expense reimbursement guidelines as outlined by Western’s Finance Department. 

If you are unsure if your expense is eligible, please ask Sarah Murdoch ( or Elisa Kilbourne ( 
Graduate students are advised to retain all hardcopy/original receipts. Receipts for expenses must be dated between May 1st, 2022 and April 30th, 2023.


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