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UT Austin Faculty Research Grants

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UT Austin Faculty Research Grants

Maximum Award Available:
Domestic Research: $1,000
International Research: $2,000
Funded by the U.S. Department of Education

Available for any scholarly research dedicated to Europe. These funds may be used for travel for research on Europe-related topics, although in some instances the funding may be used to attend and/or present a paper at a conference if the applicant can demonstrate that doing so will markedly enhance his/her work on a research project. 

All travel must be pre-approved by the U.S. Department of Education and submitted to CES at least thirty days before purchase of tickets.

All travel must be completed by August 1, 2022 and receipts submitted to CES by August 8, 2022. 

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until funds are exhausted. Should funds reach a critical minimum before the final deadline, announcements will be posted on CES' websiteFacebook, and Twitter accounts.  
Priority application review deadlines:
  • October 15, 2021
  • December 1, 2021
  • January 28, 2022


International Travel

All flights to international destinations must abide by the Fly America Act and Open Skies Agreement. CES asks that all awardees do not purchase any tickets until your travel and flights have been approved by the folks at the Dept. of Education. These are federal guidelines and neither CES nor UT Austin staff have control over them.

The UT System Chancellor has extended the “Restricted Regions List” to include all countries outside the United States of America until at least December 31, 2021, after which the restriction may be extended. If you wish to pursue international travel plans with a CES Title VI NRC Faculty Travel and Research grant, you will need to obtain approval from the Global Risk and Safety team at Texas Global in order to travel abroad. All university-related international travel requests (business, educational, medical, research, presentations, conferences, competitions, etc.) for the Fall 2021-Spring 2022 terms must be reviewed and approved by the International Oversight Committee (IOC). Restricted Regions requests require Dean/VP and Chair approval. The policies and required steps that you need to take to obtain approval can be found here:

You will also need to follow the steps in the Faculty and Staff Restricted Region Travel page. CES or your home department’s administrative staff must submit a completed Request for Travel Authorization or RTA on your behalf. Additionally, you must complete the “Faculty/Staff Request to Travel to Restricted Regions” and COVID-19 Liability and Risk Waiver forms. CES staff cannot complete these two forms on your behalf; you (the traveler) must complete them, obtain signatures, and submit to the Global Risk & Safety team ( and obtain approval prior to your travel tickets being purchased. 

Beyond institutional approvals, you will also need to obtain approval from the Dept. of Education to travel abroad. Currently, the Dept. of Education is following guidelines established by the National Institute for Health (NIH), Center for Disease Control (CDC), and the US Dept. of State when evaluating requests to travel abroad. For the foreseeable future, the Dept. of Education will approve requests ONLY to countries carrying the following Dept. of State-issued travel advisories:

  • Level 1: Exercise normal precautions
  • Level 2: Exercise increased caution
  • Level 3: Reconsider travel

 The Dept. of Education will not permit NRC travel & research grant funds to be used toward travel, lodging, meals, etc. for countries that carry a “Level 4: Do not travel” warning. Should your country of destination’s warning be upgraded to “Level 4: Do not travel” after approval has been obtained, the department will retroactively rescind approval. Should this happen, CES staff will work with you to find alternative ways of using your FRG funds.  

Domestic travel

  • University-sanctioned domestic travel for business or study no longer requires exceptions by deans or vice presidents.
  • Per the Handbook of Business Procedures, a created and approved RTA (Request for Travel Authorization) is still required.
  • All air travel and rental cars must be booked through UT Contracted travel agencies or Concur. CES staff can assist with booking travel arrangements through UT’s Travel Management Services for any awardee. If you need to request that your travel arrangements be booked without using UT’s Travel Management Services, you must have a written exception from your Dean or VP stating your need to book the travel without using UT’s TMS.

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