The Department of Health Policy and Management provides up to $500 per trip to support students presenting at professional conferences. Awards are limited to 1 per student per year.

Funding decisions are based on the quality of work being presented and the likelihood that the conference will enhance the student’s professional development. Preference is given to students who have not previously presented at a conference. Awards will not be granted to travel to the Population Association of America because the Maryland Population Research Center provides generous travel awards specifically to that conference. In the event that the MPRC grants are not available, talk with your advisor about funding for PAA.

Allowable Expenses

The award can be used to cover any University allowable conference-related travel expense including registration, airfare, lodging, meals, ground transportation, and poster printing. However, students are expected to minimize their travel costs wherever possible, including staying with a roommate, registering as a student member, and choosing a low-cost airline ticket. At the back of this application is a list of external travel scholarships that students are encouraged to apply for to further defray expenses.


  • Enrolled as a degree-seeking student in an HPM graduate program at the time of travel
  • Have been accepted to present at a conference
  • Note: The requirement that students apply for the UMD Graduate School Goldhaber Travel Grant has been suspended for those attending virtual conferences and requesting support for student registration fees. 

Submission Deadline

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please submit as soon as you are accepted to the conference to allow for sufficient review time. No more than half of the available funds will be awarded in the fall semester. The remainder will be awarded in the Spring and Summer.

Application Instructions

Complete application packets should be emailed to Luisa Franzini ( Your application package must include:

  • Completed HPM Student Travel Awards application form
  • Copy of conference abstract
  • Copy of conference acceptance
  • Completed Goldhaber application form. Do NOT submit to Goldhaber until AFTER you have been awarded an HLSA travel grant. 
  • Note: The requirement that students have a completed Golhaber application form is not applicable for the moment. You are only required to submit the first three bullet points.