Trainee Travel Awards

Trainee Travel Awards 

Bi-annual application deadlines - January 15 and September 1.

1. Introduction 

The Program in Health Disparities Research (PHDR) in the University of Minnesota’s Medical School supports meritorious health disparities-related projects and research conducted by University of Minnesota trainees (graduate student or postdoctoral associate/fellow). Travel scholarships for a trainee to attend regional or national health disparities-related conferences are competitively awarded quarterly. Funds for these awards are made available by PHDR. 

PHDR will contribute up to $500 for a trainee's conference registration fees, transportation and/or lodging expenses. As a guideline, applications should be recieved at least three months prior to travel.

2. Criteria

Trainee awards should meet the following criteria:

  • The trainee applicant must be a current graduate student or postdoctoral trainee in any program at the University of Minnesota.
  • PHDR summer interns ARE eligible to apply.
  • The trainee must be presenting at conference. The abstract that was submitted to the conference must be included in the application.
  • The conference or presentation must be relevant to health disparities.
  • A minimum of $250 in matching funds must be guaranteed from trainee's mentor(s), home department or other sources. 
  • No more than one award per person per year.  Preference is given to applicants who have not previously received an award.
  • Preference will be given to registered PHDR members. A new PHDR membership or membership renewal can be submitted at the time of the application. How membership works and how to apply. 
  • The requested award should include reimbursement for the following: registration fees, transportation and/or lodging.
  • Applicants must provide a brief statement of how the conference supports their educational training and goals. 

3. Agreement for Trainee Travel Awards

  • If funded, a short written summary of the conference experience must be submitted to PHDR within 1 month after the conference takes place (no more than ½ page). Where appropriate, a brief in-person report at the PHDR monthly meeting on the conference will be requested.
  • PHDR support must be acknowledged in the presentation (PHDR will provide a template for this for either a poster or oral presentation with slides).

4. Submitting an Application

To submit an application for the travel award, please complete the online application. The application will be reviewed and the applicant will be notified of the application status within two weeks after the deadline. 

5. Awarded Applications

  • Awarded applicants must list PHDR on his/her poster and/or PowerPoint presentation.
    • The Program name should be listed as: Program in Health Disparities Research at the University of Minnesota Medical School
    • To obtain the official wordmark, please contact PHDR at 
  • All awards will be made in the form of a reimbursement after the conference. Requests for reimbursement must be submitted within two weeks of return. Please submit the following to PHDR at
    • Employee Expense Worksheet Form
      • Fill out employee/student ID, name, email address, home mailing address, travel destination, travel dates.
      • Give a detailed justification (who, what, where, why, and when) for each reimbursement item. This should include the name of the conference, dates you attended, title of your presentation, requested items for reimbursement (e.g. registration fees, transportation and/or lodging)
      • Fill out the itemized expenses and dollar amounts
      • Sign and date bottom of the form
    • Original receipts
    • A PDF copy of the poster or PowerPoint presented at the conference. The document will be kept in program files. 

2017 Recipients

Youssef Roman 
American Society of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
March 15-18, 2017
Koushik Paul
American Urological Association's Annual Meeting
May 11-6. 2017
Pajau Vangay  
North American Refugee Health Conference
June 15-18, 2017

2016 Recipients

Brenna Greenfield
American Psychological Association Collaborative Perspectives on Addiction Conference
March 18-19

Previous Recipients

Jenna Cushing-Leubner
Critical Participatory Action Research Institute
May 31-June 6, 2015

Love Odetola
World Health Organization Research Scholar Program
July-September, 2015

Youseff Roman
American College of Clinical Pharmacy Global Conference
October 16, 2015

Benjamin Katz
25th Annual Midwest Stream Farm Worker Health Forum
November 9-11, 2015

Rachel Hardeman, PhD

Public Health Critical Race Praxis Institute 
Feb 16-19, 2014

Kyle Hill, PhD
World Indigenous Peoples’ Conference on Education 
May 19-24, 2014

Diego Garcia-Huidobro
North American Primary Care Research Group Annual Meeting 
November 21-25, 2014

Eunice Areba, PhD
American Public Health Association Annual Meeting
October 27-31. 2012