Travel Funds

Click on the links below for information on travel funds:

Who is eligible for GPSA travel funds?

Any graduate or professional student at East Tennessee State University who has a completed GPSA membership form on file, has paid the annual $5 membership fee, and is actively involved in GPSA can apply for use of GPSA travel funds.

If you are not a member of GPSA, you can be by filling out this application here and dropping it by the Graduate Studies Office with your $5 membership fee.


How do you apply for GPSA travel funding?

In order to apply, the following materials must be turned into GPSA by the intended deadline with a GPSA Travel Funding Request Application.

Click here for the GPSA travel funding application

In receiving GPSA travel funds, you are required to give a 10-15 minute presentation of your experience or research at a GPSA event (even if you did not present at the conference). The presentations are scheduled every April during GPSA week.

GPSA also offers the opportunity to practice your presentation before you go to the conference. If you are presenting at a conference, would like to practice your presentation, and get feedback before you go to the conference, GPSA will provide a time and facility for a practice presentation. All you have to do is tell us when. Participating in a practice presentation will satisfy your requirement of presenting during GPSA week.

Group Travel

GPSA does not award travel grants for group travel. If you are seeking to apply as a group, you must request B.U.C. funds from the Student Government Association (SGA), and will not be eligible for GPSA funding.

Funding

Funding is allotted on a two-tier system. The first tier is for those members who are presenting at a conference. Students who are presenting and traveling up to 250 miles can receive up to $250. Students who are presenting and traveling more than 250 miles can receive up to $500. Students who are just attending (not presenting) and traveling up to 250 miles can receive up to $125. Students who are just attending (not presenting) and traveling more than 250 miles can receive up to $250. Mileage is based on round trip estimates. Because the funds are limited, the following priorities will be followed in the allocations:

  • First priority will be given to applicants who are requesting funds for presenting research/ scholarly presentation in which the applicant is sole or co-author.
  • Second priority will be given to applicants who are requesting funds to attend a conference or professional development workshop that can be shown to be linked to their program of graduate study at ETSU.
  • Other proposals will be considered if applicants can demonstrate that the proposed activity will enhance their graduate education, program of study and/or scholarship.
  • Students may only receive GPSA Travel Funds one time per academic year.