International Conference Travel Supplements

The College recognizes the value of faculty participation at prestigious international conferences.  Given that travel to these conferences may be cost prohibitive, CHSS established a fund to help defray a portion of the travel costs for international overseas conference participation.

Requests for international conference travel supplements that involve travel to Canada or Mexico are no longer eligible for support.


All CHSS tenured and tenure-track faculty may apply for a travel supplement. They must be scheduled to present at an international conference. Recipients of previous international travel supplements are eligible to apply but priority will go to faculty who did not receive supplemental support in the past. Applicants may only receive one supplement each fiscal year.


The maximum travel supplement is $500.

Application Process

The College has created an online form to simplify the application process.  Department Chairs submit the online form on behalf of the faculty presenter. 

Eligible faculty should notify their chair or director when considering presentation at an international conference. Faculty should identify the name of the conference, the location of the conference, the dates of the conference, and the type and title of the presentation. 

Departments must provide partial support of at least $500 if the faculty member's participation is approved for the conference program.

Department Chairs can click here to apply for International Conference Travel Presentation funds on behalf of their faculty member. 

Upon approval of the request, the College will coordinate with the department to transfer funds to the home unit.  

Application Cycle

Because faculty learn of international conference opportunities throughout the year, the dean’s office takes requests throughout the year, pending funding.  Chairs and directors are encouraged to forward the request for supplemental college support as soon as departmental support has been approved.

Other Information

Expenses must be reconciled in the fiscal year of the award. This may be a serious inconvenience to faculty whose travel dates are close to the end of the fiscal year (June 30). If that is the case, faculty who receive these awards are invited to contact Michele Schwietz ( to work out the details for support.

For further information or questions please call 703-993-5569 or e-mail  Please indicate “International Conference Travel – Faculty Name” on the subject line of all electronic correspondence.