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Dear UNC School of Medicine Medical Students,

Do you have research that you are planning to present outside UNC? Are you preparing for an upcoming conference?

The John B. Graham Student Medical Research Society is accepting applications for a limited number of travel awards (on average ~$100), generously funded by the UNC Medical Alumni Association. These awards are in the form of reimbursement for travel, conference registration fees, and housing expenses. The deadlines for consideration are March 15, August 15 and November 15th (by midnight, no exceptions). If you have already sent in your application, there is no need to resend it.

2020-2021 Update on travel awards: In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, JBG is expanding the scope of research activities eligible to be funded by JBG Awards. Students may apply for funding to go toward virtual conference registration fees and publication fees for accepted papers. In addition, we will accept applications for funding toward events/items that transpired (or will occur) between the March 15 and November 15 deadlines (ie. retroactive funding) to make up for the fact that these awarding periods were unavailable.

The next application deadline is November 15th as described above.

Students who have not previously received a JBGRS travel award and are current John B. Graham society members (this includes ALL students who have presented at UNC Student Research Day) are eligible to apply. Priority will be given to students applying for funding for an upcoming conference.

Please send all documents as one PDF.

Your application will need to include:

  • A filled-out application sheet
  • A copy of the accepted abstract (of which the student should be the first author)
  • A copy of the invitation to present or confirmation letter from the meeting; or a copy of letter confirming manuscript acceptance
  • A letter of support from the student’s research preceptor describing the student’s role in the project and what funding support is available to the student for travel

At this time, you do not need to have the department head sign the forms.

Find out more about applying for travel awards.

    1. Travel Award Information
    2. Travel Award Application
    3. Student Non-Employee Travel Agreement
    4. Prior Approval Travel Request Form

Submit your application by sending all required forms to the current JBG Research Opportunities Vice Presidents – Stephen McMahon ( and Nakisa Sadeghi (