Students in the Ph.D. Program are encouraged to engage in academic and research activities that might include presenting in both local and national conferences. In order to receive financial assistance from the department, you must follow Department Travel Policies and Procedures.

Before Travel

In order to be eligible for travel reimbursement, you must be presenting at a conference and the presentation must be related to your dissertation work.  The maximum amount of reimbursement is $500 per year.  You must apply for departmental approval before you travel.

To apply, submit the following documents at least 30 days before travel:

If it is your first time applying, submit the following forms:

After Travel

Within 30 days after travel, submit the following documents:

  • Travel Expense Statement (XLSX)
  • Conference agenda showing your name and presentation
  • Itemized receipts for the expenses you are claiming, which can include:
    • Conference registration
    • Lodging (AirBnB is not reimbursable)
    • Airfare
    • Car rental (Hertz and Enterprise only)
    • Taxi or ridesharing service
    • Parking
    • Presentation materials


  • All receipts must be itemized and show proof of payment. If a receipt does not show the method of payment, a credit card or banking statement showing the charge must be supplied
  • A receipt showing a total amount paid instead of individual charges is not acceptable and likely will NOT be reimbursed. The best way to insure reimbursement is to deal with the hotels and airlines directly (i.e. do NOT use Expedia, Orbitz, or other websites)
  • If you are claiming personal vehicle miles for reimbursement, you will need to provide mileage information. You must provide a rental car comparison to get a full mileage reimbursement
  • You do not need to submit meal receipts. Meal expenses are claimed through per diem rates. Current per diem rates can be found here


  • Traveler's name
  • Name of airfare provider
  • Ticket number
  • Type of seating (coach, economy, etc)
  • Departure and arrival dates/times
  • Departure and destination locations
  • Airfare rate
  • Breakdown of charges and taxes
  • Total amount paid
  • Method of payment

Car Rental

  • Traveler's name
  • Name of car rental agency
  • Out and return dates/times
  • Daily rental rate
  • Number of days rented
  • Breakdown of charges and taxes
  • Total amount paid
  • Method of payment


  • Traveler's name
  • Name and location of facility
  • Arrival and departure dates
  • Daily room rate
  • Breakdown of charges and taxes 
  • Total amount paid
  • Method of payment


Please go to the Travel Services page for more information.

If you are interested in viewing university policies, visit the UWG Office of Controller Institutional Guidelines and Procedures.