Travel Grants Student Volunteers

GSA Sections, Divisions, and Associated Societies are ready to help you get to the meeting! Various groups are offering grants to help defray your costs for registration, field trips, travel, etc. Eligibility criteria and deadline dates may vary by grant.

Travel Grants

GSA Sections (North America & Mexico)

GSA Section Travel Grants
Application deadline (1 October) has passed.

GSA Sections offer travel grants to help students attend the annual meeting. Click here to check the eligibility requirements for your Section. The application form is available from this page only during the pre-registration period.

IMPORTANT NOTES: You must be registered for the meeting before you can apply. GSA will reimburse you. Student travel grant checks will not be distributed during the Annual Meeting. Recipients will be required to check in during the meeting at the Annual Meeting Office, show identification, verify their address and sign the check-in sheet to receive their check. The checks will be mailed to the recipient following the Annual Meeting. If a recipient does not check in at the Annual Meeting Office, their grant check will be voided. If this presents a hardship, contact William Cox no later than 11 October to discuss alternative payment arrangements.

GSA Minority-Serving Institutions

The application deadline (31 July) has passed.

GSA is offering travel grants to help support the participation of groups of faculty and students from Minority-Serving Institutions who may not otherwise having funding to attend GSA 2018. Groups may consist of 1-3 individuals that may be a combination of faculty members, undergraduate, or graduate students. One application per group is required.

GSA encourages low-income, minority, first generation, non-traditional, women, veterans, LBGTQ, and individuals with disabilities to apply. Applicants do not need to be members of GSA or presenting a poster or paper at the meeting (although it is preferred). This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation 

For questions about the application, contact Tahlia Bear, .


The application deadline (5 July) has passed.

International offers travel grants to help support the participation of international scientists and students at GSA 2018 in Indianapolis. Travel grant funds are limited; grants will not cover the full cost to attend the meeting but are intended to help offset the combined cost of registration, housing, and travel. Applicants will be notified about their status (successful or not) by 27 July. [more]

On To the Future Awards

The OTF application deadline (26 May) has passed.

The On To the Future (OTF) Program provides partial travel awards to students who belong to groups that are underrepresented in the geosciences to attend their first GSA Annual Meeting.

GSA highly encourages low-income, minority, first-generation, non-traditional, veterans, and students with disabilities to apply.
Learn more via the OTF website.


Check with your Division or Section

Many GSA Divisions and Sections offer grants as well as best-paper awards. Be sure to check with yours for Annual Meeting-related funding.


Convince Your Boss
Download this justification letter template (Word format) that outlines the importance of attending.


Interested in helping students participate in the meeting?

Every year, a large percentage of students apply for travel grants for the meeting but do not receive an award due to a limited number of funds. You can help reduce this number by donating as little as US$10 via your registration form. 100% of funds collected go to students!


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