Research Abroad for Doctoral Students

The RAD program provides funding for travel and travel related expenses for doctoral students to travel abroad to collect data or to access resources not available on campus at partner institutions. Stays abroad can range from one to three months. The program is not meant to fully support field research but rather to supplement ongoing doctoral research with resources available abroad. This opportunity is intended to enable doctoral students to expand their network of potential collaborators while also helping to build bridges between UF and international partners.


  • PhD Students
  • RAD funding is limited to UF PhD students who have advanced to candidacy in STEM fields, broadly defined. Proposals are welcome from students in the life and physical sciences, mathematics, social, behavioral and economic sciences, engineering and computer science.

Program Requirements

Students should commit to spending a minimum of one month and typically no more than three months continuously in residence at the foreign site. The program may consider a longer duration if there is strong justification and the student has supplemental funding to support the additional costs. Students must be actively engaged in research or learning that directly contributes their doctoral programs. Students completing the program must complete a comprehensive trip report that details their activity, research goals, the collaborative experience and how the research contributes to the development of scholarly output.

Amount of Award

Maximum funding for RAD awards is $10,000, depending on needs as detailed in proposal budget. 

Due Dates

Information Sessions

  • Tuesday, September 4, 11-12pm
  • Wednesday, September 5, 1:30-2:45pm

 Application Deadline

  • Monday, October 22, 5pm

Announcement of Award

  • November 11, 2019

Proposal Preparation and Submission

Complete application packages should include: 

  1. A statement describing the proposed trip, explaining the scientific rationale, the choice of the host site, the expected outcomes and goals, and the anticipated impact of the stay abroad to the applicant’s career and scholarly goals.
  2. Current curriculum vitae (CV)
  3. Budget plan detailing expected travel costs. Please do not use US State Department rates which would significantly inflate the budget. We suggest that 62% of the lodging rate is a reasonable estimate and that per diem rates also be justified accordingly.
  4. A letter of support from the Graduate Advisor
  5. A letter of support from the host institution, which should be an internationally recognized laboratory or field research site (If multiple sites, submit a letter from each institution).

Submit your proposal in one PDF file to


Claire Anumba, Special Project Coordinator, Office for Global Research Engagement, University of Florida International Center. E: T: 352-273-0544