GSA Travel Fund

This award supports travel costs for doctoral students presenting at professional academic conferences. The maximum amount given for domestic travel is $500; the maximum amount given for overseas travel is $750.

Note: Students should apply for departmental and/or divisional funds (i.e., Lichtstern for Anthropology students) for transportation expenses at the same time as applying for the GSA Travel Fund. Departmental/divisional applications should be submitted directly to the appropriate department/division, and the GSA Travel Fund application (including faculty statements of support) should be submitted directly to Graduate Student Affairs, c/o Jessica Smith, via email ( or in Levi Hall (Admin Building) room 222. Please be mindful of individual application deadlines.


  • Applicants must be doctoral students at the University of Chicago in one of the four divisions or professional schools;
  • Applicants must be in or beyond their 3rd year of PhD work at the time the resources will be used (Note: Divinity School students are eligible if they have completed 2 years of Master’s work and are in the 1st year or beyond of doctoral work at the University of Chicago)
  • Applicants must be presenting at the conference they are attending;
  • Students can only hold the award once (students who have held the Doolittle-Harrison grant are not eligible for the GSA Travel Fund.

Application Process:

Complete applications must be submitted at least 30 days prior to the dates during which the award will be used. In order to be considered for the award, a student must submit a fully completed application, including:

  • Application form (Word version or PDF*)
  • Statement of no more than 500 words describing (a) the proposed conference and (b) its relevance to the applicant’s academic program;
  • Documentation (e.g., invitation letter) of presentation at a conference;
  • Faculty Adviser Statement of Support (PDF*), e-mailed to Jessica Smith (must be sent directly from the faculty member);
  • UChicago transcript – eTranscript is preferred.

Fellowship recipients will receive funds as a reimbursement after travel has occurred and must submit receipt copies documenting expenses. Food receipts are unnecessary as a per diem of $25 is automatically given.

*Note that PDF versions must be opened in Adobe Reader in order to be filled in electronically.

Please direct questions to Jessica Smith. Applications and Faculty Adviser Statement of Support can be submitted via email, fax, or mail to:

Graduate Student Affairs
5801 South Ellis Avenue, Room 222
Chicago, IL 60637
FAX: 773.702.1194

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