CRE2 is excited to announce a new opportunity to support CRE2 Graduate Student Affiliates. This year, we will be funding travel grants to support students attending research and professional development conferences.

The Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity & Equity will offer a limited number of Graduate Student Conference Travel Grants of up to $1,000 to support conference travel activities related to the advancement of the CRE2 mission, three CRE2 pillars, and the 2020-2023 CRE2 Programmatic Themes.

These grants are reviewed on a rolling basis and will be awarded until the funds are exhausted.

Tiers of Support

Presenting (Domestic): Up to $750

Presenting (International): Up to $1,000

Attending as a Participant (Domestic or International): Up to $500


Only CRE2 Graduate Student Affiliates are eligible to apply for grants under this program. Eligibility is limited to one Graduate Student Travel Award per academic year.

Proposal Format

Proposals should include the title of the conference you are attending, location of conference, and date(s) of conference. In your proposal also indicate whether you are attending as a presenter or participant. If you are presenting, please provide the title and the description of the paper or presentation (abstract). As well, please provide a short statement about the conferences relevance to the study of race and ethnicity. If you are not presenting and are just attending the conference, please provide a brief description of how this conference will advance your studies. As well, please provide a short statement about the conferences relevance to the study of race and ethnicity. Applicants should also include a proposed budget for your travel to the conference. Proof of registration or acceptance is also required.

Grant Submission, Notification, and Award Period

The Graduate Student Travel Award application cycle is now open for AY 23-24.

Proposal submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis however there are a finite number of these awards for each academic year. Applications will be accepted until funds are expended. Awards will be announced within two weeks of submission. Project funds must be used within six months. Requests for extensions will be granted only for unexpected circumstances.

Budget Guidelines

Budget proposal should include estimated costs for registration fee, lodging fee, meals, airfare, and any other anticipated expenses.

Review and Selection

The CRE2 Leadership Team will screen all submitted proposals to determine whether they align with the program’s goals and will review qualifying proposals.

Monitoring and Grantee Obligations

The Center’s Associate Director will monitor progress on Graduate Student Travel Awards. Grantees will provide an expense report upon request. Grantees will submit a final progress report and any products of the grant within one (1) month after attending the conference and will notify CRE2 of any proposals and scholarly works subsequently submitted or awarded/accepted. Potential grant products and scholarly works include publications; grant proposals; recordings; installations or exhibits; documentation of conferences, symposia, or residencies; and scholarly awards or honors.

All presentations and papers generated with the support of a CRE2 Graduate Student Travel Awards will acknowledge the program using the statement, “This work has been funded by the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity & Equity at Washington University in St. Louis Graduate Student Travel Awards program, but the views remain those of the authors.”

2023-2024 Graduate Student Conference Travel Awardees


Messi Lee

Messi Lee

PhD Student, Division of Computational and Data Sciences

Machine Learning
Quantitative Methods
Stereotyping and Prejudice