Graduate and Professional Student Senate

Travel Grants

Fall 2021 Update: Applications are now OPEN

Thank you for your interest in GPSS Travel Grants. The Travel Grants Committee (TGC) has formed for the 2021-22 academic year, and has decided to funded in-person and virtual conferences, workshops, and performances.

The previous senate has allocated $25,000 to support graduate students for the 2021-22 academic year. The typical funding amounts are:

  • up to $300 for travel in the U.S.
  • up to $500 for international travel
  • up to $300 for virtual conference registration

Although applications are competitive, it is also our goal to assist as many graduate students as possible. We will score applications using this travel grants rubric. The TGC comprises graduate students from various academic backgrounds, so the content of your application should be written in a style for non-experts.

We will review applications on a rolling basis. In the meantime, if you are planning to apply, please have your department’s budget or financial contact and obtain a UW budget code (##-#####). The departmental contact is usually NOT your advisor/PI. Historically, this has caused the most delays in students receiving their travel grant. However, you will also need to identify one faculty recommender.

The following items are required for an application to be considered complete.

  1. Travel Grant Application (Google Form)
  2. Faculty Recommendation (Google Form) (Note: you are responsible for ensuring your faculty recommender submits the form to GPSS. Faculty recommenders may request alternative methods of returning this form.)

Please contact A.J. Balatico (he/him), Vice President of Finance at gpssvpfb@uw.edu for information or comments about travel grants or to express interest in joining the Travel Grants Committee. Inquiries about the application forms should include Bree Murrin (she/her), GPSS Budget Specialist at gpssbs@uw.edu.

Spring 2021 Update

For the duration of the suspension of in-person learning activities at the University of Washington, GPSS Travel Grants Committee will be considering applications for non-presenting attendees to remote conferences or seminars. These applications will be held to the same standards as traditional Travel Grants and reviewed on a rolling basis; applications should be reviewed within 2 weeks of submission. Any attendance grants awarded within this period will not count towards the travel funding limitations (once every three years and a maximum of two awards during one’s UW student career).

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 participation in domestic or international conferences.

The goal of this is twofold: first, to facilitate and promote the intellectual and professional development of graduate and professional students, and also to encourage mutually beneficial interaction among students and GPSS Senators. GPSS Travel Grants further contribute to the strengthening of UW and its prominence in the greater scholarly community through broadening students’ personal and academic development through exposure to the work of others elsewhere.

Students whose conference participation might otherwise be underfunded and are making fair progress towards their respective degrees are encouraged to apply. The amount of funding awarded will be based on conference location, with typical awards being up to $300 for conferences in the United States and $500 for international conferences.

The GPSS Travel Grants Committee reserves the right to make individual award adjustments based upon an applicant’s expressed need of both an individual applicant or the applicant pool as a whole.

For any questions regarding travel grants, please email gpssbs@uw.edu.

Eligibility

Eligibility

UW graduate and professional students who are currently enrolled and in good academic standing may apply for this travel grant.

Students must apply for this grant during the term in which the conference event will occur. Applications for conferences that have already occurred will not be accepted. Students may not apply for funding if their conference/event will occur before the application deadline, and only one application per conference event/presentation is permitted. Though students may apply only once per conference event, students may apply as many times as they like during their UW student career for different events/presentations. Students may only receive GPSS travel funding once every three years (with a maximum of two awards during one’s UW student career).

Application Process

Application Process

The following items are required for an application to be considered complete.

  1. Travel Grant Application(Google Form)
  2. Faculty Recommendation (Google Form) (Note: you are responsible for ensuring your faculty recommender submits the form to GPSS)

Applications will be reviewed within 2 weeks of submission. The Applicant is responsible for ensuring all components of the application are received by the GPSS Budget Specialist (gpssbs@uw.edu). Applications missing any component will not be accepted.