Travel Grants

The Winter 2016 Application is now closed.



Please follow all directions when applying.

We have to disqualify a number of excellent applications each quarter due to small errors.



What is a Travel Grant?

In an effort to help improve graduate and professional student life at the University of Washington, the GPSS Travel Grants Program contributes funds to qualifying individuals’ travel expenses for active conference participation in the US and abroad. This is done in an effort to facilitate and promote the intellectual and professional development of graduate and professional students at the University of Washington, but also to encourage mutually beneficial interaction among students and GPSS senators. GPSS travel grants further contribute to the strengthening of the University and its increased prominence in the greater scholarly community through the broadening of students’ personal and academic development through exposure to the work of others elsewhere. Students whose conference participation might otherwise be unfunded, have strong academic credentials and are making fair progress towards their respective degrees are encouraged to apply. Recipients will receive awards up to $300 for domestic conferences and $500 for international conferences.



UW (Seattle) graduate and professional students enrolled and in good standing may apply for this travel grant. Active participation (presenting a paper or poster, chairing a session or panel, etc.) at an academic conference is required and proof of acceptance is required with this application (see below). Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.2 to be considered.

Students may apply for this grant up to one term before participating in the conference event, during the term of participation.  Students may not apply for funding if their conference/event will occur before the quarter deadline. Only one application per conference event/presentation is permitted, however. Though students may apply only once per conference event, one may apply many times as they like during their UW student career for different events/presentations. One may only receive GPSS travel funding once every three years (with a maximum of two awards during one’s UW student career).


The Application

Application materials will be available the first day of each quarter.

The following items are all required for an application to be considered complete. Applications missing any component below will not be considered.

1.    Completed application (Cover Sheet and Student Self-Assessment)

2.    Conference acceptance letter or email - copy and pasted into the electronic application

3.    Copy of paper/poster abstract, proposal, or other appropriate summary of presentation - copy and pasted into the electronic application

4.    Unofficial UW transcript (PDF from MyUW website)

5.    One Faculty Assessment


Item 1 will automatically be submitted through the electronic form. There are fields for Items 2 and 3 on the final page of the electronic form. Item 4 must be submitted as a PDF file via email to the GPSS Treasurer: Hard copies will not be accepted. Faculty must submit Item 5 (Faculty Assessment) via the online form.

NOTE: In order to fill out the online application or the faculty recommendation, you will need to be logged into UW Google Apps (a google account that uses your address). If you do not already have this set up, you can enable it by visiting your page. 


Applications are due by midnight on the Friday of the fourth week of each term (autumn, winter, and spring, instructions for summer application below). You will be notified about the outcome of your application by the end of week seven of the term. Late applications will not be considered.

"Early Application" Deadline
The GPSS Travel Grant Committee realized that there are some applicants who have been ineligible in the past if they receive less than three months notice for their conference. The committee will open an early application period to accommodate those whose conference occurs within the three weeks prior to the deadline or two weeks following the deadline. Alert the committee and turn in your application by the first day of the term to receive early consideration. This will not apply to the fall term, as the Travel Grants Committee is not formed until later in that term. Please see summer term application procedures below.
Applying Over the Summer Term
Though the application process will remain the same, deadlines over the summer will operate differently. A separate committee will handle Travel Grant applications over the summer. To ensure this committee will have sufficient time to review applications, there is a rolling application deadline that requires submission of applications at least four weeks prior to the date of the conference. This committee is able to review applications up to the first week of August.
The summer application is a pilot program the GPSS is implementing this year to better serve the graduate student population. Keep this in mind as there may be unexpected impediments in the execution of this plan due to limited availability of senators over the summer. Apply as early as possible to minimize chances of missed funding opportunities. 

2015-2016 Deadline Dates:

  Application Opens  Application Deadline Eligible Conference Dates
    Early Regular Early Regular
Summer 2015 May 5, 2015 Rolling August 3, 2015 July 15 - November 6, 2015
Fall Quarter September 30, 2015 n/a apply for Summer deadline October 23, 2015 November 7, 2015- February 5, 2016
Winter Quarter December 11, 2015 January 4, 2016 January 29, 2016 January 16 - February 12, 2016 February 13 - April 29th, 2016
Spring Quarter March 11, 2016 March 28, 2016 April 22, 2016 April 9- May 6, 2016 May 7 - August 31, 2016
Summer 2016 April 29, 2016 Rolling August 1, 2016 July 15 - November 4, 2016



2014-2015 Deadline Dates:


Early Application Deadline

Regular Application Deadline
Fall Quarter Not Implemented for 14-15 October 24
Winter Quarter Not Implemented for 14-15 January 30
Spring Quarter March 30 April 24

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is it determined who will receive travel grants?
    • The Travel Grants Committee, which is composed of approximately ten members, reviews each application and scores it according to a rubric. Each application is scoredby at least three committee members. The committee then meets, reviews the scores assigned, and determines which applications will be funded.
  • Can I obtain a copy of my electronic application?
    • Yes. To do so, select this option on the last page of your application before submitting.
  • Can I submit my faculty recommendation?
    • The faculty recommendation must be completed by a faculty member. The online form collects UW NET IDs which will be checked against the UW Directory.
  • Once I have been awarded a travel grant, how will I receive the funds?
    • The funds will transfer, via Transfer & Authorization form, to the budget number provided in your application. The form will have a purpose line that reads "Purpose:  Provide Funding for YOUR NAME", followed by a description that states the conference name, date, and location.
  • Are travel grants awarded based solely on financial need?
    • Travel grants are not awarded based solely on financial need, however the degree of financial need is heavily considered when scoring the application.
  • Where can I find the budget number required by the application?
    • The application requires a budget number so that it can transfer awarded funds to your department. Therefore, it is best to talk to your department to determine which budget number they would like you to use.
  • Can multiple people from the same lab or project team apply for travel grants?
    • Only one person from a lab or project team is typically chosen, but you are welcome to submit multiple applications. In this situation, it is highly recommended that each application is unique.


Additional Questions? 

Please contact your GPSS Senator or the GPSS Treasurer Kerstin Hudon at