Global Travel Fund

The Global Travel Fund (GTF) supports Miami University faculty and staff whose travel contributes to the internationalization of Miami University and can include travel for research, professional development, conference presentations, or international partnership development. The GTF is now the single source for faculty support from Global Initiatives, combining resources from both the prior Faculty Development Fund and the Philip and Elaina Hampton Fund for Faculty International Initiatives.

Funding for the 2021-2022 academic year is limited. Funded travel must be allowable under Miami travel guidelines beginning on or after June 1, 2021. We encourage all University travelers to get vaccinated before traveling and be familiar with the COVID-19 protocols and health requirements in the country you will be visiting.

Questions regarding the GTF can be directed to Karla Guinigundo.


The following guidelines are used when reviewing requests for GTF travel funding:


  1. Applicants must be full-time faculty/staff at Miami University and not in any "visiting" capacity.
  2. Grantees cannot receive funding in two consecutive academic years.
  3. Priority for GTF is given to applicants making their first-ever professional trip abroad.
  4. GTF funding for faculty/staff will match Department and/or Divisional support up to $500.

Graduate Students

A limited amount of funding is available to support graduate student research and conference presentations abroad. The following guidelines are used when reviewing requests for graduate student travel funding:

  1. Applicants must be full-time graduate students at Miami University.
  2. Graduate students can receive a GTF award once during their degree program
  3. GTF funding for graduate students will match Department and/or Divisional support up to $300. Amounts of Department and/or Divisional support should be indicated on the application form.


  1. All requests should be made electronically via the online application form. Requests are to include the completed application form, an estimated budget of travel costs, and a copy of the letter(s) of invitation, if applicable.
  2. Requests for GTF funding will be reviewed at the beginning of each month, with award letters being distributed by the 15th of the month.
  3. If approved, an electronic award letter will be sent to the applicant from Global Initiatives and copied to the departmental and divisional contact persons provided.
  4. For international travel, all Miami faculty, staff and students are strongly encouraged to purchase supplemental GeoBlue Insurance.
  5. GTF funds are provided on a reimbursement basis. A travel expense report must be submitted through the Chrome River travel and expense system within 30 days following the completion of travel. See your department administrator if you need assistance submitting a travel expense report.
  6. If your travel plans change, please inform Karla Guinigundo as soon as possible so that funds can be allocated to someone else.