Individual travel grant rules and guidelines
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P.O. Box 873402
Tempe, AZ 85287-3402
Phone: (480) 727-9870
Any ASU student registered for at least 1 graduate-level credit at the time of application and the time of travel (Summer enrollment not required) may apply for up to $950 per academic year. Travel must be directly related to the applicant’s graduate program of study.
BLIND REVIEW PROCESS:
You MUST remove your name from any verbiage and/or documentation in your application, e.g. resumes/CVs, the signature line (please just initial as the directions state). Failure to do so negates the blind process and will result in disqualification of the application.
- Please note that beginning with February 2016 applications, the monthly deadline will be the 1st (FIRST) of each month. Applications for March travel are due February 1st (not February 7th).
- An application must be submitted no later than 11:59 PM AZ time on the 1st day of the month prior to the month of departure.
- Example: If traveling on October 22, the online application is due no later than September 1st at 11:59 PM AZ time.
- Applications are peer-reviewed monthly, after the 1st. Each month constitutes a travel funding cycle.
- If you apply a month or two before the deadline for your travel, you may choose to re-submit your application if not initially selected, but you MUST create a new application in ZoomGrants.
- Deadlines and completed information are essential to processing requests in a fair and orderly manner. In order to ensure the integrity of the application process, no exceptions will be made to program guidelines or deadlines. GPSA does not fund retroactively. To receive funding, you must apply before you travel.
- GPSA will review applications for travel no earlier than 2 review cycles (2 months) prior to departure.
In most cases, the Travel Grant will cover costs of airfare, fuel/mileage if driving your own vehicle, ground transportation transportation (taxi, shuttle services, trains, public transportation), hotels/lodging, meals, and event registration.
The cost of your meals can be calculated using the daily rate determined by ASU (per diem) for your destination. To determine this rate, visit https://cfo.asu.edu/travel-perdiem.
The Travel Grant will not cover the cost of rental cars, phone calls, internet access charges, or any expense prohibited by university policy. Expenses paid in cash are not reimbursable. Only pay with credit card or check.
- Note Regarding One-Way Fares: If you decide to purchase two one-way airfares instead of a round-trip fare, you will need to print a quote of a round-trip fare at the time your one-way fares were booked, in order to demonstrate to the ASU Travel Department that the round-trip fare is in fact more expensive.
GPSA will not give travel advances for any reason.
If you are planning to drive your own vehicle and request mileage reimbursement, the ASU Travel Dept now requires extra documentation:
- At least 21 days prior to your departure date, you will need to print proof of airfare for your trip, to demonstrate to ASU that your mileage will cost less than flying. The Travel Dept will reimburse drivers for either a) the cost of airfare + $50 estimated ground transportation OR b) the calculated mileage expense, whichever is less.
- If there are less than 21 days until your departure and you decide to drive, simply request an airfare quote for a flight to your destination 21 days from the current date. (It does not matter if the flight on the airfare quote matches your actual departure date.)
Applicants will be notified of the status of their application no later than the 30th of the month prior to their month of departure. If an applicant does not receive an email notification, it is the applicant’s responsibility to inquire of his or her application status. Partial awards may be given.
- Notification emails are sent to applicants approximately two to three weeks after each cycle deadline.
- Please safeguard the email email@example.com as notifications are sent directly from the ZoomGrants system.
You may receive several travel grants within one year (i.e., July through June), for a maximum annual award of $950.
1.) SUBMIT RECEIPTS:
It is the responsibility of the graduate student to inform GPSA if they are being funded by multiple sources. This will affect the trip request management process. Please let Stacy Porche know if your trip is being funded by multiple sources.
It is imperative that you follow all instructions in the award letter in order to be reimbursed. Your My ASU Trip Request, which you will create after being approved for funding, must be approved prior to departure. Keep all original receipts for travel and lodging, including conference program documentation if staying at a conference hotel whose rate is higher than the lodging per diem. Hotel receipts must be itemized. If you are sharing a room, you will need proof of hotel occupancy/proof of payment for your share of the hotel bill. Also keep a copy of any event registration forms or other proof of registration payment.
Upon returning from your trip, enter your final expenses in your My ASU Trip Request. You may need to reduce the amounts so that they do not exceed the total reimbursable (awarded) amount. Make copies of all receipts for your records. Submit all original documentation (e.g., airline receipts, hotel bills, ground transportation receipts, conference registration forms, bank/credit card statements) ONLINE on the My ASU Trip system no later than 5 business days after your return. Receipts are now 100% online on the My ASU Trip System. If you do not receive reimbursement within 30 days, contact the Office Manager. More detailed instructions on the Expense Report Process are included on the Application Instructions page.
2.) TESTIMONIAL REQUIREMENT:
In addition to abiding by all program guidelines and requirements, grant recipients must agree to provide a brief written statement or sound bite describing how the travel grant contributed to their academic/professional development, for use on the GPSA website and promotional materials. Pictures can also be submitted, but not in lieu of the written or recorded statement. This should be submitted via the Supplementary Documents section of ZoomGrants. You can upload this report as an attachment directly on the ZoomGrants website. You will need to log-in after you are awarded funding and upload this as an attachment.
Additionally, acknowledgment of GPSA support must be included on any academic posters, PowerPoint presentations, or any other materials presented or distributed at a conference or professional development event.
YOU MUST SUBMIT THIS REPORT WITHIN 5 DAYS OF YOUR RETURN FROM YOUR TRAVEL.
Failure in complying may rescind your travel grant.
WHAT TO DO IN YOUR TESTIMONIAL
- Thank GPSA (of course!)
- Tell how this contributes to your research (why it’s needed)
- Tell how this contributes to ASU’s design aspirations
HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR APPLICATION:
- Within the application, provide a well-composed and compelling argument for the significance of your travel and how it relates to success in your graduate program of study
- Demonstrate outstanding current or past service to GPSA, the university, and your field
- Submit a complete and realistic budget
- Ensure that no information is missing from your application
- In addition, funding priority may be given to applicants who have not been awarded funds in the past. Please note that this is a highly selective grant competition. Correctly completing an application does not ensure funding. Each month, many excellent applications are not selected for the grant because of the large number of requests submitted and the limited availability of funds. We encourage you to submit your application at least two months prior to your travel date. Some months are less competitive than others.
- Make sure to describe your ROLE in the event (e.g. your research, poster, panel) not just the EVENT.
- The GPSA and its administrators are not responsible for technological failure. Technical support can be contacted by visiting the application website.
- The GPSA and its administrators are not responsible for any lost, destroyed, or otherwise delayed applications or for any resulting loss of funds by their own negligence.
- No awards are guaranteed, and the GPSA Vice President of Internal Affairs and Vice President of Professional Development may rescind any travel grant for any reason at any time without prior notification.
- Program guidelines are subject to change at any time, with or without notice.
- Applicants are strongly encouraged to communicate with respect towards officers, staff members, or GPSA representatives in all correspondence. If you are unable to comply with this request you will be expelled from participating in all future travel grants for the current academic year. You will then be submitted to the Graduate College for disciplinary action in accordance with ACD125.
- QUESTIONS? Reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that all applicants for any GPSA program must submit their own unique, individual applications to all GPSA-funded programs. Students are not permitted to take any portion of content from prior student awardees for any reason whatsoever. Any student caught using the work (in any portion) from another student or copying their own material from a prior application will be considered in violation of GPSA’s policy. Such action will prohibit the student in question from being eligible for the current application in consideration, and may inhibit eligibility for future GPSA funding applications. In summary, each application must be your own original work.
Given that we are a student entity within Arizona State University, GPSA mandates that all students act within the university’s academic integrity policy found HERE.