Travel Fund for Graduate Students

Application Deadline: Friday, March 15, 2024 (11:59pm)
Amount: Up to $800 per successful application 

About the Fund

We invite UBC graduate students from historically, persistently, and systemically marginalized groups to apply for the Centre for Asian Canadian Research Engagement (ACRE) Travel Fund for Graduate Students. This is a pilot program created to support graduate students who work broadly in the field of Asian Canadian and Asian Migration studies and/or with Asian Canadian communities. The fund supports ACRE’s twin goals of enhancing graduate student capacity for research on, for and with Asian Canadian communities, and for work that critically examines and expands the scope of Asian Canadian studies, especially from equity and intersectional perspectives.

The fund offsets travel-related scholarly activities in the 2024/25 fiscal year (April 1, 2024 – March 31, 2025). We will also consider retroactive claims for travel activities that occurred during the previous fiscal year (April 1, 2023 – March 31, 2024).

ACRE is a new research Centre (created in March 2022) committed to nurturing and facilitating community engaged Asian Canadian scholarship and university-community relationship building. We work closely with existing units and groups such as the Asian Canadian and Asian Migration Studies program (ACAM) to build capacity and infrastructure to support and amplify the diverse work of our faculty, students, alumni and community members. We would like to thank ACAM for hosting our content while we work on building our own website.

Funding Priorities

  1. Applications from graduate students currently registered in a UBC program; 
  2. Applications from UBC graduate students from historically, persistently and systemically marginalized (HPSM) groups;
  3. Applications from graduate students who work broadly in the field of Asian Canadian, Asian Migration studies and/or with Asian Canadian communities, especially those whose work critically examines and expands the scope of Asian Canadian studies from equity and intersectional perspectives; 
  4. Applicants whose home department resides in the Faculty of Arts; 
  5. Applicants currently without existing funding to completely cover their proposed scholarly activity(ies).

Eligible Costs 

  • The fund can be used to support multiple trips, or simply be used to offset the cost of one major expense, such as a round-trip flight
  • Transportation, such as airfare, train, bus, and car (mileage, gas and/or rental) costs
  • Accommodation costs
  • Conference or conference programming-related fees
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner)
  • Funding cannot be used to cover the costs of equipment, administrative and operational costs for UBC units and community organizations, or alcohol (or related costs such as liquor licenses).
  • Please note that expenditures must adhere to UBC Policies on Travel:

We have set up an FAQ page to address some commonly asked questions.  If there are any other questions regarding the travel fund or the application process, please contact

Funding Amounts

Each applicant can apply for up to $800, with a maximum total of $8,000 to be disbursed for this pilot round. 


Successful applicants will be invited to an informal celebration of Asian Canadian graduate student research and engagement at UBC (hosted by ACRE and ACAM in September or October 2024). Successful applicants will also be asked to submit a 200-word write-up summarizing the impact of the fund (Deadline: March 31, 2025). While optional, we welcome the inclusion of photos and videos as part of the report summary. With recipients’ permission, written summaries and multimedia content may be used for promotional/storytelling purposes for ACRE.