DToD Travel Grant

The Spring 2024 Round of Travel Grant Applications is now open! More information and application form available here.

Open to Current DToD Fellows Only

A trip for research fieldwork or student-arranged research internship is a signature element of the DToD program, providing an opportunity for students to connect the theory and practice of poverty action and/or conducting research in the field. The intention is for students to gain valuable learning experiences through working with companies, non-governmental organizations, government agencies, or community projects that focus on various dimensions of digital transformations as they relate to poverty or a low resource setting.

Financial assistance to travel is available to offset travel expenses and living expenses. This is awarded through a formal application process, and is primarily need-based. The DToD Travel grant is available to all DToD fellows (stipend funded or not, and of any residency or nationality).

For further information, please contact dtod-deveng@berkeley.edu.

Travel Applications will open each Spring, usually in the February – April time frame.

Student Expectations

To apply for internship travel grant as DToD fellow, please complete the DToD Travel Application and email it to dtod-deveng@berkeley.edu. Whether you get the travel grant or not, make sure you get travel insurance! As part of the DToD Internship experience you are required to:

  1. Complete a pre-internship reflection document (part of the application).
  2. Communicate with your faculty advisor or sponsor and receive their approval prior to beginning the research fieldwork or internship (your faculty advisor or sponsor must oversee your travel).
  3. Collect (in an ethical manner) photos/screenshots/video/audio representing the types of work and insights that you have during your internship (these must not be part of your research. If you are collecting such information as part of your research, you must have IRB approval before collecting it – please consult https://cphs.berkeley.edu/review.html for further information).
  4. Complete a post-internship reflection document.
  5. Be prepared to present insights in seminar or symposium to DToD fellows and faculty during one of the DToD seminars or annual meeting.
  6. All travel must comply with UC Berkeley travel guidelines. Including, but not limited to, lodging or meals & incidental expenses (M&IE) per diems. All airline travel must comply with the Fly America Act and thus must be booked by UCB staff to ensure compliance (you will not get reimbursed if you book it yourself) . If you expect other classes of expenses that are not listed above, but may be critical for your internship, please contact dtod-deveng@berkeley.edu prior to submitting your application.
Important Forms and Details

Below are important forms and resources. Please review them thoroughly before applying

  1. DToD Travel Application – includes budget, trip details, and pre-travel reflection template
  2. DToD Post-Travel Reflection Template
  3. Get insurance for business-related travel (Free)
  4. Budget: Daily Expenses Log
  5. Foreign Travel Reimbursement Form or Domestic/Continental Travel Reimbursement Form (Jessica Gamble will work with you to complete)

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. DGE-2125913. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.