GSAC Research Student Travel Grant

Please Note : GSAC suggests that the students apply to and use the GSAS travel grants before applying here. For further information, see FAQ.

Eligible graduate students may request individual travel grants to defray the costs associated with presenting their work at academic conferences and workshops. GSAS students may request up to $500. Conference registration fees, transportation (by the most economical means available) and lodging (excluding meals) may all be reimbursed. Travel grants will be distributed primarily based on need and will be evaluated by the finance committee. For more information please e-mail the GSAC Finance Chair .

Spring 2014 applications are due on February 18, 2014. The conference must occur between January 1 and June 20, 2014, and four grants will be awarded during this cycle. An additional three grants will be awarded in the Summer 2014 cycle (June 20 - October 20, 2014). See below for application instructions.

All the recipients are also required to participate in the Columbia Graduate Research Conference to be held at Columbia University. Check back here for more details on the 2014 TEDx Conference.

Travel Grant Eligibility

Any GSAS student enrolled full-time in a Ph.D. or research Masters degree granting program is eligible to apply for the GSAC travel grant. Candidates must be in good standing, must present a paper or poster at the conference, and the conference must be related to the applicant's academic discipline.

A GSAS student may only receive one travel grant during their tenure at Columbia. GSAC board members are not eligible to apply during their appointment.

Applying for a Travel Grant

To apply, eligible students must submit a complete Travel Grant Application before the application period deadline and take part in the Columbia Graduate Research Conference. Before applying, please make sure you will be present at the GSAC Conference which is to be tentatively held around mid-March every year.

Download the application here. Follow the instructions in the application and be sure to submit any necessary supplemental information.

Submitting Your Application

Email your completed application to Paper applications will not be accepted.

Notification of Recipients

Shortly after the deadline, recipients will be notified by email and will be announced on the GSAC website and e-newsletter.

Requesting Reimbursement

Funding is on a reimbursement basis, i.e., you must submit receipts for expenses up to the amount awarded by GSAC. You will need to submit a printed copy of the GSAC award letter and a completed Columbia Travel and Business Expense Report (download the form) with original receipts at 109 Low Library.

Past Recipients

Spring 2014

Fall 2013

Spring 2013

Fall 2012

Spring 2012

Fall 2011

Spring 2011

Fall 2010

Spring 2010

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I am presenting a poster at the XYZ conference and/or am unavailable during the tentative dates of the GSAC research conference. Can I still apply?
A: No. As per the current rules, you are required to confirm your participation at the GSAC conference. This is a way for GSAC to recover some of the costs and disseminate within the student body some knowledge that it partially or wholly sponsors. The conference is to be tentatively held around mid-March every year and details about the latest one are available here.

Q: Are there any other travel grants available at Columbia that I can apply to?
A: We suggest that you apply to the GSAS travel grants before applying to GSAC. The GSAS travel grants are guaranteed for the eligible candidates.

Q: I already attended the conference, can I still apply for a travel grant?
A: Yes. Remember that you must have original receipts to apply for reimbursement. If you didn't save your receipts, you shouldn't apply because you won't get reimbursed.

Q: I submitted an application and haven't received an email saying whether or not I was selected to receive a travel grant.
A: GSAC only emails the recipients, if you're wondering whether they've been selected check on this webpage -- Past Recipients.

Q: I emailed my application, please confirm that my application was received.
A: GSAC will not confirm receipt of your application.

Q: Where do I get the travel grant application?
A: At the top of this webpage there is a section called Applying for the Travel Grant, download the application there.

Q: I am a 10th year student in the _____ department, am I eligible to apply?
A: All current GSAS students are eligible to apply.

Q: Can I use the travel grant to attend a conference other than the one that was listed on my original application?
A: No.

Q: If only 5 or 7 grants are awarded, why should I bother to apply?
A: The application process is quite simple, what do you have to lose?