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 Grant

(Spring application window now OPEN). 

Application closes March 5th, 2021.

SASgov's "Travel" Grant is designed to help defray the cost of conference participation for doctoral and master's students presenting their work. This grant funds conference participation taking place between January 1st to May 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 and master's students at the School of Arts and Sciences are eligible to apply.

SASgov Research Grant 

Purpose: SASgov will fund around 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: Up to $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: March 5th, 2021.


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

SASgov Professional Society Membership Grant

SASgov will reimburse graduate students who wish to join their academic discipline's professional society. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.


Award Amount:

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