GPSC Travel Grants
The GPSC awards travel grants for graduate and professional students who are attending or presenting research at academic or professional conferences. In certain cases, funding may be awarded to students who are attending competition or are conducting research elsewhere. However, these students should contact the Travel Grants Program prior to applying. In cases where an applicant will not be making a presentation, the student statement and the faculty letter of recommendation should explicitly explain the importance of attendance for the student's professional development. Please submit all correspondence concerning the Travel Grant Program to email@example.com.
Travel grants are made possible by funds provided by the GPSC, the Graduate College, and Student Affairs fees.
Travel Grant Application (Right-/Control-Click Save on your computer)
Travel Grant Submission Form (Login First)
- Travel Grants Instruction Videos
- Online Travel Grant Information Form (Log In First)
- GPSC Travel Grant Application (Right-/Control-Click Save on your computer)
- Faculty Online Recommendation Form
- GPSC Travel Grant Document Flowchart
- GPSC Travel Grant Evaluation Rubric
- GPSC Travel Guide Brochure
- Travel Expense Report (Right-/Control-Click Save on your computer)
- Sharing Hotel Rooms and Other Expenses Q&A
- Meals and Lodging Cost Index (accepted per diem rates)
- Travel Grants Judge - Register Here! (Login First)
- Travel Grant Information Session Registration: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20th
Awards are contingent upon the availability of funds and the number of applications received. The evaluation committee will award up to a maximum of $500 per student, even though the cost of attending the conference may exceed that amount. A maximum of three (3) nights' hotel stay and four (4) days per diem will be covered.
Students are highly encouraged to apply according to their financial need. Realistic award amounts will receive a higher score during evaluation. The student's effort to obtain sources of funding will be viewed positively by the committee.
The GPSC Travel Grant is not a guaranteed source of funding. Travel grant awardees are not guaranteed to receive funding before their travel begins. We encourage students to submit the required application materials by the earliest eligible travel grant deadline.
The applicant must be enrolled as a student in a graduate or professional degree program at the University of Arizona (i.e. must pay student service fees).
Travel must be completed prior to graduation.
For the April, June, August, and December travel grant rounds, applicants who plan to graduate during that same term, must turn in their Travel Expense Report prior to being funded. If your travel has already taken place at the time that your application is due, you must submit your expense report along with your application. For instance, if you apply during the April grant round and your travel took place sometime in March, you must submit your expense report along with your application.
The applicant must be in good academic standing.
Applicants are eligible to receive one travel grant per fiscal year; the fiscal year begins on July 1. For the purposes of implementing the 'one award per year' policy, all awards are treated as given on the application deadline. A student may apply as many times as desired per year until they are granted an award, as long as they apply within the rules of the program.
*Note: Group applications are not allowed. If several students are attending the same event, each student must apply separately for funding, and each student must be responsible for creating their own application. Identical applications will be automatically disqualified from that round of funding.
A Travel Grant application can only be submitted for travel that will begin no later than six months after the travel grant deadline, or which began within one month prior to the deadline. The travel eligibility dates for each travel grant round are as follows:
- August 1: Applications accepted beginning July 1.
- Eligible Travel Dates: July 1 through January 31
- October 1: Applications accepted beginning September 1.
- Eligible Travel Dates: September 1 through March 31
- December 1: Applications accepted beginning November 1.
- Eligible Travel Dates: November 1 through May 31
- February 1: Applications accepted beginning January 1.
- Eligible Travel Dates: January 1 through June 30
- April 1: Applications accepted beginning March 1.
- Eligible Travel Dates: March 1 through September 30
- June 1: Applications accepted beginning May 1.
- Eligible Travel Dates: May 1 through November 30
For example, to be eligible to apply for the December 2011 grant round, travel would need to take place anytime between November 2011 and May 31, 2012. Another way to look at this, is if for example, a student is attending a conference in May 2012 and would like to request funding from the GPSC… the student would be eligible to apply for the December, February, April and/or the June grant rounds.
Applications must be submitted through our online system by 5:00 PM Arizona Time on the deadline date. In the event that a given deadline does not fall on a business day, applications must be submitted by 5:00 PM Arizona Time of the first business day following the application deadline. Aside from the preceding exception, there are no deadline extensions, and late applications will not be considered.
If the student submits well before the deadline, but is missing any component of the application, the student will be contacted and asked to submit the missing components prior to the deadline.
The GPSC sends a notification email within two business days of receiving an application. If you have not received a confirmation email within this timeline, please contact UNIONfirstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications are reviewed by graduate students from various colleges across campus. Each application will be reviewed by two judges, who will both evaluate the same group of applicants. Each judge will give a score, and the two scores will be combined to give a composite score for each application. After the judges submit their evaluation scores, a cutoff score is generated based on the number of applications and the amount of funds available. Officers and staff of the GPSC and the Graduate College do not evaluate the applications.
For more information regarding the criteria used by the travel grant judges to evaluate the travel grant applications, please refer to the GPSC Travel Grant Evaluation Rubric.
Serving as a Travel Grants Judge is a wonderful experience and allows you the opportunity to get an insider's perspective on evaluating travel grant applications and could improve your chances of receiving a future travel grant award. Other reasons to be a judge, includes:
- You have something additional to write in the service area of your CV or resume
- You will get an insider's perspective on an evaluation process similar to how major granting agencies such as the NSF/NIH/NEH evaluate dissertation and other academic and professional research grants
- You can be involved in a small but central part of student governance
The evaluation process should take no more than 2-3 hours of your time, including going over the guidelines. If you are interested in serving as a Travel Grants Judge for the upcoming travel grant round, please follow the registration directions posted below. PLEASE NOTE: You MAY NOT serve as a Judge for the same grant round in which you apply.
How to Register to be a Travel Grants Judge:
- Before you do anything else, login using your NetID and password by clicking on the “UA NetID” button located on the right hand side of your browser window.
- Go to the Travel Grants webpage located under the "Funding Opportunities" tab.
- Next, click on the “Travel Grants Judge - Register Here!” link under "Forms and Links".
- Fill in the fields that appear and you are set!
Once you have registered, the Travel Grants Director will send more detailed instructions regarding the evaluation process. Thank you in advance for your support!
In order to receive a Travel Grant award, a student must have a Social Security Number (SSN) or an Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN). For more information, visit the Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid's (OSFA) Frequently Asked Questions webpage.
How to apply: A student may apply at the local Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Taxpayer Assistance Center:
The IRS will return to the student a copy of the W-7 with a stamp including the date received. The student needs to bring the stamped W-7 to International Student Programs and Services (ISPS). ISPS will contact OSFA to release the FSN hold from the student's account.
International students may also be required to provide proof of residency. A referendum approved by Arizona voters in November 2006, Proposition 300, provides that university students who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents, or who do not have lawful immigration status, are not eligible for in-state tuition status or financial aid that is funded or subsidized by state monies. For additional information see Proposition 300 FAQ's.
If you are a nonresident alien and you receive a Travel Grant award, your award will be subject to tax withholding (14% if you are in F or J status, 30% for other non-immigrant status), unless you are exempt under an income tax treaty. Also, effective November 1, 2007, international students who receive any payment from the University of Arizona are required to create an account in GLACIER. For additional information, visit Tax Withholding by UofA.
All applicants will be promptly notified whether they will or will not receive a travel grant, once all the applications have been reviewed. The process of award determination generally takes between four to six weeks. If awarded a travel grant, the money will be distributed through the applicant's Bursar's account.
If you are awarded a Travel Grant but are unable to attend or would like to decline your award, please notify the Travel Grants Director at UNIONemail@example.com immediately. If notified in time, your award will be retracted. Otherwise, you may be required to reimburse the GPSC Travel Grant Program. If this is required, please follow the steps below.
As of July 1, 2011, GPSC has made it a requirement that all students who receive a Travel Grant must spend at least 90% of their award. If a student's travel expenses are less than 90% of the original award, then that student will be required to reimburse the GPSC for the unspent funds. If a student fails to reimburse the GPSC, that student will not be eligible to apply for a future travel grant until reimbursement is made.
How to Reimburse GPSC: Write a check for the difference (Amount of Award less Amount Expensed). Make the check out to "The University of Arizona" and write "GPSC Travel Grant Refund" in the memo field. You can either hand deliver the check to the Travel Grants Director at the GPSC Office (located in the Student Union, Room 323A), or you can mail the check to the GPSC mailing address posted below.
GPSC Travel Grant awardees are required to submit a Travel Expense Report within ten (10) business days after completing travel OR receiving an award announcement, whichever happens to be the later of the two. Please include all items of expense incurred during your trip. Keep the original receipts of all expenses incurred during your travel.
Refer to the document flowchart to keep track of your document flow. For more information, refer to the GPSC Travel Guide Brochure, which we recommend you print out and take with you to your travel destination. In addition, the Sharing Hotel Rooms and Other Expenses Q&A document addresses issues related to sharing hotel and transportation expenses. Use this document as a guideline for situations where you will be sharing any travel expenses.
How to Submit Your Travel Expense Report:
Once you have completed your travel expense report, you have several different options on how to submit your report and travel expense receipts. You can:
Submit a hardcopy to the GPSC office located in the Student Union, Room 323. You can deliver the report directly to the Travel Grants Director or leave it at the information desk on the main floor of the student union (directly across the walkway from the bookstore).
Mail in a hardcopy to the GPSC office (Mailing address: PO Box 210017, Student Union Memorial Administration Office Room 403, Tucson, AZ 85721).
Or you can submit it electronically via email at UNIONfirstname.lastname@example.org. If you choose this option, please make sure that you sign both pages with your electronic signature.
*Note: Failure to submit the required travel expense documentation may result in the withdrawal of your GPSC travel grant award and make you ineligible for future GPSC fund support.