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Scholarships and Travel & Research Grants

Click the name of a scholarship or travel and research grant for information on award amounts, eligibility, deadlines and how to apply. Current OU students may also apply for some scholarships through CASH (the Centralized Academic Scholarship Hub).

Robberson Travel and Research Grants

Robberson grants provide financial assistance to outstanding students who are in the early phases of a research project that is leading towards a significant product of creative activity or who are presenting their research at professional conferences. Such activities include dissertation or thesis research, publications, and national exhibitions or performances.

Updated instructions for the Robberson Travel Application:

Funding is limited. In order to ensure that students do not incur expenses that cannot be reimbursed, applications must be submitted by the Robberson deadline that falls at least 30 days prior to the departure date.

Exceptions to this policy can be made when the student provides documentation indicating that acceptance to the conference was received after the target deadline. Summer travel will be considered during the Spring semester (prior to travel) or retroactively by the September 15th deadline. Because the evaluation committee does not meet during the summer, we have made this exception to ensure that summer travel applications are evaluated after travel takes place.

Updated instructions for the Robberson Research Application: 

Funding is limited. In order to ensure that students do not incur expenses that cannot be reimbursed, applications that include travel must be submitted by the Robberson deadline that falls at least 30 days prior to the departure date.

Exceptions to this policy will be considered when the student provides documentation indicating that it was not possible to submit an application by the target deadline. Summer travel will be considered during the Spring semester (prior to travel) or retroactively by the September 15th deadline.

Similarly, requests for equipment and other research support should be submitted by the deadline that falls 30 days prior to the date when expenses will be incurred. Because the evaluation committee does not meet during the summer, we have made an exception to ensure that summer travel and research applications are evaluated after travel takes place.

Maximum Awards

Robberson Travel Award:

Students may receive up to $1800 per degree program. (Students may submit more than one application per degree program.)

  • $1000 of unmatched funds or the cost of travel; whichever is less
  • $500 of additional funding will be available if the student can show evidence of matching funds from an OU entity
  • $300 of additional funding will be available for international travel if the student can show matching funds from an OU entity

Robberson Research Award:

Master's Students
Master's students may receive up to $1000 per degree program. (Students may submit more than one application during the course of a degree program.)

  • $500 of unmatched funds or the cost of travel; whichever is less.
  • $500 of additional funding will be available if the student can show evidence of matching funds from an OU entity.

Doctoral Students
Doctoral students may receive up to $1500 per degree program. (Students may submit more than one application during the course of a degree program.)

  • $1000 of unmatched funds or the cost of travel; whichever is less
  • $500 of additional funding will be available if the student can show evidence of matching funds from an OU entity.

Eligibility Criteria for Applicants of the Robberson Travel and Research Grants

  • Must be in good academic standing and have an OU grade point average of 3.00 or better.
  • Must be enrolled during the semester they plan to travel.

Applicants for the Robberson Travel Grant must be an active presenter at the conference/exhibition.

Fellows who receive professional development funds from the Graduate College are not eligible.

Application Deadlines: September 15, October 15, November 15, January 15, February 15, March 15, April 15.

Application Guides and Forms:
Robberson Conference Presentation & Creative Exhibition Travel Grant

Robberson Research & Creative Endeavors Grant

Examples of Successful Applications:
Travel Grant Application Example #1
Travel Grant Application Example #2
Travel Grant Application Example #3
Travel Grant Application Example #4

Research Grant Application Example #1
Research Grant Application Example #2
Research Grant Application Example #3

Robberson and Wethington Scholarships

The Robberson and Wethington Scholarships provide financial assistance for academically outstanding students to attend competitive and prestigious training/courses at other universities or institutions. Funding for this opportunity is provided from the Richard, Mary, & Glenn Robberson fund and the Mr. and Mrs. W.O. Wethington Scholarship fund. The eligibility criteria will determine which scholarship the applicant is awarded.

The Graduate College will fund a small number of these applications as a pilot program.  Applications where the department contributes significant cost sharing will be given priority in the review process.

Eligibility Criteria

  • International students studying in the areas broadly defined as natural sciences, history, business, engineering, or mathematics are eligible.
  • Domestic students in all fields are eligible.

Applicants for these funds must show evidence that the training/courses for which funding is requested will provide the following:

  • Knowledge that cannot be obtained at OU
  • Significant networking opportunities
  • A positive impact on the student’s career.

Applicants for these funds:

  • Must be in good academic standing and have an OU grade point average of 3.00 or better.

Fellows who receive professional development funds from the Graduate College are not eligible.

Application Deadlines: September 15, October 15, November 15, January 15, February 15, March 15, April 15.

Application Form:
Robberson and Wethington Scholarship Application

The Alice Mary Robertson Award

The Alice Mary Robertson award was established to honor the memory of Alice Mary Robertson, Oklahoma's first female representative in the United States Congress.  The purpose of the award is to stimulate an interest among graduate students in the study and interpretation of the contributions made by women to the culture and progress of Oklahoma as well as to awaken the public to a greater appreciation of these contributions.

The Alice Mary Robertson Award is a one-time award to a graduate student whose creative activity and/or scholarly or archival research enhances the appreciation of these contributions.  One award of $1,000 will be made annually.  A committee will select the recipients during the spring semester, based on an evaluation of the creative or research activity.

Visit the Women's and Gender Studies Program website for additional information.

Graduate Student Senate (GSS) Research and Conference Grants

The Graduate Student Senate accepts Research and Conference Grant applications twice a year. These grants are supplementary in nature and operate on a reimbursement basis. The Fall grant application is for travel and research expenses accrued from June 1 to December 31; the Spring application is for expenses accrued from January 1 to May 31. More information and application forms...