San Diego State University

JDP Student Travel Funds

Joint Doctoral Program Student Travel Funds

Students may apply for and receive travel funds from either or both universities (San Diego State University and University of California at San Diego). To be eligible for Student Travel funds at either or both universities, students must be presenting a paper or poster at the conference they wish to attend. Each university has somewhat different procedures for awarding travel funds. Since students can be eligible to receive one award per year from each university, they may want to consider applying at only one university for a conference and the other university for a different conference within the same year.

SDSU Graduate Student Travel Funds

Provided by the Graduate Affairs office, this fund supports travel so that students can carry out research that contributes to their thesis or dissertation, or for presenting their work at professional conferences. Each academic year there are generally two cycles of applications, one in fall/winter and one in spring. This money can be used to reimburse costs for any travel that was completed during the period designated for the award (see website for deadlines)

Although the amount of the award will vary depending on how many students apply and how much funding is available during the period in which the student applies, up to maximum of $1,000 can be requested. If a student receives an award from both universities for the same conference, there is a possibility he/she may be awarded more money than the actual cost of the travel. In that case, the award may be reduced.

UCSD Graduate Student Travel Funds

The Graduate Student Association has created a Travel Grant program to award graduate and professional students awards of up to $300 or $500 to help you travel to conferences where you will be presenting your professional work. This program is funded by GSA, Graduate Division, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and the Office of the Chancellor.

Four rounds of applications are held each year, one during each quarter. Funding will be awarded randomly from the full pool of eligible applications. Preference will be given to students who have not received a GSA travel award during the current academic year, defined as the first day of instruction of the fall quarter up until the first day of instruction of the fall quarter of the subsequent year. Applicants must be presenting a paper or giving a talk on their own original research.

Any questions about the Travel Grant program can be directed to

In order to qualify for GSA Travel Grant funding, all of the following must apply. You must be:

  • Registered as a full time UCSD graduate or professional student (including JDP student)
  • Presenting own original work as a poster or talk at the conference you are applying for travel funding to attend

All travel grant awardees will be requested to present a poster in the “Drinks and Dissertations: A graduate research symposium” in the quarter their award was allocated. Three awardees whose research is (1) innovative, (2) demonstrates originality, (3) motivating will be selected by the Academic and Judicial Committee to present their research orally at the conclusion of the symposium.