AVPA Student Travel Grant

Purpose

In order to support undergraduate and graduate students with their research and career goals, the AVPA offers Student Travel Grants to aid students’ participation in arts related conferences, workshops, presentations, performances, and exhibitions. Grants will be awarded based on the quality of the application, letter of support, and the availability of funds. Priorities will be given to students who volunteered at AVPA events.

Award Details

The AVPA will provide three-tiered funding opportunities.

  • Educational Travel Grant: Up to $500 may be used for research-related travel, participation at conferences and workshops. This grant is for a maximum of 12 months’ use. Any unused funds must be returned to the AVPA at the end of the grant period.
  • Competitive Presentation Grant: Up to $800 may be used for single authored presentations, performances, and exhibitions at a juried venue. This grant is for the use of the specific venue. Any unused funds must be returned to the AVPA after the trip.
  • Collaborative Presentation Grant: Up to $1,200 may be used for presentations, performances, and exhibitions by two or more students at a juried venue. Only one grant will be given per collaborative project. Any unused funds must be returned to the AVPA after the trip.

Student Travel Grants must demonstrate a significant educational impact for the applicant. Results of these activities as well as an explanation of how this impact is assessed must be summarized in an annual AVPA Final Report, to be publicly available and posted on the AVPA website.

Expenses beyond the amount of the grant will not be reimbursed by AVPA.

Eligibility

Texas A&M University undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to receive the AVPA Student Travel Grant. Students must be in good standing with the University. The AVPA Director and the AVPA Advisory Board will adjudicate grant applications.

 Proposal Requirements

Proposals must demonstrate:

  • The significance of the project;
  • Significant educational and career impacts for the applicant; and
  • Expected outcomes of the trip.

Application

All proposals must be submitted electronically in PDF format to AVPA Program Coordinator (avpa@tamu.edu). Proposals must include:

  • Cover Sheet: link the AVPA Student Travel Grant Cover Sheet, including the appropriate department support signature.
  • Project Description: A description about the proposed project and/or the venue, addressing the proposal requirements. Please provide a link to the venue being attended. For collaborative grants, each participating student must provide an individual narrative addressing point 2 above for themselves.
  • Letter of Support: An official letter from a faculty advisor explaining the significance of this travel on the applicant’s educational and career goals.
  • Involvement with the AVPA: Include any volunteer work you have contributed to the AVPA and/or shows that the applicant(s) have attended and the impact these artists had on his/her education. Volunteer work is strongly encouraged. The AVPA office maintains a list of volunteers, if you are interested in volunteering for the AVPA please email the Program Coordinator (avpa@tamu.edu).
  • Budget: Provide a clearly laid out budget including an explanation/justification of funds. Matching funds, if applicable, should also be listed clearly in the budget.

Schedule

The AVPA accepts applications on a continuous basis. All applications must be submitted four weeks before the travel date. Late or incomplete submissions will not be considered.

Notification of awards and grants: Four weeks after the submission date.

Grant Report

Within four weeks after completing the trip, all recipients are required to provide a report with the following information.

  • Itemized expense report;
  • Description of the experience and educational and career impacts for the applicant.

Any student who fails to comply with this requirement will not be eligible for future grants.