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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 the cycle months. Fall cycle awards must be used within October-January. Spring cycle awards must be used within February- September. Approximately $7,500 will be granted during each review cycle (fall 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. If attending a conference, the student must be invited to give an oral or poster presentation.  In the case of performance or visual arts the student must be invited to present. 

     Appropriateness of scope and budget

     Contribution to completion of a thesis or dissertation

     Prior awards received from GSTF

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.

The deadline for the fall cycle is October 1st and the deadline for the spring cycle is February 1st

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