University Travel Funds

Students may apply for and receive travel funds from either or both universities. Students can apply for funding to multiple travel funds BUT cannot apply to cover the same funding (it can be for the same event, just not for the same expenses).  Therefore, if a student applies to one of the travel funds and has remaining expenses, they could apply to another fund to cover the additional expenses.


SDSU Graduate Student Travel Funds

The Student Research Committee and the College of Graduate Studies would like to invite SDSU graduate students to apply to the Graduate Student Travel Funds.  These support travel associated with scholarly research and creative activities.  There are two funds, and each has a different deadline and set of constraints.  Students may apply to both funds for the same travel, but can only be awarded from one fund.  The Student Success Fee provides a larger source of funding. 

Questions regarding these travel funds should be directed to the College of Graduate Studies at or (619) 594-5213.

Graduate Student Travel Funds

Approximately $30,000 is available annually to support graduate student travel during three cycles, fall (September 1 – December 31), spring (January 1 – June 30), and summer (July 1 – August 31).

Eligibility: The Graduate Student Travel Funds are available to all degree-seeking SDSU graduate students with a post-baccalaureate cumulative GPA of at least 3.00.

Scope: The maximum award is $1,000 and must be used within the cycle months.  Funds may be used to support a student’s research/scholarship in designated major field of study and/or a conference where the student must be invited to give an oral or poster presentation. 

For more information about travel grant deadlines, the application process, and award policies, please visit their website at

Student Success Fee

Provided by the College of Sciences, the IRA funding supports student travel to professional meetings to present the results of their research. Applications are considered two times during the academic year, with deadlines on November 1 (for travel July 1 – December 31), and April 1 (for travel January 1 – June 30). Only one student per paper or poster is permitted to request funding. Funding will be activated after application deadline. The amount of the awards will vary depending on how many students apply and how much funding is available during the period in which the student applies. In the past the awards have ranged from $50-$150 for in-state travel, $200-$350 for out-of-state travel and $400-500 for international travel.

See below for the IRA application and travel forms.


UC San Diego Graduate Student Travel Funds

*The GPSA Travel Grant is currently unavailable given the recent fluctuation in COVID-19 guidelines. 

GSA Travel Grants

GSA created a Travel Grant program to award graduate and professional students grants of up to $300 for in-state and up to $500 for out-of-state travel to conferences where you will present your own professional work. This program is funded by GSA, Graduate Division, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and the Office of the Chancellor.

Four rounds of applications will be held each year, one during each quarter. Funding will be awarded randomly from the full pool of eligible applications. Applicants must be presenting a paper or giving a talk on their own original research.

Have questions about the Travel Grants program? Email


In order to qualify for GSA Travel Grant funding, all of the following must apply. You must:

All travel grant awardees will be invited to present a poster in the “Drinks and Dissertations:  Graduate Research Symposium” during the quarter their award is allocated. Each quarter, an awardee whose research is (1) innovative, (2) demonstrates originality, (3) exceptionally motivating will be selected by the GSA Academic and Judicial Committee to present their research orally at the conclusion of the symposium.

For more information about travel grant deadlines, the application process, and award policies, please visit their website at

Updated 9/16/2021