Funded by: Graduate Student Association
*Funding is disbursed as a reimbursement after travel.
The WCU Graduate Student Association will provide up to $16,000 in funding during the academic year to graduate students who will represent Western Carolina University at regional and national/international conferences, professional organization meetings, etc. See complete list below. Travel awards are for a maximum of $500 for an individual. The Executive Board officers of the Graduate Student Association reserve the right to approve the request in part or in full. A committee including at least two Executive Board officers of the Graduate Student Association will approve applications. All approvals or denials will have a brief description provided by the Executive Officers.
General Focus: GSA travel funds support WCU graduate students' scholarly/artistic/professional development by assisting with costs related to travel to regional and national/international events.
Although GSA supports experiential activities, some experiential activities include travel which is not eligible for the GSA Travel Award. For example, travel expenses related to Study Abroad courses, Practicums, Clinicals, Internships, etc., are not eligible for GSA reimbursement.
To be eligible for consideration, the student must be enrolled at WCU as a graduate student in good academic standing at the time of the application and travel. Good academic standing is defined as a cumulative 3.0 GPA. Students are only eligible for one travel award per academic year (1 June - 31 May).
The application and all application documentation or cost estimates must be submitted by the application deadline each semester. Review and approval of applications will happen at the first Executive Committee meeting following the deadline.
|1 June through 31 December
|16 October 2023
|1 November through 31 May
|15 February 2024
GSA reviews applications after the posted deadlines for each cycle. GSA does not review applications outside of the fall and spring application cycles nor do they review spring applications early during the fall cycle. Spring cycle applications will be reviewed after the 15 February deadline.
Students can submit an application by the spring semester deadline for a fall conference or event under the condition that the event did not occur before the fall 16 October deadline. (e.g. A conference which happened in late November can have a travel award request filled out by 15 February.)
Students must complete the Graduate Student Travel Award Application. Please use the personal link provided to you in the email announcement and reminders we send. You can contact the Graduate School at 828.227.7398 or via email at email@example.com if you have any questions. Each student traveling and requesting funding must complete the application. No group applications accepted.
Documentation must be included with the travel award application and all scans or screenshots must be legible.
Students must include:
Documentation must be included with the travel award request if you have already traveled.
Use this checklist to help you prepare your application.
Funding is determined based on the priority system. Travel grants may only be used to cover travel expenses for airfare, receipt required; mileage calculated if you are driving; lodging, receipt required; and/or conference registration fees, receipt required. The priority system is as follows for graduate students who are:
GSA has implemented a point system to provide transparency to the award process.
Proposals for the following will not be considered: Professional development to address skills required by your current position or equipment/books required by your current position/major.
Notification of Award Request:
Applicants will be notified of the GSA Executive Board’s decision via email approximately one (1) month following the deadline if not sooner. If the request is approved, please be sure the receipt lists you as the person who paid the vendor. If the request is denied, the reason for the denial will be included in the notification email. Requests denied due to lack of information may not be resubmitted.
The GSA Executive Officers will also create a ranked waitlist of requests in the event that additional funds become available. If you are approved for funding and your plans change and you cannot attend, please inform Kate Roche as soon as possible so that we can fund a student from the waitlist.
For more information, please contact:
Graduate School and Research
110 Cordelia Camp Building
Cullowhee, NC 28723