Travel Grant

The GSC Travel Grant is closed due to university travel restrictions of COVID-19. 


Graduate Student Council and the Graduate School are offering Travel Grants at four different tiers.

Tier 1: 10 grants of $250 each (per quarter)

Tier 2: 3 grants of $500 each (per quarter)

Tier 3: 1 grant of $1000 (per quarter)

Tier 4: 1 grant of $2000 (per semester)

Grants are open to all graduate students who will be presenting their work at a conference, and provide partial funding for conference travel-related expenses. Recipients of each grant will be determined by evaluating the type of presentation, the type of conference, and the service the student provides to the University.

All students who accept the grant must provide an account number within one week of their acceptance notification or the grant will be forfeited allotted to another recipient. Students must save receipts and provide necessary documentation to their home department after travel has completed for the funds to be provided. Please note that no alcohol expenses will be reimbursed. It is up to each student to work with their home department to receive the funds once they have been transferred.

Recipients of travel grants may be contacted by a representative from the Office of University Advancement, to gather information on the impact of the travel grant on the recipient’s professional development. This information may be shared with donors for the purpose of donor stewardship.

Applications must be submitted electronically through the following page: Travel Grant Application.


 Any graduate student enrolled in a Master’s or PhD granting program is eligible. There is no preference given for type of degree or program of the applicant. These factors are not considered in the scoring process.

Funds will be awarded based on three equally weighted metrics: 1) the reason for event attendance (podium presentations versus attending for professional development, for example), 2) conference location (international versus local, for example), and 3) the student’s service to the community (committee member, volunteer, etc.). Note that paid positions such as Teaching Assistantships cannot be considered service.

Please note:

  • Applicants must apply for the Travel Grant based on the conference date. No exceptions will be made. Applications that are submitted during the incorrect quarter will not be considered. See below for award cycle.
  • Late applications will not be accepted.


Semester 1
Quarter Conference Date Application due by 5pm MST on: Funds transferred to department by:
1 Sept-Nov Sept 6, 2019 September 20 , 2019
2 Dec-Feb Dec 13, 2019 January 2020
Semester 2
3 March-May March 6, 2020 March 31, 2020
4 June-Aug June 5, 2020 June 30, 2020



The grant can be used towards registration fees, airfare, lodging, food, ground transportation, or other necessities for conference attendance. You must show receipts for all reimbursement purchases. Please check on your specific department/college policies and procedures for using money from a department account for academic travel.

The grant may not be used for alcohol or anything not strictly related to academic/research-related travel. Students must check on specific rules and restrictions related to reimbursement and fund use from their home department/college. All unused funds will be returned to Graduate Student Council.

Department & College Distribution

GSC is a non-partisan organization that provides equal opportunities for awards to all Departments and Colleges across Colorado State University. GSC does not discriminate by race, ethnicity, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, ability, or academic interest. Statistics on applicant’s and recipient’s departments, colleges, and conference type are available upon request.

If you have any questions, please contact Good luck!