Fall 2019 Distinguished Travel Award Call for Applications

The Stony Brook Graduate Student Organization and the Graduate School would like to announce the opening of the Fall 2019 application period for the Distinguished Travel Award. Click here to download the application form.

The Distinguished Travel Award (DTA) is issued twice a year, but the number of awards granted will vary subject to available funding. The DTA is a special line of funding designated to provide financial support for graduate students presenting their work at professional conferences/meetings and exhibitions, or performing at concerts/festivals and other venues that enhance the national and international reputation of their department and the University. Awards are determined based on the quality of the applicant's submitted information and the impact of their work, both within their field and academia.


Applicants must be currently enrolled at Stony Brook University and be in good standing in a graduate program. A student may receive this award only once during their academic career at Stony Brook University. Award recipients will be reimbursed after their conference/performance. Award amounts may not exceed $1,500.

How to Apply

The DTA application should be submitted one semester in advance of the event in which the applicant is planning to participate. This is to ensure that applicants are informed whether funding will be available to them for the event. The Fall 2019 DTA application cycle will only provide funding for events occurring in the first half of the 2020 calendar year: January 1st to June 30th, 2020.

 Application Checklist

Completed applications should be submitted as a single PDF to: speaker@sbgso.org

  • DTA Application Form

  • 1-page cover letter, not to exceed 500 words (see below for guidelines)

  • Applicant’s current curriculum vitae

  • Letters of recommendation (see below)

Required Letters of Recommendation

Letters of recommendation should be sent directly to: speaker@sbgso.org. When emailing a letter of recommendation, please include the student’s name in the subject line.

  • Letter of recommendation from the student’s adviser

  • Letter of recommendation from a Stony Brook University faculty member, other than the student’s adviser that is familiar with the student’s work

    • Letters may be solicited from faculty members with joint appointments at Cold Spring Harbor or Brookhaven National Laboratories

  • Nomination letter from the student’s graduate program director: This letter needs only to confirm that the student has been endorsed by the graduate program and that no more than two students from their program have been nominated per application cycle. (This cap is raised to three students if the graduate program has more than 200 students). If the graduate program director is already writing a letter of recommendation, this nomination can be included in their letter.

Cover Letter

In the cover letter, applicants should describe the scholarly impact of the presentation/performance in the context of their field of study and the significance of the event. Applicants should also articulate how participation in the conference/event will benefit their graduate education and long-term career goals. The cover letter should not exceed 500 words.

 Application Deadline

Applications and letters of recommendation must be received by 11:59PM EST on November 8th, 2019. Late and/or incomplete applications will not be considered. Award recipients will be notified by December 13th, 2019.


**The Distinguished Travel Award was founded in 2011 and is co-funded by the Stony Brook Graduate School and the Stony Brook Graduate Student Organization.