Conference Travel Grants
Facilitating presentation of original work by UCR graduate and professional students
Types of conference travel awards
1: GSA-Chancellor’s Conference Travel Award: this award is supported through the GSA referendum and matching funds from the Chancellor.
2: GSA-Grad Division Conference Travel Fellowship: this fellowship is administered through the GSA and funded through Grad Division.
GSA provides conference travel grants only to fee paying graduate students currently attending the University of California Riverside.
Region Caps Per Conference
Effective beginning with July 1, 2019 travelers, the following terms and conditions are applied to the Conference Travel Grant. The Annual GSA travel grant cap per person for 2019-2020 is $1,400.00. These caps are re-evaluated monthly based on available funding for the rest of the year.
|Region||Region Definition||Max Award
|West||CA, OR, WA, NV, AZ, UT, ID, MT, WY, CO, & NM||$400.00
|Continental||Midwest, East Coast, AK, Canada, HI, PR, & MX||$600.00
|International||Outside of the continent that you depart from and return to.||$900.00
|Maximum Annual Total||$1400.00|
Effective January 1, 2020, the mileage reimbursement rate for automotive travel is $.57.5 cents/mile.
Applications are due before the first day of the previous month in which your conference ends. Deadlines are subject to change to the following business day if the deadline falls on a UCR legal holiday.
|Month of Conference End Date||Deadline (4 pm)|
|August 2020||July 1 (Wednesday)|
|September 2020||August 3 (Monday)|
|October 2020||September 1 (Tuesday)|
|November 2020||October 1 (Thursday)|
|December 2020||November 2 (Monday)|
|January 2021||December 1 (Tuesday)|
|February 2021||January 6 (Wednesday)|
|March 2021||February 1 (Monday)|
|April 2021||March 1 (Monday)|
|May 2021||April 1 (Thursday)|
|June 2021||May 3 (Monday)|
How to apply
Step one (before conference)
We only accept electronic submissions through our online system. Just click here and follow the instructions!
Applications are due before the first day of the previous month in which your conference ends.
Complete the checklist here to ensure you have completed all parts of the application process correctly.
We no longer accept physical applications.
Prior to leaving for the conference, submit the completed recommendation form from your adviser.
Step two (post conference)
Submit to GSA all supplemental application materials in person.
Materials due 7 working days after the last day of the conference.
The reimbursement guide may assist you in this process.
- A signed conference travel grant expense form.
- All original receipts and boarding passes (including those to be reimbursed by other sources) must be submitted to the GSA Conference Travel Grant Coordinator.
- Proof of attendance (such as conference badge or letter from conference confirming your attendance)
- For presenters:
- Proof of Acceptance in the conference. If you are not the first author, proof that you are the primary presenter.
Once your application is processed, the receipts will be made available to your home department.
NO RECEIPTS SHOULD BE PROCESSED BY YOUR HOME DEPARTMENT UNTIL WE HAVE FINISHED PROCESSING YOUR RECEIPTS IN iTRAVEL.
Changes due to COVID19
Due to the coronavirus situation and since the conferences are being held online, at least during the Fall quarter we will be giving Travel Grants to cover only the registration fees for the conferences, up to a maximum of $200.
The application process is the same and the deadline for sending post-conference materials remains the same as well (7 working days after the last day of the conference) Post-conference materials should be sent to the email firstname.lastname@example.org
These materials must include, at least, the following documents, ALL IN PDF FORMAT:
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
The purpose of the conference travel grant is to promote the presentation at conferences of original graduate student research done at UCR.
Conference travel grants are small grants available to UCR graduate students who are attending professional conferences. Please read the conference travel grant FAQ for more information about this program.
If you are a registered graduate student in good standing at UC Riverside who is planning on presenting at or attending an event, you may be eligible for an award. Students on filing fee status are eligible. Students on leave of absence or in absentia registration are not eligible for conference travel grants. New graduate students that are presenting research prior to their work at UC Riverside are not eligible for conference travel grants. Conference travel grants are not intended to fund, among others: workshops, research, instruction, training, classes, job interviews, or events in which participants are solely from UCR. If your application is denied because it was determined to be a workshop, you are welcome to appeal this decision. Please refer to the appeals section on the “How to Apply” page of this website.
You must be the primary presenter of graduate student work that was completed at UCR. The Conference Travel Grant program will only fund one graduate student per presentation. If you are not the first author, you must submit a letter from the conference organizer or the session chair indicating that you were the primary presenter.
Fill out the application here and submit it by the first of the month preceding the last day of the conference.
Conference travel grants are funded by Graduate Students’ fees and a matching grant from the Office of the Chancellor. For more information, please see the conference travel grant history page.
The yearly GSA travel grant cap per person is $1,400.00 per academic year until further notice.
Conference travel grants are not intended to fund, among others: research, instruction, training, classes, job interviews, or events in which participants are solely from UCR. Workshops are not eligible. If presenting as part of a panel, applicant must show proof of individual presentation.
Among other ineligible expenses, conference travel grants will not cover meals, memberships in professional associations, tuition, phone calls, presentation materials, or other incidental expenses.
Outside funding is taken into account to ensure that nobody receives more from all sources than they actually spent.
Fixed amount means that your department, advisor, or some other award pays a set amount regardless of the amount of your GSA conference travel grant award.
Matching grant means that your department or advisor will provide an amount of funding equal to that of your GSA conference travel grant award.
Balance of expenses means that your department of advisor will pay the remaining balance of your expenses after receipt of your GSA conference travel grant award.
Conference travel grants do not fund professors or departments. Only expenses incurred by a student are eligible for reimbursement. This includes the sharing of accommodations or travel. You must document on every application what amount was paid by each student. Conference travel grants cannot reimburse students for amounts that they did not pay.
Attendees are responsible for the majority of their funding. GSA conference travel grants will normally cover a small amount, but the amount of awards will depend on the number of completed applications in a given month.
Each quarter the conference travel grant committee decides on a maximum award per student per conference. The amounts vary by the location of the conference with local conferences receiving less that international conferences. These caps determine the maximum amount that can be reimbursed, and expenses lower than the cap are reimbursed in full. The cap may be lowered for any particular month depending on the number of applicants.
Conference travel grants are not intended to be your primary funding source. Always check first with your thesis advisor and department to see if there are funds available to offset your travel costs. Departments often match the amount we award you or will give you a set dollar amount. Remember you are required to report outside funding on your mini-grant application and to follow your department’s policies regarding travel reimbursement. Reimbursements cannot be over 100%.
Applicants who are denied funding will receive a letter indicating the reason they were denied. You may appeal an award amount or appeal the decision to decline by writing a letter to the committee explaining why you feel you deserve to have your application re-evaluated. This letter must be received by the committee within 30 days of receiving your check or letter of decline. The conference travel grant committee will re-evaluate your application at the next meeting and issue a new decision. You will be notified of this decision by letter or email. If you are still unhappy, you may appeal a second time. Once again, this appeal must be submitted in writing within 30 days of notification of the committee decision concerning the first appeal. You are limited to two appeals. Submit all appeals in person to the GSA Office or to email@example.com.
Several locations have reported an increase in the use by travelers of Internet sites to purchase vacation packages for University-related business trips. This creates issues with providing appropriate documentation because charges are not itemized. These packages will not be reimbursed in the absence of receipts that itemize each expense.
Before 1999, the Office of the Chancellor gave GSA $12,000 annually to help graduate students with expenses associated with travel to conferences. The grants were truly mini back then, students could apply once a year, and there was a different fixed amount allocated for local, national and international applications. In 1998-1999, while negotiating an increase in the allocation, then Chancellor Ray Orbach bluffed that, if the graduate students agreed to tax themselves for this purpose, he would match the fee increase. On the 1999 GSA elections ballot, a referendum was included proposing a raise in GSA fees from $10 to $20 per student per quarter. The $10 increase would be phased in $2 each year, the additional fees were earmarked for the conference travel grant program, and the Office of the Chancellor would match the increase. The referendum passed, and as a result the GSA rolled in $132,000 for the conference travel grant program in 2003-2004 (the year when the fees finally capped at $20 per student per quarter).
In April 2006, the mini-grant committee changed the program’s name to the conference travel grant program. The mini-grant committee adopted this new name to avoid confusion between the mini-grant and mini-GSA programs and to clarify the types of events that the grants fund. The program has also adopted a mission statement, which is now available on the main conference travel grant page. GSA thanks the Chancellor for continuing Ray Orbach’s commitment to fund the conference travel grant program.
Forms and Appeals
Click on any of the items listed below to access the current GSA form.
Applicants who are denied funding will receive a letter indicating the reason they were denied. You may appeal an award amount or appeal the decision to decline by writing a letter to the committee explaining why you feel you deserve to have your application re-evaluated. This letter must be received by the committee within 30 days of receiving your reimbursement or letter of decline. The committee meets once a month. The conference travel grant committee will re-evaluate your application at the next meeting and issue a new decision. You will be notified of this decision by letter or email. If you are still unhappy, you may appeal a second time. Once again, this appeal must be submitted in writing within 30 days of notification of the committee decision concerning the first appeal. You are limited to two appeals.
Submit all appeals in person to the GSA Office or to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Conference Travel Grant Coordinator: Judit Palencia Gutiérrez
Tel: (951) 827-3141
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