Professional Development Travel Grants


Professional Development Travel Grants provide financial assistance to Northwestern postdoctoral trainees when they travel to conferences, seminars, and meetings that further their professional development and career advancement.


  • Applicants must have a University-designated title of Postdoctoral Fellow (see below) from any Northwestern department, research center, institute or school to be considered.  Research associates and research faculty are not eligible for this grant program.
    • Postdoctoral Fellow
    • Postdoctoral Fellow, Direct Fellowship
    • Postdoctoral Fellow-Dept. of Education
    • NRSA Postdoctoral Fellow
    • Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Applicants must be a current postdoctoral fellow at time of application and travel.
  • Applicants must have completed at least six months of postdoctoral training at Northwestern by the time of travel.
  • Applicants must apply and be approved for a travel grant before their anticipated travel dates.
  • Applicants are eligible to receive one grant per year and a maximum of two grants during the entire course of their postdoctoral training.

Award Information

Beginning in Fall 2018, the maximum grant amount for all eligible postdoctoral fellows will be $500.

Selection Process

The Graduate School and Office of Postdoctoral Affairs will consider applications on a first-come, first-served basis.


The travel grant application is now open. Applications will be accepted between the following dates:

  • October 4-November 16, 2018
  • January 7-August 16, 2019

As confirmation of your travel plans, the application will require you to upload either an invitation to present at the conference or a copy of your conference registration. You must apply and be approved for your grant before your anticipated date of travel. If you are submitting an application outside of the open application periods, or if the travel grant funds have been exhausted, your application may not be approved by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs.


Post-Award Instructions

  • All receipts must be submitted to the department or business administrator for reimbursement within thirty days of travel.
  • All recipients must complete this short questionnaire that asks a series of questions about their research and travel plans. The questionnaire should be submitted to the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs within thirty days of travel. We may use this information on our website, newsletter, and/or social media channels to highlight the research being performed and presented by the postdoctoral community at Northwestern.
  • Please note that the failure to complete these requirements may affect eligibility for future OPA Professional Development Travel Grants.

Contact OPA with any questions.