FUNDING FOR INDIVIDUALS
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. The SASgov Travel Grant is funded by SASgov and gives a maximum of $400 which is not guaranteed and only given very selectively.
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.
**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 3600Market-RBO@sas.upenn.edu 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 3600Market-RBO@sas.upenn.edu or hand carry to SAS Administrative and Financial Services, 3600 Market St., Suite 501.
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: 3600Market-RBO@sas.upenn.edu
SASgov Travel Grant (Spring Application Window now OPEN).
Application closes March 8, 2020.
SASGov's Travel Grant is mainly designed to help defray the cost of travel for doctoral students presenting at academic conferences. This grant funds travel taking place between January 1st to July 31st.
Up to $300 for domestic travel
Up to $400 for international travel
To apply, click here Spring Travel Grant Form
Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.
President Amy Gutmann has generously provided additional funding to GAPSA to augment GAPSA’s funding for graduate and professional student travel. The award will be given to students presenting at either an international conference or a conference within the United States that would normally be out of their budget even with an individual travel grant through the Research or Professional Student Councils.
The maximum award is 70% of the total budget or $2000, whichever is less.
The GAPSA Research Student Council in conjunction with the Office of the Provost offers $6,000 grants to provide summer support for research projects that promise to harness the knowledge of different academic disciplines to explore societal issues. Individual students or teams of students may apply for this award by submitting a proposal for a summer research project that clearly intends to integrate knowledge across academic disciplines.
Up to $6,000 per project