Summer Travel Fund

We are pleased to announce a funding opportunity for ORFE students to travel and work or study away from home during the summer. Exploring new experiences, whether in non-typical domestic or **international locations, enhancing the diverse experiences of our student body.

This opportunity is made possible by a generous gift from ORFE alumnus Naman Jain ’17 who, inspired by his grandfather, Vijaya Kumar Gupta, and his lifelong commitment to education and love of travel, makes this gift in his memory.

We invite creative proposals for travel plans that amplify the Princeton and ORFE educational mission through unique summer projects or internships. Letters of intent should be submitted the Monday after the Thanksgiving break, November 29, 2021, with full proposals and budgets due on January 24, 2022. Funding will be up to $5000 for one award, or smaller amounts in the case of multiple awards.

Letters of Intent may be submitted via the ORFE UG Summer Travel Fund submission form.

Please take care to develop a thorough, accurate, and reasonable budget and justify your estimated costs in your statement. You are encouraged to consult the list of allowable expenses below when building your budget.

Expenses Covered

Costs are expected to be moderate; you are responsible for researching competitive pricing in order to maintain reasonable costs.

Travel to research sites in the US, unless the site is within 25 miles of your home town Travel expenses may include a daily food stipend (limited to $35 per day), accommodation and local transportation (expected to be through public transport unless safety is a concern). If your travel is overnight outside of the metropolitan New York City and Philadelphia corridor, you must obtain travel approval through the Enroll My Trip platform (EMT) at least two days PRIOR to travel. Your award will be revoked if you travel prior to receiving approval for your trip in Enroll My Trip. For questions related to EMT or the current University travel guidelines, please visit the Travel Enrollment page or the ,** Pandemic Travel Guidelines page. For a list of restrictions regarding the rental or use of vehicles while on University-sponsored domestic trips, visit the University Travel Website. Students may not schedule travel that conflicts with their end-of-semester exam schedule or academic obligations.

  • Travel to your destination

  • Stipend to cover housing and dining costs

  • Books (covered only if a personal copy is needed)

  • Conference fees

  • Off-campus data acquisition not covered by an existing lab grant or departmental thesis allocation; request should be itemized and justified.

  • Software specific to your research project not available through your department

Expenses Not Covered

 **International travel: University-sponsored undergraduate international travel remains suspended; until these restrictions are lifted, all related expenses will not be covered including airfare, passport and visa applications, vaccinations and medications for vaccine-preventable diseases and other diseases you might be at risk for at your destination.

  • Wi-Fi connection fees

  • Laptops, tablets, desktops and basic computer accessories (typically not covered unless specific to research, may be eligible for loaner program)

  • Cloud storage subscription (you may be eligible through OIT, contact (link sends e-mail) for details)

  • Hard drive (typically, department SCAD can provide NAS or cloud subscription options instead)

  • Purchase of capital equipment such as binoculars, recording or electronic machinery (we might cover rental costs)

  • Transcription services

  • Payment to individuals for services rendered

  • Tuition for instructional programs

  • Travel to hometown

  • Entertainment and/or personal expenses

  • Although not covered by this grant, we strongly recommend travel insurance. If the University deems your destination unsafe prior to travel, you will be responsible for returning the total award because the University cannot fund student travel in these circumstances.

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