The Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences

Huck Institutes Graduate Travel Award

Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences Graduate Travel Award made possible by the J. Lloyd and Dorothy Foehr Huck Endowment


The Huck Institutes Travel Award Fund is intended to provide doctoral students of the Huck Institutes with greater experience and networking opportunities by attending scientific meetings and to help elevate the profile of our graduate programs by supporting more students to present their research.  Specifically, this fund provides travel support to Huck doctoral candidates presenting/giving a talk at a domestic or international conference.


IDGP chairs can choose to provide travel support with an accepted abstract or invitation to speak at a national or international meeting. This support can be provided up to two times for each doctoral student (only one time per fiscal year per student). Maximum awards are $750 for domestic travel and $1500 for international travel.  Decisions to support travel must be communicated well in advance to Dana in Grad Ed.



Huck graduate students that have been invited to talk or to present  a poster (must include invitation to talk/abstract for poster).  Students are only eligible to receive the award twice during their career at Penn State but ONLY once per fiscal year (July - June). It is required that students must apply for the funds PRIOR to the travel in order to be reimbursed. If not submitted prior to travel, it will not be be considered for a Huck Travel Award.


Application requirement:

All student applicants must submit a request form The form will be sent to their respective program chairs for review and approval. If the student is approved then the student will receive an electronic approval. 


Allowable expenses with documentation (no per diem/other expenses):

  • Transportation (air fare, mileage, etc.)
  • Lodging
  • Conference registration


Amounts (must be reconciled within 30 days after travel):

Up to $750 for domestic travel and $1,500 for international travel.

Upon completion of the trip, grad students are to submit their receipts to their home department financial staff for processing.


International Travel Requirement:

All Penn State international travel requires pre-approval by the Travel Safety Network (TSN). Approval must be submitted at least 30 days prior to trip at:
A photocopy of the TSN e-mail approval must be submitted with receipts upon completion of travel for reimbursement.


Fine Print:

  • All travel must be completed prior to your assistantship termination/graduation. 
  • All expenses and charges must fall within the Penn State Travel Policy and request for reimbursement must be submitted within 30 days of travel completion.
  • If you are a student in Cell and Developmental Biology, Genetics, Immunology & Infectious Diseases, Molecular Medicine, or Molecular Toxicology, please apply using the MCIBS Program Area.