The following programs are designed for application by individuals. They support travel for research and professional development.


Details of the major funds are:


1. The SAS Dean's Travel Subvention award is funded by the Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences, gives $500 per year, and is guaranteed for all SAS students. Accordingly, this is the source that you should apply to first so that you can have a guaranteed source of funding to go ahead with your trip. 


2. FALL 2020 UPDATE: The SASgov Conference Reimbursement Grant is funding for conference fees and support. This funding will be available to graduate students in lieu of the SASgov Travel Grant while COVID-19 travel restrictions are still in place.

3. GAPSA Travel Grants have a much larger budget, and are more likely to fund you than SASgov Travel grants. They can fund upto $800 per application. You can apply twice a year for the GAPSA Travel Grants and can apply whether you are presenting at conferences or merely attending them. Considering the high availability of this grant, you should apply to the GAPSA travel grants second after the SAS Dean's Travel Subvention to have higher security of funding. 


SAS Dean's Travel SubventioN (Open all academic year)

Travel funds for one trip per year will be made available to those PhD candidates who are invited to give papers or to serve as commentators at meetings of a professional organization. Only PhD candidates who are full-time School of Arts and Sciences graduate students in residence at the University are eligible to apply for these funds.


Travel funds may be used to cover any eligible travel expenses consistent with University PolicyExpenses will be covered up to a maximum of $500. 

**Requests will only be considered upon the completion and submission of the Request for SAS Travel Subvention form prior to the trip; the form must be endorsed by the student's faculty advisor and Graduate Group or Department Chair. Contact for further clarification and the application details.

Please download the form (SAS Travel Subvention for Ph.D. Candidates) from the bottom left of this page and submit the completed form via email to or hand carry to SAS Administrative and Financial Services, 3600 Market St., Suite 501.


Award amount:

  • Up to $500

  • Application found here.

  • Required: Signature of Faculty Advisor and Grad Group Chair

  • Submit to: SAS Finance Office, 3600 Market St, Ste 501/2649

  • Email for clarifications and application submission: 

SASgov Conference Reimbursement 

(Fall Application Window now OPEN). 

Application closes November 06, 2020.

SASGov's "Travel" Grant is designed to help defray the cost of conference participation for doctoral students presenting their work. This grant funds conference participation taking place between August 1st to December 31st. 


Award Amount:


These amounts are not guaranteed and are awarded very selectively after being reviewed by the SASgov Finance Committee when the application period ends. Because funds are limited, we encourage graduate students to apply to multiple funding sources such as the ones listed on this page. Only enrolled doctoral students at the School of Arts and Sciences are eligible to apply.

SASGov Research Student Grant 

Purpose: SASGov will fund six (6) Research Grants to support innovative, interdisciplinary research by Penn graduate students enrolled in the School of Arts and Sciences. These competitive grants are meant to supplement successful applicants’ primary funding. All are encouraged to apply, but preference will be given to interdisciplinary projects examining the topics of diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism.


Funding: $2000 grant per project.


Notes: The applicant must be a full-time or part-time Penn graduate student in the School of Arts and Sciences for the duration of their grant.


Deadline: October 31, 2020.


Application Instructions: Please send a 1000-word project proposal and a brief research timeline to Please also request one letter of recommendation from your academic or dissertation advisor, and have them send it to the same email address.


Contact: Send questions about this grant to the VP of Financial Operations (

GAPSA Research Student Travel Grant 

The GAPSA Research Student Council has some funds available to distribute as individual travel grants to help defray the cost of qualified travel expenses for doctoral students presenting their research at academic conferences and meetings.

Award amount:

  • Individuals presenting: up to $800 per semester.

  • Individuals attending only: up to 50% of total cost or $500, whichever is less, per semester.

Please note: If you are in a Ph.D. program, you are considered a research student by the University. If you are in a research Master degree program (A.M. or M.S., as defined by the University), you are also considered a research student.

If you are in any other non-research Master degree program (including Ed.D., M.S.E., and other Master of Science degree programs with other letters), you are considered a professional student and will need to apply for funding through the Professional Student Council.

You are also only eligible to receive one GAPSA-administered award per academic semester, for a total of 2 such awards per academic year, which includes the summer. Other restrictions may apply.

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