Because of the pandemic and difficulty of international travel, this program is currently on hold.  Please check back in early in the spring semester for updates.

Research Abroad for Doctoral Students

The RAD program is changing for the 2019 academic year so that more doctoral students may participate and benefit from the program.  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 four to six weeks. 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. There will be two tracks, one for STEM students and one for students in the humanities and social sciences.


  • PhD Students
  • RAD funding is limited to UF PhD students who have advanced to candidacy.
    • STEM fields are broadly defined. Proposals are welcome from students in the life and physical sciences, mathematics, social, behavioral and economic sciences, engineering and computer science.  Typically, STEM students would be working in a laboratory or collecting additional field data to supplement their dissertation research.  An example would be to conduct a particular test that is only possible in one lab.
    • Humanities students may be from history, languages, art, and other social sciences. The award is intended to be a dissertation seed grant.  Humanities students may visit archives, museums, libraries, galleries, or other sites to collect information to enhance their dissertation research.

Program Requirements

Students should commit to spending four to six weeks continuously in residence at the foreign site. 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

  • For STEM students, the award amount is up to $5000.  A budget detailing expenses should be submitted.
  • For Humanities students, the award amount is $2500.  No budget is required but a description of how the funds will be spent should be included in the application document.

Due Dates

The RAD Award application process will run in spring 2021 and important dates will be posted in due course.

Proposal Preparation and Submission

Complete application packages should include: 

  1. Complete the RAD application form.
  2. 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.
  3. Current curriculum vitae (CV)
  4. For STEM students, a budget spreadsheet or table 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.
  5. For Humanities students, include a description of how you will be using the funds.  A budget table is not required as the full $2500 will be awarded.
  6. A letter of support from the Graduate Advisor.
  7. 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