Student Group and Travel Funds

SNRE Funds for Student Groups

Thanks to a generous Class of 2011 gift and a substantial gift from an alumnus, SNRE student groups registered through the Center for Campus Involvement (CCI) can now apply for funds (up to $1,000) to help support their group activities.  These funds should supplement the MSA funding not be in lieu of MSA funding.  Funding requests will be reviewed on a first-come first-served basis; groups may register in advance of their activity to assure funds will remain.

Applications for funding will be accepted on a rolling basis.  The proposed activities, goals, and desired outcomes will be posted to the web to showcase how our students are engaging the student community.

Because funding is primarily designated for the benefit of the SNRE student community, priority will be placed on projects that are open to the broader community and have potential to engage as many students as possible (not all students may choose to participate, of course, but accessibility is important).  Ideally, proposed activities should 1) involve students from multiple tracks, degree programs (PhD, MS, dual degrees, etc); and/or 2) have a clear plan for engaging with additional groups, U of M departments, SNRE alumni, or external organizations. 

Proposed activities should clearly state how the activity will further the academic, professional, and/or community interests of the SNRE student community.

Proposed activity goals and desired long-term outcomes should be clearly specified.  Each proposal needs a detailed budget.

Only complete funding proposals will be reviewed:

  • Description of proposed activity
  • Goals and long term outcomes
  • Detailed Budget
  • SNRE student group shortcode number, contact name, and uniqname

SNRE Funds for Student-Alumni Engagement (SAEF)

Thanks to a generous class gift from the SNRE class of 2012 and an alumni donor match, SNRE has funds to bring together students and alumni of SNRE. Applications for events, programs or initiatives that are open to and seek to engage a majority of the student body take first priority for funding over smaller or more restricted events.

While the SAEF seeks to build community generally, the fund was created to address a lack of opportunity for meaningful engagement between students and alumni. Thus applications in which students and alumni are the primary participants take priority over other interactions with different sub-groups of the SNRE community. Funding requests where alumni to student and student to alumni interactions are the primary focus receive top priority. Other interactions (alumni-alumni, alumni-prospective students, alumni-faculty, staff, donors, friends of SNRE, etc.) will be considered as long as other criteria are met (ie. Event must have at least one student sponsor or co-sponsor) and sponsors provide justification for how the event, program or initiative fosters community.

Any event, program or initiative that seeks to provide an opportunity for “interaction” is eligible for funding. An “interaction” is defined broadly and includes, for example:

  • Web-based communication: email, video-chat, searchable database, social media, website
  • Telephone communication
  • In-person, group (formal and informal): symposiums, career panels, happy hours, dinners, speed networking, lectures, etc.
  • One-on-one: mentoring, informational interviews, research, etc.


  • Event, program or initiative must include both students and alums as the primary attendees
  • Non-students applying for use of funds must include a student co-sponsor for the event.
  • There is a $10/person maximum for funding allocated to the purchasing of food.
  • Funding cannot be used for the purchase of alcohol.
  • Funding cannot be used for a stipend or salary.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and should be submitted to the Office of Academic programs at least two weeks prior to the start of an event, program or initiative. Successful applicants will be notified by e-mail within 10 business days.

Funds will be dispersed as a reimbursement of expenses incurred. Receipts should align closely with the proposed budget. *Only actual expenses will be reimbursed. Receipts for amounts in excess of those outlined in the application budget will be reimbursed on a case by case basis.

Funds will be dispersed upon receipt of the following:

  1. Itemized receipts for any products or services (these should align closely with the proposed budget)
  2. A list of attendees. Names are sufficient, although e-mail addresses and other contact information is preferable.
  3. Thank you letters. If alumni are involved as co-organizers, speakers or some other important role, they should be recognized with a thank you letter. Letters or notecards can be sent by the organizers or the Alumni Office can provide pre-printed post cards. Copies of the letters or cards sent should be submitted to the Alumni Relations office. Note: It is certainly a nice gesture and a good way to stay in touch, but event organizers are not required to follow up with alumni who were involved simply as attendees, as in the case of a casual happy hour or other similar event.
  4. If the funds requested exceed $250, the event sponsors should submit a summary of the event and photos. Alumni Relations staff can assist in discussing possible options.


Travel Grants for Presenting at Conferences or Professional Meetings

If students are presenting at conferences or professional meetings, funds are available to defray expenses through both Rackham and SNRE.


  • One request per student per year (July through June)
  • Domestic Travel: $200
  • International Travel (PhD students only): $250 

NOTE:  If your academic travel (conference, research, internship, project/thesis work) takes you out of the U.S., you are required to register via the U-M Travel Registry and purchase the U-M Travel Abroad Health Insurance.   The health insurance is required even if you currently have insurance which provides for international travel.  Current price is $5.00 one-time administrative fee plus $1.10 per day.  Information and registration link.  After you have provided verification to OAP that you have registered and purchased the health insurance, we will distribute the funds to your student account.


  • One request per student per year (July through June)
  • Up to $800 for continental US travel
  • Up to $1,050 for travel to Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean and Europe
  • Up to $1,300 for travel to Africa, Asia, South America and Australia

International Institute Conference Travel Grants

The International Institute provides supplemental travel support for graduate and professional school students who are presenting papers at conferences in the U.S.A. and its territories.  Papers must be on international or area studies topics, and must have been selected by a juried process.  Students may apply each year for one travel support grant of up to $300. Learn more.

U-M Travel Registry

The U-M created an electronic travel registry, for students going abroad for research, class, or between-term break.  The Registry is a convenient, one-stop service that supports emergency communications, access to travel-abroad health insurance, and more.  University faculty, staff, and students are expected to register when traveling abroad for academic, business or any other University-related purpose. 

Why should I sign up with the travel registry?
The Travel Registry provides several critical services:

Emergency Communications
In the event of an emergency, the Travel Registry will help the University get in touch with you, and will support your ability to reach us to get urgent safety, health, security, and related information.
Health Insurance
The Travel Registry provides direct access to enroll in travel-abroad health insurance at a nominal price.  Students, faculty, and staff and their dependents are eligible.
Convenient Online Communications
The Registry gives you an online platform where you can share information with your department, your family, and others.  A downloadable option will soon be available for handheld devices.