Inquiry Dissemination & Travel Awards

Inquiry Dissemination & Travel Awards are intended to defray costs associated with sharing scholarly work, e.g. posters, lectures, workshops, or oral presentations at conferences, symposia, and academically-focused events. UCSF Medical Students are eligible to receive one Award per academic year, totaling up to four Awards by graduation. Awards are distributed based on funding availability.

Determine the date of application by applying within the same quarter as the planned conference, prior to travel.

Academic Calendar Link

  1. Limited to registered UCSF Medical Students.

  2. Limited to one Award per student, per academic year.

  3. Applications must be received prior to travel and during the same quarter in which the conference will be attended. However, if your travel date occurs less than one week after the start of a new quarter, you may submit for funding during the previous quarter. (E.g.: your conference is on 9/10 and the summer quarter ends on 9/6, you may apply during summer quarter). Retroactive requests are not accepted.

  4. All travel award expenses will be processed after the completion of travel, and require original receipts and documented dissemination, such as conference agenda, poster or workshop attendance.

  5. Eligible expenses include, but are not limited to: registration fees, airfare, ground transportation, hotels, meals, and presentation materials (e.g. poster printing). No alcohol or incidentals (e.g. phone calls) are reimbursable.

  6. Receipts that combine hotel and airfare costs (such as those from Travelocity, Expedia, Priceline, etc.) cannot be accepted.


The Inquiry Funding Faculty and Staff team are enthusiastic about helping UCSF medical students succeed in their research and funding applications. 

Contact us with questions, concerns, or feedback.


Application and reimbursement is a two-step process, beginning prior to travel.  First, submit a request for approval here: Application Link.

This application must be submitted in the same quarter during which travel is planned, at least five days before your departure.  Applications must be approved before travel, as post hoc applications will not be reimbursed. 

Reimbursements are issued via the Expense Reimbursement Form and the online MyExpense system, found in MyAccess. When you are ready to request reimbursement (after your application is approved, and after your conference has taken place), fill out the Expense Reimbursement Form and follow the instructions on adding a delegate in MyExpense.

Funding Sources
Funding Type
Travel and Dissemination