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Graduate Student Travel Funds

The Student Research Committee and the Division of Research Affairs 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 Division of Research Affairs at (619) 594-5938.

Graduate Student Travel Funds

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, unless extenuating circumstances are well-justified.  Funds may be used for national or international travel to a conference where the student is presenting, or field work associated with research/scholarship.  Travel for short courses (or other training activities) is not supported.

1. Student Success Fee

$30,000 has been allocated from the Student Success Fee, Academically Related Programs Fund for graduate student travel.  Successful applicants must pay all of their own travel costs up front, and will be reimbursed for appropriate costs (outlined in the Student Success Fee ARP Policy and Procedures) after they return and file their receipts.

Applications for the Student Success Fee will be accepted in February 2019.  Applications will be reviewed and approved weekly through the spring until all funding has been allocated.

Once applications are available, the Student Success Fee application can be accessed from this web site:


This is a separate application process from the Associated Students Funding.

2. Associated Students Funding

In addition to the Student Success Fee, approximately $15,000 is available annually to support graduate student travel through the Financial Affairs Committee of the Associated Students.  Successful applicants can request a travel advance, but these can take several months to process.

a) Fall 2018 Associated Students Funding travel must be taken within October 1, 2018 - January 31, 2019.

b) To apply for the 2018 Fall Cycle, applications must be turned in no later than October 1, 2018.

c) Apply for the Fall 2018 Associated Students Funding from this web site:


This is a separate application process from the Student Success Fee.