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Graduate Student Travel Fund

The Graduate Student Travel Fund (GSTF) supports travel associated with scholarly research and creative activities. Funding for the GSTF has been generously provided by the Financial Affairs Committee of the Associated Students for 2014-2015 and 2015-2016.

The maximum award is $1,000 and must be used within twelve months of the allocation. Approximately $5,000 will be granted during each review cycle (fall, winter and spring).


The Graduate Student Travel Fund is available to all degree-seeking SDSU graduate students with an accumulated grade point average of at least 3.0. An eligible graduate student may submit one application for each review cycle.

Criteria For Review

The primary criteria used in evaluating applications for funding are as follows:

  • Relevance or merit of professional activity to support student’s research/scholarship in designated major field of study. Preference will be given, in the following order, to those applications that seek funding for the following:
             1. Travel to perform a field of study or conduct their work 
                A. for manuscript, or
                B. for thesis or dissertation, where (a) and (b) have equal weight
  •  Appropriateness of scope and budget
  • Other factors being equal, preference will be given to those applicants who have not received prior GSTF funds.


Travel for training or study abroad is not eligible for GSTF funding.

To Apply

Complete the GSTF application including required signatures. Scan and save as a single low-resolution PDF file (files exceeding 5 MB and multiple PDF files will not be accepted) and e-mail the document to the Division of Research Affairs ( No paper submissions will be accepted. Decisions for funding will be announced within one month of the submission deadline.

Deadlines for fall, winter and spring are October 1st, February 1st and May 1st respectively.

Click here for previous Graduate Student Travel Fund recipients (October 2009 - October 2013)

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For More GTSF Information

Division of Research Affairs

Gateway Center, 3rd floor

San Diego State University
5250 Campanile Dr.
Mail Code 1933
San Diego, CA 92182

Phone: 619-594-5938
Fax: 619-594-4109