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Foreign Travel Fund

Program Objective

SARIF foreign travel funds provides one third the cost of foreign travel for faculty to present the results of their scholarly activity at meetings or conferences and are to be used for international meetings and conferences held outside the 50 states of USA. The maximum award is $1,000, except for Canada which has a maximum award of $500.



Full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty are eligible to apply however other faculty requests may be considered. Faculty members who are not tenured or tenure-track may apply for these travel awards. Long-term benefit to the university should be clearly described in the request.

Preference is given to younger faculty members. No more than two representatives from a single academic unit may receive SARIF funding to attend the same conference. Consideration will also be given to the significance and quality of the conference, as indicated by sponsorship and history.


Submission Process

Faculty member completes application that includes a trip description, purpose, dates of the trip, conference title and website, conference dates, estimated budget and a list of estimated expenses. The application will be submitted to the department head for approval who will route to the Associate Dean for Research for college-level approval. The Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research Development will provide final approval and notify the faculty member.

There is no formal application deadline, however the SARIF Foreign Travel funds are limited. Applications can be submitted here: Foreign Travel Fund.


Award Terms

Funding is based on actual expenses up to the amount approved. Requests that do not result in actual expenses are not carried over into the subsequent fiscal year unless prior approved.

Please direct inquiries to: AVCRD@utk.edu