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Graduate Student Advisory Board (GSAB)

Dow Travel Award for Professional Development
The Dow Chemical Company is sponsoring graduate travel awards to support the travel of chemical engineering graduate students to present their research at a conference or participate in a workshop. These awards are allocated by the Graduate Student Advisory Board (GSAB) with a ceiling of $1000. The primary purpose of these awards is to promote professional development and career exploration. 

Award recipients will submit receipts for registration fees and travel expenses to GSAB for reimbursement. In addition, we require that all recipients submit a letter of appreciation for Dow’s generosity in funding these awards.

Students must be pursuing a graduate degree in Chemical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and must be registered at MIT for the term during which the award will be used. The conference or workshop must occur after the notification deadline. Students are able to receive the award one time, however students are eligible to apply multiple times.

Students must complete the award application materials comprised of the following:

  • Detailed cover letter explaining how the workshop or conference will contribute to professional growth or career exploration (include workshop/conference details: name of conference, date, location, website, anticipated costs)

  • CV or resume

  • Conferences: Copy of abstract submitted to conference (If you haven't submitted an abstract yet, a draft of what you will submit is acceptable.)

Please email the application materials to



Application Deadline

Notification Deadline

Spring 2017

February 17, 2017

March 3, 2017

Summer 2017

June 30, 2017

July 14, 2017

Fall 2017

October 27, 2017

November 10, 2017

Review Procedure
Each application will be independently evaluated by a panel of GSAB members. Proposals are reviewed on the basis of the following criteria:

- The degree to which the activity will enhance the academic experience of the MIT graduate student and/or expand his/her networks of linkages with other leading scholars or institutions.

- The extent to which the research or conference travel is currently unfunded.