Graduate Student Travel

Please note that PNB has a limited budget to support graduate travel, therefore the application process is a competitive one.  The following criteria will be evaluated when reviewing travel support applications:

  • To be eligible for PNB travel funding, you must be first author and present your own research as a poster or talk.  Any deviation from this (e.g. you ARE presenting the research but you are second author) must be presented as a special request to the graduate chair.


Meet the deadline!
There are two PNB deadlines in each fiscal year.  See below for upcoming deadlines.

  • Deadline 24 April 2018:  For travel between 01 May 2018 – 30 September 2018
  • Deadline 25 September 2018:  For travel between 01 October 2018 – 30 April 2019
  • Have you explored all possible avenues of obtaining travel grants (Supervisor, School of Graduate Studies) before submitting an application for travel funding to PNB?  
    • School of Graduate Studies deadlines and links: https://gsamcmaster.org/travel-grants/
    • Typically the SGS deadlines are first week of October, February, and June for travel in fall, winter, and summer, respectively.  
    • The SGS travel awards, if awarded, replaces the PNB travel award (you do not receive both).  It is very important to apply for alternative travel funding so that PNB and alternative travel funds can be shared among as many graduate students as possible.  
  • Have you secured matching funds from your supervisor?
  • Have you justified a reasonable budget?
  • Is this your first or second travel application within the current fiscal year?
  • Carefully consider these criteria as well as the other information requested on the travel application form. Then submit the completed form to Nancy Riddell:


Things you should remember when travelling (tips from Sally):

  • When sharing meals with others, ask for separate checks.
  • All meal receipts must be itemized.
  • Charge all alcohol to a separate check - alcohol cannot be charged to any Research Accounts.
  • If meals are charged to your hotel room, you must provide an itemized receipt; if you do not get one, you are required to call the hotel and have one sent to you.
  • An itemized hotel receipt is required unless the hotel is booked on a online website (eg. Expedia, Travelocity etc).
  • When sharing accommodations, ask for separate receipts upon check-out.
  • When booking airfare and/or hotels, please try to book your own, but if it is necessary to book together, please DO NOT book together with students in another lab, if you can avoid it. This presents a problem with using multiple grant numbers when the expense reports are submitted.


Things to remember when submitting your Expenses to Sally for reimbursement:

  • When handing in receipts for reimbursement, let Sally know if you received funding from the department or the GSA.  Also, let Sally know if you received any travel awards and what account number your supervisor would like her to charge.
  • Provide a conference programme (noting name of conference, location, and dates of conference).  A schedule at a glance is sufficient and can be printed off the internet.
  • Provide the itemized airfare/train itinerary with cost of airfare AND boarding passes.
  • Provide all original receipts, unless they are on-line receipts.  Please do NOT take photos of receipts and email them to Sally.


Important:  When charging your credit card, the receipt must say "charged to Visa/Mastercard ... noting the last four digits of card number", if your receipt does not say this, you must provide your credit card statement showing proof of charge.

  • If you are missing any receipts (eg. boarding pass, taxi receipt etc.) you must complete and submit a "Missing Receipt Form".
  • If amounts are in a currency other than Canadian dollars, you must provide proof of exchange, a credit card statement (an online statement) or a banking receipt showing the exchange rate you paid when exchanging money.  If you cannot supply proof of exchange, Sally will use the University Exchange for USD or the Bank of Canada rates for all other currencies on the date of purchase.
  • If meals are being charged to an Departmental/University/PDA/Start-Up grant, only "Meals with Receipts" can be claimed.  "Meals-per-Diem" are can only be charged to Tri-Council grants (NSERC/CIHR/SSHRC).

Contact Department

Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour (PNB)
Psychology Building (PC), Room 102
McMaster University
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton Ontario L8S 4K1
Canada