Eligibility: Travel grants are available to both active members and newcomers. Newcomers are individuals who have not attended a SAIR conference in the past and will become new members of SAIR at the annual conference.
Applying for Grants: To be considered for the travel grants, applicants must complete the electronic travel grant form. The link to this form can be found on the SAIR travel grant page below and will also be included in communications about the conference. Applicants will upload a brief curriculum vita/resume, a description of how attending the conference will contribute to their professional development, and a statement of financial need and existing financial support.
Questions about the travel grants should be submitted to the Member-at-Large for Member Engagement and Marketing at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The travel grant application form for the 2022 Conference in New Orleans can be found here.
Deadline is August 1, 2022.
Awarding of Grants: Recommendations by the Member-at-Large to the Board of Directors for travel grant awards will be based on information submitted in the application materials. Applications from individuals who have not received a travel grant from SAIR within the past two years will receive priority.
Travel grant awards and checks will be presented during the closing meeting of the SAIR conference. Travel grant recipients are expected to stay for the entire conference and must attend the closing meeting to receive their award and check.
- Newcomers Grants for First-time Attendees: A maximum of eight grants in the amount of $300.00, plus waiver of conference registration fee, will be available each year for travel to the SAIR conference. To be eligible, applicants must have never attended a SAIR conference.
- Bill Fendley Travel Grant for Second-Year Attendees:
This grant in the amount of $300.00, plus waiver of conference registration fee, will be available each year for travel to the SAIR conference. To be eligible, applicants must have attended the SAIR conference as a Newcomer the previous year.
The Bill Fendley Travel Grant was established in 2007 to honor William R. Fendley who was a Distinguished Member, recipient of the James R. Montgomery Outstanding Service Award, and a Past President of SAIR. Bill served as a mentor to many and was always one of the first to greet newcomers to the profession and/or the organization.
- Larry G. Jones Graduate Student Travel Grant: This grant, in the amount of $500, plus waiver of conference registration fee, will be available each year for travel to the SAIR conference. To be eligible, applicants must have submitted a scholarly paper which has been accepted for presentation at the annual SAIR conference. Applicants must either be currently enrolled as a graduate student or have graduated in the spring or summer term immediately preceding the SAIR conference. Only master's or doctoral level students and recent graduates from accredited institutions of higher education are eligible. Established in 2005 to honor past SAIR president and executive board member Larry G. Jones, the travel grant will be awarded annually to a deserving graduate student who meets the award criteria outlined below. The Awards Committee will use the following criteria:
- 50% = Student's contribution to the project (e.g., Was the student first author? To what extent did the student contribute to the completion of the project? Was the student aware of the significance of the project? Did the student work independently?)
- 25% = Quality of the project (e.g., Did the project appear to address an important question? Did the methods appear appropriate? Did the project appear particularly easy or difficult to conduct?)
- 25% = Quality of the candidate's statement
- Edith H. Carter Travel Grants: A maximum of ten grants in the amount of $500.00 will be available each year for travel to the SAIR conference. To be eligible, applicants must be a member of SAIR. The Edith H. Carter Travel Grant is named for a charter member of SAIR. In Atlanta in 1974, James R. Montgomery and Edith H. Carter co-chaired the first meeting of the Southern Conference for Institutional Research, which later was renamed the Southern Association for Institutional Research. She was a recipient of the James R. Montgomery Outstanding Service Award and an active member of SAIR for many years. Dr. Carter established a bequest of $5,000.00 per year for five years for the designated purpose of travel grants. This generous donation will fund travel grants for SAIR members for the 2019 to 2023 conferences.
Bill Fendley Travel Grant for Second-Year Attendees
- 2019 – Smriti Ingrole, Florida State University
- 2018 – Emily Wilkins, Auburn University
- 2017 – Phillip Brodeur, Auburn University at Montgomery
- 2016 – Melanie Fox, Radford University
- 2015 – Elizabeth Riesser, Kentucky Community and Technical College System
- 2014 – Marisa Yates, Miami Dade College
- 2013 – Austin Ryland, University of Alabama
- 2012 – Brenda Turner, Faulkner University
- 2011 – Terry Zhu, Lurleen B. Wallace Community College
- 2010 – Leslie Odom, University of Dallas
- 2009 – Joy Evans, McLennan Community College
- 2008 – Nikki Thompson, Alvin Community College
Larry G. Jones Graduate Student Travel Grant
- 2019: John Eric Novosel-Lingat
- 2019: Stephen Mayfield
- 2016: Holly Thomas
- 2014: Mondrail Myrick
- 2013: Jaya K. Soni
- 2012: Austin Ryland
- 2011: Jay Prakash Mishra
- 2010: Chary-Sy Copeland
- 2009: Emily C. Saleh
- 2006: Deborah Worley
Edith H. Carter Travel Grants
- Blake Robert
- Cassandra Sessoms
- Emily Campbell
- John LeMay
- Meaghann Wheelis
- Melinda Turner
- Melissa Lewis
- Patrick Sanger