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.

 

PURPOSE

 

 

 

FUNDING

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: max. $800
  • Individuals attending only: max. 50% of total cost or $500, whichever is less

Notes

  • Recipients must be full-time research students presenting their research at or merely attending conferences, among other eligibility requirements described in the guidelines.
  • Meal expenses are not eligible for reimbursement.
  • 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]

Deadline

The Fall Grant application will open on September 18, 2017 and close on Oct 31, 2017. Award letters will be sent out to successful applicants mid-November 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 being accepted for travel from September 1, 2017 - December 31, 2017.  

Application Recommendation

In order for an application to be consider complete, you must indicate a faculty member to complete a brief recommendation form. It will be sent to your recommender automatically when your application is submitted. Please note that recommendation forms are sent out only after grant applications are submitted. Be sure to inform your recommender prior to submitting your application.

Contact

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

Forms

If your conference is between September 1 and December 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 (areason@pobox.upenn.edu), NOT GAPSA Research.

 

↑ Back to top


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 or pursuing professional development opportunities outside of the university.

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.
  • Funding is not guaranteed and is dependent on the competitiveness of your application

Deadline

*** Please note the date changes *** 

The Summer and Fall Grant application will open on September 18, 2017 and close October 31, 2017. Recommendation Applications will open September 18, 2017 and close on November 2, 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. 

Application Recommendation

All recommendation forms are due by November 2, 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. 

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 Rebecca Umbach at gapsa.vp@gmail.com
  • For complete guidelines and eligibility requirements, please see the official guidelines [PGLA Policies]

Deadline

Review Cycle
 

Summer 2017

Fall 2017

Spring 2018

Date of Conference
 

Apr. 2017-Dec. 2017

Aug. 2017-Apr. 2018

Dec. 2017-Aug. 2018

Submission Time-Window*

July 1-July 31, 2017

Oct 1-Oct 31, 2017

Mar 1-Mar 31, 2018

 

*** 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 three weeks after the submission window closes. 

Application

https://form.jotform.us/72253906550152

Recommendation

Recommendation Form: https://form.jotform.us/72253616450149

Due: Oct 31, 2017 at 11:59 pm

Contact

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

 

↑ Back to top


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 April 14th.  Letters of Recommendation are due by April 21st.

Application Information

Detailed fellowship application information. Click Here.

 

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 2017

GAPSA Research is proud to announce the winners of the 2017 GAPSA-Provost Fellowship for Interdisciplinary Innovation: 

 

Lara Fabian

At the Crossroads of Empire: Lerik in Antiquity Archaeological Project

 

Lindsay Glassman

No Use for Doctors' Orders: An Exploration of Religion, Class, and Culture in Deliberate Refusals of Medical Care

 

Andrea Leone-Pizzighella

Narratives of Becoming in the Italian Education System

 

Prakirti Nangia

International Development, Maternalism, and Women's Social Citizenship: A Case Study of India, 1985-2015

 

Alexis Rider

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