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 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

  • The award amount is up to $5000.  A budget detailing expenses must be submitted.

Due Dates

Application deadline is midnight on Friday October 21, 2022. We will have information sessions on Wednesday September 14 at 10am and Friday September 23 at 2pm. Contact for more details if you would like to attend.

Proposal Preparation and Submission

Complete application packages should include: 

  1. Complete the RAD application form.
  2. A statement describing the proposed trip, explaining the 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. When completing the budget in the application form, 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. Please include a description of how you will be using the funds.
  6. A letter of support from the Graduate Advisor.
  7. A letter of support from the host institution, which should be an internationally recognized 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