Travel Support

The History of Science Program and the University of Oklahoma have several travel and research grant programs to help students conduct research outside the Norman area and to present research at professional meetings.  All students with department or university support will need to complete a Travel Pre-Authorization Request in order to receive their reimbursements.

(Click here for department Travel Pre-Authorization Request Form.)  The department uses the completed Travel Pre-Authorization form to complete a State of Oklahoma Travel Voucher. Regulations regarding the reimbursement of travel expenses are specified in the Oklahoma statutes. The Office of State Finance has the responsibility of interpreting these statutes and issuing guidelines with which all state agencies must comply. Graduate students may wish to become familiar with the State requirements in order to provide the necessary information for reimbursement. State requirements can be found at:

Departmental Support

DeGolyer Graduate Fellowship in History of Science. The DeGolyer Graduate Fellowship in History of Science was established with an endowment in the name of Everette L. DeGolyer to provide Graduate Travel Fellowships in the Department of the History of Science. Funds will be awarded to graduate students in the department who attend professional meetings to deliver a paper or presentation or who travel to libraries or archives to conduct research for theses or dissertations.

History of Science Research Award. Through the generosity of an anonymous donor, the department has initiated a History of Science Research Award. To encourage graduate students in the preparation, presentation and publication of excellent research papers, the Department of the History of Science will present one award annually.

University Support

Graduate College Programs

Robberson Travel and Research Grants. Robberson grants provide financial assistance to outstanding students who are in the early phases of a research project that is leading towards a significant product of creative activity or who are presenting their research at professional conferences. Such activities include the dissertation or thesis research, publications, and/or national exhibitions/ performances.

Eddie Carol Smith Scholarship. The Eddie Carol Smith Scholarship is a one-year award that will go to a graduate student whose research/capstone project either opens a new area of scholarly endeavor or significantly expands an existing area of scholarly endeavor.

T. H. Lee Williams International Travel Scholarship. The T.H. Lee Williams International Scholarship provides students with matching funds to participate in a prestigious international conference or international juried event.

College of Arts and Sciences Programs

Student Research and Educational Travel Funding. The College of Arts and Sciences provides funds to support undergraduate and graduate student travel for research, presentation of research, or other educationally valuable purposes.

Graduate Student Senate Programs

Graduate Student Senate (GSS) Research & Conference Grants. The Graduate Student Senate (GSS) offers grants to assist graduate students of the University of Oklahoma in research and scholarly participation. These grants are designed to encourage graduate students to attend and/or present at professional and graduate conferences, creative exhibitions, and career fairs or to facilitate scholarly research.

Other Sources

Presidential International Travel Fellowship. These fellowships were initially funded from an endowment established with the proceeds from the sale of the University's Hacienda "El Cobano" in Colima, Mexico. President David Boren has increased these fellowships by allocating more funds in support of international travel for study abroad. This fund provides money specifically to help with the travel portions of OU students’ experiences abroad.

Neustadt and Puterbaugh Student Research Grant Program. World Literature Today provides research grants to cover the cost of buying books and other research materials and to travel to research and conference sites. Although these grants are intended to assist students working with authors in the Neustadt and Puterbaugh courses sponsored by WLT, students who are not taking these courses but are working in areas relating to literary and international studies may also apply for a research grant. Grants are given on a monthly basis, and students may submit the following application at any time.