Individual Grants

Research Student Travel Grant  |  Professional Student Travel Grant
President Gutmann Leadership Award  |  GAPSA - Provost Fellowship for Interdisciplinary Innovation

Note: Dates for some of the grants below were for 2015-2016. Please check back soon for Fall 2016.


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. Other restrictions may apply.

Purpose

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.  Please note that this is a competitive award.  Not all applicants can be funded.

Funding

Individual: Reimbursement of up to 50% of total eligible travel costs, with a maximum award of $600.00.  Not all awards will be the maximum amount.  Some applications will be funded in part and the award amount will be dependent on the applicants score during the review process. Awards range from 25% to 50% of total eligible travel costs.

Notes

  • Recipients must be full-time research students presenting their research, among other eligibility requirements described in the guidelines.
  • One faculty recommendation will be required.
  • The guidelines are changing.  New guidelines will be posted soon.
  • Additional Application Instructions [link]

Deadline

***Please note the date changes*** 

The Spring Grant application will open on July 4, 2016 and close August 4, 2016. The recommendation form will open July 4, 2016 and close on August 8, 2016. Disbursements and awards will be finalized as soon as possible and awards should be accepted prior to September 15, 2016.

Application Recommendation

All letters of recommendation are due August 8, 2016 at 11:59pm.

Contact

Chair for Research Students, gapsa.research@gmail.com

Forms

The application can be found here: https://form.jotform.com/61385187776975

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 (areason@pobox.upenn.edu), NOT GAPSA Research.

 

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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.

Process

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. Applicants are expected to have considered all other possible funding options before pursuing funding through a GAPSA Professional Council travel grant.

Funding

  • 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 

 

Notes

  • 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.

Deadline

*** Please note the date changes *** 

The Summer Grant application will open on July 1, 2016 and close July 31, 2016. Recommendation Applications will open July 1, 2016 and close on August 2, 2016.  Awards are processed through Concur Expense Reports, Vail receipts of payment are needed to fully reimburse travel costs. Disbursements and awards will be finalized as soon as possible and awards should be accepted prior to August 30, 2016.

Application Recommendation

All letters of recommendation are due by August 2, 2016 at 11:59pm. 

*** In order for an application to be complete, you must indicate a faculty member to speak on your behalf and 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. 

Contact

Chair for Professional Students, gapsa.prof@gmail.com


President Gutmann Leadership Award

Purpose

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.

Funding

The maximum award is 70% of the total budget or $2000, whichever is less.

Notes

  • 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 Fan Alex Yang at gapsa.pgla@gmail.com
  • For complete guidelines and eligibility requirements, please see the official guidelines [Spring 2016 - PGLA Policies]

Deadline

Review Cycle
 

Summer 2016

Fall 2016

Spring 2017

Date of Conference
 

Apr. 2016-Dec. 2016

Aug. 2016-Apr. 2017

Dec. 2016-Aug. 2017

Submission Time-Window*

July 1-July 31, 2016

Nov 1-Nov 30, 2016

Mar 1-Mar 31, 2017

 

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, 2016.

Application

https://form.jotform.com/gapsaprof/pgla-application-summer-2016

Recommendation

Recommendation Form: https://form.jotform.com/gapsaprof/summer-2016-pgla-application-recomm

Due: July 31, 2016 at 11:59 pm

Contact

Office of Vice President, gapsa.pgla@gmail.com

 

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GAPSA - Provost Fellowship for Interdisciplinary Innovation

Purpose

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.

Funding

$6,000.00 summer fellowship per project

Notes

  • 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.

Deadline

Applications are due on March 18th.  Letters of Recommendation are due by March 28th.

Application Information

Detailed fellowship application information. Click Here.

Answers to frequent questions can be found at Application FAQs.

Contact

Please send questions about this fellowship to the GAPSA-Provost Fellowship for Interdisciplinary Innovation committee at gapsa.provost.fellow@gmail.com

The Chair for Research Students can also be reached through gapsa.research@gmail.com

Winners 2014

GAPSA Research is pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 GAPSA-Provost Award for Interdisciplinary Innovation. They are listed below along with their winning proposal:

Winners

Alyssa Connell & Marissa Nicosia



Li-Ying Chiang

 


Jessica Hurley & Laura Finch

 

Anthony Pratcher

 

 

Manuel Spitschan

 

Jesse Smith

 

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Winning Proposals

"Cooking in the Archives: Updating Early Modern Recipes (1600-1800) in a Modern Kitchen"


"Due Distinction: Becoming Adolescent Elite in 'Meritocratic' China"

 

"From the Bomb to the Crash: Geographies of Disaster in the American Century"

 

"The Built Suburban Environment and the Evolution of Community in Maryvale, Arizona, 1970-1980"


"A Physiologically Relevant Analysis of Light Pollution"

"The Place to Escape: Miami, Its Port, and the Emergence of the U.S. Cruise Industry"