Raphael and Jolene Gruener Research Travel Award


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The Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs (GIDP) started the Raphael and Jolene Gruener Research Travel Award in 2011. The Grueners have been tireless supporters of interdisciplinary research and education at the University of Arizona. They are also well known for their love of travel. The Gruener Research Travel Award will support awards that fund student research travel, bringing together these two passions of the Grueners.

The award is intended to offset some of the costs associated with international or domestic travel expenses such as airfare, and meals. This is a meritorious award and will be granted on the competitive and innovative content of the statement submitted with the application. Awards are contingent upon the availability of funds. Students are eligible to receive a total of $1,000 per award year. Students may submit only one application per award year during the open application session: mid-February - mid-March.

Examples of appropriate use of these funds include travel to field sites for off-campus data gathering and visits to conduct research in laboratories, libraries or archives at other institutions. This grant does not fund travel to conferences or academic meetings nor travel simply to meet with researchers or participate in research for which the student is not a primary researcher, principal investigator or co-principal investigator.

Eligibility and Restrictions

To be eligible for a Gruener Research Travel Award, you must:

  • Be enrolled in a Graduate Interdisciplinary Program (major or minor) at the time the application is filed and if selected as a recipient, during the period April 1, 2020, through March 31, 2021.
  • Be in good standing and have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA
  • Be the primary researcher, principal investigator, or co-principal investigator in the research being performed

Students who fail to complete their research travel will be required to return the scholarship.

Note: the Gruener Research Travel Award is a scholarship and as such is part of your taxable income. The Gruener Research Travel Award will be processed in accordance with all University of Arizona policies.

Application Instructions

  1. Complete and submit the application form* which includes uploading a 1-2 page statement of purpose. This statement should explain the research question(s) to be investigated, why the travel is critical to answering these questions. Please also comment on how the travel will impact your research career. Travel dates should be within April of the current year to March of next year; for example: April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021.
    *Please NOTE: You must log in with your user name and Net ID to view the form.
  2. Your research advisor should send a letter of recommendation to gidp@email.arizona.edu that explains why the travel is necessary and is directly connected to your dissertation or thesis research and confirms that you are the primary researcher, principal investigator, or co-principal investigator.


GIDP students will be notified via email when the Gruener Research Travel Award is opened for applications (one month in advance of the deadline). The application deadline is at the end of the business day, Wednesday, March 18, 2020.

Post Travel Requirements

Submit the following to: gidp@email.arizona.edu within two weeks of your return from your trip:

  1. A one to two paragraph summary of your experience in MS Word .doc or .docx format.
  2. A digital photo of yourself

Your summary and photo will be placed on the GIDP website for promotional purposes.

Last updated 19 Feb 2020