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Graduate Student Travel Awards

The semiannual Graduate Student Travel Awards program provides funding for graduate students to travel to meetings, workshops, conferences, or symposia to present their research, or to do fieldwork. All graduate students at the University of Arizona who are engaged in interdisciplinary environmental research are invited to apply. The maximum award is $500.


Deadline: April 24, 2015 at noon


  1. Applicants must be a current UA graduate student at the time of travel.
  2. Applicants must be engaged in interdisciplinary water, environmental, and/or energy research that involves at least two disciplines.
  3. Applicants must travel during the original proposed travel dates.
  4. Travel must occur between January 1 to June 15 for the Spring GSTA and June 16 to December 31 for the Summer/Fall GSTA.
  5. If you receive an award, you must submit a 200-word summary within two weeks after your return describing how you benefited from the meeting, workshop, conference, symposia, or fieldwork. 
  6. ‚ÄčRecipients are eligible to receive only one travel grant per academic year.


  1. Proposal Coversheet (download a fillable PDF file here)
  2. One-page letter explaining why it is important to participate in the meeting or fieldwork (e.g. how it will contribute to your professional development and research)
  3. Abstract of your research, or summary of your fieldwork goals
  4. Detailed budget showing all anticipated costs. NOTE: The maximum award will be $500; please explain how you will cover other expenses.
  5. Letter of recommendation from a UA faculty member
  6. Combine all of this information into ONE PDF FILE for submission.


Applications are submitted electronically to Tina Gargus, Senior Program Coordinator at tinagargus@email.arizona.edu.


An interdisciplinary panel of UA faculty/staff will review the proposals. Partial or full funding will be awarded at the discretion of the panel. Review criteria will include the strength of the proposal (e.g. impact on the students’ career, on scholarship in general, and/or environmental science and policy), interdisciplinary commitment, faculty recommendation, and financial need.