Eligibility & Policies

Research and Travel Grant Eligibility

To qualify for a GSA research and travel grant, you must meet the following requirements:

- Currently enrolled graduate student (during the quarter you apply)

- Must have either traveled to or will be traveling to a conference or program or workshop OR traveled to a field research site and engaged in research directly related to your thesis work.

- For past travel, departure must be within the past 2 calendar years.

- You can only receive funding once per academic year (one travel grant and one GRAF grant)

- Must have a complete application received by Research and Travel Grants Committee on or before the deadline. Late or incomplete applications are not eligible and will be returned. 

Research and Travel Grant Award Policies

Any student who did not receive funding in the previous quarter due to application error will be given top priority the following grant cycle. Research and Travel grants will not be judged based on their merit.  However, if enough funds do not exist within a given grant cycle to award funding to all applicants, the following applications will receive priority:

- Applicants who are not receiving (or plan to receive) funding from any other source, including their advisor or department.

- Applicants who have not received a GSA research and travel grant in the last two academic years.

-Applicants who are presenting original research. 

The following rubric (with slight variation for GRAF grants) will be used review and assign priority (for a score out of 14): 

Criteria

Yes (2)

Partial (1)

No (0)

Score

Applicant is not receiving (or planning to receive) funding from any other source, including their advisor or department.

Is not receiving any other funding

N/A

Is receiving other funding

 

Applicant has not received a GSA travel grant in the last two academic years.

Has not received a GSA travel grant in the past 2 years

Has received a GRAF grant

Has received funding in the past 2 years

 

Presenting/ engaging in original research

Original research

Collaborative research/not lead researcher

Not presenting

 

Clearly explains how travel will help degree/career

Fully explains how travel will help degree/career

Partially explains how travel will help degree/career

Does not explain how travel will help degree/career

 

Applicant put effort into the application

Applicant clearly put time and effort into application

Applicant put some effort into application

Applicant put little to no effort into application

 

Severe Financial Hardship

Applicant is experiencing severe financial hardship (i.e. no funding, TAship, debt, family to support etc.)

Applicant is experiencing moderate financial hardship (i.e. debt)

Applicant is not experiencing or does not mention any financial hardship

 

Application Filled Out Correctly

All appropriate sections are filled out, all signatures are there, followed all directions (i.e. single pages, no staples)

One mistake

More than one mistake