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San Diego State University

Division of Research Affairs

Student Success Fee- Graduate Student Travel Fund


 Graduate Student Travel Fund- Student Success Fee-

The Graduate Student Travel Fund (GSTF) supports travel associated with scholarly research and creative activities. The GSTF is managed by a sub-committee of the University Research Council’s Student Research Committee and includes representation from Associated Students, Graduate Student Association, the Graduate Council and Research Affairs.

$30,000 has been allocated from the Student Success Fee, Academically Related Programs Fund. Successful applicants must pay all of their own travel costs up front, and they will be reimbursed for appropriate costs outlined in the  SSF ARP Policy and Procedures after they return from the travel and file their receipts. Students may only receive up to $1,000. Student Success Fee, Academically Related Programs (SSF ARP) reimbursement for travel MUST be undertaken between January 1, 2018 and May 1, 2018. *Maximum lodging per diem is $80 a day and maximum meal per diem is $30 per day for reimbursement. *

Applications for the Graduate Student Travel Fund-Student Success Fee, Academically Related Programs (SSF ARP) must be received no later than April 25, 2018.  

Please use the Student Travel Check List to see which documents apply to your travel. 

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. 

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


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If accepted, all necessary documents must be completed and turned into the Research Affairs office prior to travel. (Please see list of necessary documents below). Again, travel must be taken between February 1, 2017 and May 1, 2017.


Necessary documents to be turned in prior to travel, if accepted:

Student Travel Authorization Form 

Release of Liability Form

Foreign Travel Insurance

Authroization to Use Private Vehicle 

Please use the Student Travel Check List to see which documents apply to your travel.