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GSA Travel Awards

UC Merced GSA Conference Travel Award Fellowship

UCM GSA Conference Travels Awards are designed to assist members of our graduate community who travel to conferences to present original work or network as pertinent to their graduate study. The award will be provided upfront to students who are traveling for the conference. 

Applications must be received by 11:59 pm by the date stated in the call-out email for each cycle. Only one application per person will be considered for each cycle. The conference start date must be within the time of the travel award cycle. 

To be eligible for a travel grant, applicants must:

  1. Be a current graduate student at UC Merced.

  2. Attend a conference (virtual or in-person) at which they present their work.

  3. Have not received a GSA Travel award within the last 12 months.

Five students from each school (Engineering, Natural Sciences, SSHA) will receive an award each cycle. Each student can only apply once during each award cycle. Applications will be randomly selected for awards, but students can receive up to one extra entry if they meet one of the following criteria:

  • Applicant is in the final year of their program
  • Applicant is attending a conference with an emphasis or focus on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)
  • Applicant is giving an oral presentation

Applications that are incomplete, submitted out of the specified time period in the GSA official call-out email, or that have not followed instructions will be disqualified. 

Additionally, students who attended a conference in the past cycle and did not receive funding may apply for a travel award. These applicants will be drawn from the pool of previously unused travel funds. These awards will be awarded randomly according to the same criteria as detailed above. 


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*Subject to change, Keep an eye on GSA call-out email for applications.

Page last edited: 2/25/2024