The Council on Undergraduate Research’s Trimmer Travel Fund Award will support arts and humanities undergraduate scholars in presenting their research at professional meetings. The winner will receive an award of $1000.00 and recognition through CUR's media outlets and/or notifications through appropriate higher education publications. This award is supported by the CUR Arts and Humanities Endowment.
The fund was established by a gift from Joe and Carol Trimmer. Professor emeritus of English at Ball State University (Muncie, IN), Joe Trimmer is the founding director of the Virginia B. Ball Center for Creative Inquiry. He is the author of numerous books on literature and culture, and a contributor to 20 PBS documentaries. He has served on the CUR Executive Board as the representative of CUR's Arts and Humanities Division, and as a member of the Board of Directors of Indiana Humanities. Carol Trimmer has served as the outreach coordinator for IPR, Ball State University's NPR member station, as well as a member of the Board of Directors of Arts Place, a regional Indiana arts organization, and Muncie's nonprofit Gallery 308. 


Awardees receive:

  • The honor of being recognized as a Arts and Humanities Trimmer Travel Fund Awardee
  • In addition, $1000 will be awarded to the recipient to be used on travel to a professional meetings to share their research.


Students must submit the following:

  1. Application form (name, contact info, name of institution, major (and minor if applicable), title of project to be presented, name, location, and date of conference where accepted, name and contact information of primary research mentor).
  2. Research abstract (no more than 300 words)
  3. Proof of conference acceptance (for an event between May-August 2022)
  4. Travel plan/budget with indication of any matching funding available
  5. Agreement (I will use the Trimmer Award, if given to me, to attend the above indicated conference. I will supply CUR with a photograph of myself participating in the conference which may be used for publicity purposes).


This call is currently closed and will open again in Spring 2023. 

Please note that all CUR Award recipients are responsible for any and all applicable tax obligations associated with receipt of the award.

For questions or additional information about the Trimmer Travel Fund Award, please contact Lindsay Currie.