Research Student Travel Grant
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 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.
Please note that you are 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.
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.
Individual: Reimbursement of eligible travel costs, with a maximum award of $800. Not all awards will be the maximum amount. Some applications will be funded in part, and the award amount will depend on the application's score during the review process.
- Recipients must be full-time research students presenting their research or merely attending conferences, among other eligibility requirements described in the guidelines.
- Funding is not guaranteed and is dependent on the competitiveness of your application.
- This grant works on a post-travel reimbursement basis. Please do not be concerned if the application and/or decision date is after your chosen travel dates.
- Additional application instructions [link]
The Summer Grant application opens on June 5, 2017 and closes on July 3, 2017. Award letters will be sent out to successful applicants on August 2, 2017 and should be accepted within 30 days of receiving the letter. Please note that this grant works on a post-travel reimbursement basis. Valid receipts of payment are needed to fully reimburse travel costs and event fees. Awards are processed through Concur Expense Reports.
Applications are accepted for travel from June 1, 2017 - August 31, 2017.
The next round of applications will open mid-September for travel that will take place or will have already taken place from Sept. 1, 2017 - Dec. 31, 2017. Please stay tuned for exact dates regarding applications.
Letters of recommendation are no longer requested. Instead, you must indicate a faculty member who will complete a form that will be sent automatically when your application is submitted. Please inform your recommender prior to submitting your application.
If your conference is between June 1 and August 31, click here to submit your application.
If you have received a GAPSA Research Student Travel Grant, instructions for reimbursement are provided with the award letter. Please make sure to read all policies for reimbursement. All reimbursement forms should be submitted to Angela Reason in the Office of Student Affairs (firstname.lastname@example.org), NOT GAPSA Research.
Professional Student Travel Grant
If you are in a Master degree program, you may apply for the funding opportunities on this page. If you are a PhD Student, you are considered a research degree student by the University and will need to apply for funding through the Research Student Council. Some examples of professional degrees include MSEd, EdD, MBA, MSN, MB, MSE, MD, JD, DMD, M.P.H.etc.
Please note that you are only eligible to receive one GAPSA-administered award per academic semester. Other restrictions may apply.
The GAPSA Professional Student Council distributes individual travel grants to defray the cost of qualified travel expenses for graduate students attending and/or presenting at academic conferences, meetings, and case competitions or pursuing professional development opportunities outside of the university.
- Individuals attending only: max. 50% of total cost or $500, whichever is less
- Individuals presenting: max. 50% of the total cost or $700 if presenting, whichever is less
- Part-time students: max. 50% of total cost or $200, whichever is less
- The applicant must be a full-time or part-time Penn professional student at the time of the conference.
- If the applicant is already receiving two or more forms of funding, they are ineligible for a travel grant.
- Meal expenses are not eligible for reimbursement.
- Funding is not guaranteed and is dependent on the competitiveness of your application
*** Please note the date changes ***
The Fall Grant application will open on February 1, 2017 and close April 5, 2017. Recommendation Applications will open February 1, 2017 and close on April 7, 2017 (i.e. two days after the closing of the grant applications. Please note recommendation forms are sent out only after grant applications are submitted. All awards are processed through Concur Expense Reports, via retroactive reimbursement. Valid receipts of payment are needed to fully reimburse travel costs and event fees. Disbursements and awards will be finalized as soon as possible and awards should be accepted within 30 days of receiving this reward or 30 days of the conference date.
Applications are being accepted for travel from September 15, 2016- June 15, 2017 .
All recommendation forms are due by April 7th, 2017 at 11:59 pm.
*** In order for an application to be consider complete, you must indicate a faculty member to speak on your behalf and they must complete the form that is sent to them. You must inform your recommender prior to submitting your application, that they will receive a "Recommender Application" to be completed. NOTE: They do not have to submit a letter of recommendation, but they will need to submit the “Recommender Application” for your application to be considered complete.
President Gutmann Leadership Award
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 applicant must be a full-time or part-time Penn graduate student (either research or professional)
- The applicant must be presenting original work at the conference.
- The minimum budget for the trip (airfare, transportation, conference feeds, lodging, and other eligible expenses) is $1000.
- Meal expenses are not eligible for reimbursement.
- All expenditures are subject to audit.
- A faculty recommendation is required, and should be submitted by the recommender, according the the instructions laid out in the guidelines (see below).
- The selectivity rate, according to historical data, is approximately 5-10%.
- Any questions should be addressed to Vice President Rebecca Umbach at email@example.com
- For complete guidelines and eligibility requirements, please see the official guidelines [PGLA Policies]
Date of Conference
Apr. 2017-Dec. 2017
Aug. 2017-Apr. 2018
Dec. 2016-Aug. 2017
July 1-July 31, 2017
Oct 1-Oct 31, 2017
Mar 1-Mar 31, 2017
*** Please note the date changes ***
You may only receive this award once per year. Late applications will not be accepted. A confirmation letter will be sent after your application has been received.
Decisions will be announced by Aug. 20th, 2017.
GAPSA - Provost Fellowship for Interdisciplinary Innovation
The GAPSA-Provost Fellowship for Interdisciplinary Innovation is a program jointly funded by GAPSA and the Office of the Provost for the expressed purpose of fostering an interdisciplinary graduate and professional environment at the University of Pennsylvania. This highly competitive fellowship strives to promote original, student-derived initiatives that integrate knowledge across diverse academic disciplines. The fellowship is also meant to help the project-leader(s) develop, pursue and complete their proposed interdisciplinary initiatives. Fellows are to complete their proposed research projects over the summer with an end product due in September following the fellowship term.
$6,000.00 summer fellowship per project
- The applicant must be a full-time or part-time Penn graduate (professional or research) student continuing their studies in the semester following the fellowship.
Applications are due on April 14th. Letters of Recommendation are due by April 21st.
GAPSA Research is proud to announce the winners of the 2017 GAPSA-Provost Fellowship for Interdisciplinary Innovation:
At the Crossroads of Empire: Lerik in Antiquity Archaeological Project
No Use for Doctors' Orders: An Exploration of Religion, Class, and Culture in Deliberate Refusals of Medical Care
Narratives of Becoming in the Italian Education System
International Development, Maternalism, and Women's Social Citizenship: A Case Study of India, 1985-2015
Science on Ice: Materializing Deep Time in the Arctic
Sarah Yassine and Rivka Weinstock
(dis)joint mapping: A proposal to investigate and map the landscape of the Demarcation Line between Lebanon and Israel/Palestine