Travel Grants


The Center for the Study of Women will continue to accept applications for the Spring 2021 cycle, including expenses to present at conferences remotely (e.g., registration fees). Please note that on November 5, 2020, UCLA released a travel notice suspending all nonessential University-related travel until further notice. If your travel is essential, Travel Accounting is requiring that a travel approval notice from the Dean’s Office be submitted with every travel reimbursement. If you are granted the award, you must provide the following information if your request includes physical travel:

  1. What is it about this research that can’t be handled remotely? 
  2. Is it something that can be postponed until travel restrictions are lifted or if it is time-sensitive, provide explanation. 
  3. What precautions are in place to maintain COVID-19 safety protocols during travel?

If you have any questions regarding acceptable expenses, please contact us prior to applying.


Funded through donations from friends and supporters of the Center for the Study of Women, travel grants assist graduate and undergraduate UCLA students with travel expenses related to academic or professional conference presentations and field research on women, gender, and sexuality.

CSW offers two grant cycles every year. For the Fall cycle (deadline in November), only travel that occurs between July 1-December 31 in the respective year will be considered. For the Spring cycle (deadline in March), only travel that occurs between January 1-June 30 in the respective year will be considered. If travel crosses two cycles, the funding cycle will be determined by your return date. If your application is selected, award will be paid via reimbursement based on receipts after travel is completed.

CSW cannot reimburse travel to states on the law AB 1887 prohibited list. Law AB 1887 prohibits state-funded travel to a state that has passed a law that (1) authorizes discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, or (2) voids or repeals existing state or local protections against such discrimination. For more information and the current list of states, review the Travel Notice: Assembly Bill 1887If your travel is to a state on the list, we cannot accept your application.


Maximum award is $500 (award amount and number of awards vary).

Funds are awarded in the Fall and Spring quarters.


Fall: Monday, November 9, 2020

Spring: Monday, March 29, 2021


  • Travel for the fall grant must occur on or between July 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020.
  • Travel for the spring grant must occur on or between January 1, 2021 and June 30, 2021.
  • Awardees will be selected on the basis of merit.
  • Awardees must be registered UCLA students and preferably a woman. Awardees must also be registered during the quarter when travel occurs and when the reimbursement is processed. For summer, students must be enrolled in the preceding spring quarter and subsequent fall or winter quarters.
  • Travel must be for research or a conference pertaining to women, gender, and sexuality.
  • For conference travel, awardee must provide evidence that the paper was delivered at a conference.
  • CSW reimburses the awardee only after receiving original (hard copy) receipts for eligible travel expenses.
  • Awardee(s) will be honored at the CSW Awards Celebration at UCLA in May/June 2021. Attendance is expected.

Special Notes

  • Students who are qualified under the CA Dream Act of 2011 are eligible to apply. Find detailed information on the Dream Act at
  • Students receiving financial aid are advised to consult with the Financial Aid Office about the potential effect of this award on their financial aid package.

To Apply

The application requires the documents listed below:

  1. Proposal describing research project or conference paper (maximum 2 single-spaced pages, including works cited)
  2. Curriculum Vitae/Resume
  3. Unofficial UCLA Transcripts (with most recent coursework)
  4. One Letter of Recommendation from a faculty member familiar with the research for which you are applying

Letter of Recommendation

The letter of recommendation should be uploaded via Submittable. Applicants will list the reference’s email address in the form and an email will be sent (once the application is submitted) via Submittable to the recommender with instructions on uploading.

If the recommender encounters difficulties uploading letters to Submittable, they may send it directly to with the name of the student and award for which they are applying.

Only complete applications will be considered. CSW must receive all required documents, including letter of recommendation, no later than 11:59 PM (PST) on November 9, 2020 (for Fall) or March 29, 2021 (for Spring).




For questions regarding CSW awards, fellowships, and grants, please contact the Management Services Officer.

Past Recipients