The SJS Foundation - Travel Grant

Travel Grant Round 2 is Now Open

October 28 – Nov 30 for travel during December 1 – March 31.

The Shelby Jane Seyburn Foundation Travel Grant was founded by the family and friends of Shelby Seyburn and the students and staff of Oakland University to honor the memory of Shelby, a 2017 Oakland University honors graduate, who lost her life in a car accident in 2017.

Starting in 2018, the Foundation provided grants to 6 students totaling $4,000.00 for its first year of operations. For 2019 we have plans to double the budget, expand into fall and winter conferences and hope to provide double the grants.

In 2019 we gave out 13 grants totaling $3,800.00, and we plan on doubling that total before the end of this year.

Our Program Is Twofold:  1) To maximize learning opportunities and foster educational experiences among undergraduate and graduate students. 2) To support the research efforts of the Oakland University Psychology Department by funding grants to students for the specific purpose of participation in professional event.

Eligibility: All Psychology students participating in a lab at Oakland University are eligible to apply for the SJS Travel Grant. Dollar amounts of grant awards fluctuate each lab related event based on our investment earnings. Amounts vary: Applications for domestic travel may receive up to $600.00 Applications for international travel may receive up to $1000. This grant is for students seeking financial assistance to attend a Lab Related Event.

  1. Travel to attend/present at academic or professional conferences (all regional, national, and international conferences will be eligible)
  2. Travel to participate in professional research related skills training workshops
  3. Travel to conduct research activities (e.g. travel to study site to collect data, purchase research materials, such as, poster board, etc.)

Travel Grant Application Schedule

The SJS Travel Grant Program has two rounds per academic year (with deadlines of March 31 and November 30).

Travel Grant Round  For Travel During
October 15 – Nov 30 December 1 – March 31
Feb 15 – March 31 April 1 – November 30

Awards may be used to cover the following:

  • Airfare
  • Lodging
  • Note: if you are sharing a room with other students, you will be reimbursed for your % of the room expense (e.g. Room rate is $300 and (2) students share a room, we will reimburse you for $150).
  • Meals
  • Local transportation
  • Mileage
  • Event registration fees
  • Workshop fees
  • Membership fees only if membership is required to attend the conference/event

If you have questions regarding the eligibility of an item for funding which is not on the above list, please email Dr. Kanako Taku at

  • Applications must be submitted by November 30, 2019 for all events December 1 – March 31.
  • You must complete the application electronically.
  • A recommendation from your faculty supervisor is also required. Faculty recommendations will be submitted online. A link will be emailed directly to requested Faculty Member.
  • Ensure all information is completed prior to submitting application.
  • Applicants will be notified via email as early as Dec 1, 2019.
  • Reward recipients will be required to submit invoices/receipts for all expenses incurred, as well as, proof of event attendance in order to receive financial reimbursement. Recipients will be reimbursed for the total amount of the receipts up to the amount awarded.
  • Applicants who were not awarded are eligible to reapply during subsequent rounds in the same fiscal year.
  • Funds will be distributed via check within two to three weeks of receipt submission.

If you are awarded a Travel Grant but are unable to attend or would like to decline your award, please notify the SJS Grants Chair at info@ShelbyStrong.Life Attn: Eden Floyd. Any questions should be directed to Dr. Kanako Taku at: office phone: 248-370-2309; email: