Note: If you still have questions after reviewing the following information, please read the Travel Award FAQ and/or contact our Awards Officer at gpsofnds [at] indiana [dot] edu.
The GPSO Travel Award is offered through a competitive process for graduate and professional students at Indiana University Bloomington. A flat award of $500 is given to help support travel expenses to conferences at which the student’s work will be presented (i.e. speeches, posters or interactive design), or to help support travel to workshops, special trainings, competitions and auditions that will benefit the student professionally. Funds may be used for registration fees, presentation materials, transportation, and lodging/food associated with the conference, workshop, training, competition or audition.
IMPORTANT NOTE: GPSO Travel Awards are awarded as university fellowships; be aware of their total financial aid need and the amount of financial aid you have already received. If you have already reached your financial aid maximum for the current semester, you may be ineligible for this award. More information about financial aid need can be found through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, and information about how much aid you have already received can be found in OneStart.
This award is not intended to fund research. Please see GPSO Research Awards for info on awards for research funding.
GPSO Travel Awards are merit-based awards. Non-travel related funding will not be considered when reviewing applications.
- Full-time enrollment in a graduate or professional degree program at Indiana University at the time of application
- Travel must occur within the specified time period to receive the Travel Award.
- Spring awards: January 1 – December 31 of the award calendar year (i.e. 2014)
- Fall awards: July 1 – June 30 of the award academic year (i.e. 2013 – 2014)
- Must NOT be a member of the GPSO Executive Committee, employee of the GPSO, or an active member of the GPSO Awards Committee reviewing applications for this award.
Applicants are limited to a single travel event per semester; this may include multiple conferences/workshops/auditions/competitions being held in a single location. Additionally, multiple awards may not be won for a single trip.
If you attended more than one conference, workshop, training, competition or audition please choose only one to be considered for this award. We recommend you choose the conference, workshop, training, competition or audition for which you believe you can build the strongest application (and submit only one application package).
If an IUB graduate or professional student is co-presenting with another IUB graduate student and all presenters wish to be considered for funding, each person needs to submit a separate application package. No group applications will be accepted.
How To Apply
Once you begin the actual application you may not be able to save and come back later. We recommend that you have your materials ready when you begin the application.
Fall applications will be posted next semester.
Winners are determined by an anonymous, competitive peer review. Applicants should note that their applications may not be read by an expert in their fields. Award applications should be written with a general academic audience in mind. If you would like to serve on an Awards Committee, click here for more information.
To read the review procedure and scoring system for applications, check out our Travel Grant Review Packet.
Also, we have compiled samples of high scoring travel applications to help you in the process: Travel Award Sample Applications
In the fall semester, applications are due in October, and winners are announced in November.
Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted for any reason.
- Applications are checked for completeness and incomplete applications are removed from consideration.
- Personal identifying information is removed by GPSO Awards Committee Chair.
- Applications are anonymously scored by at least 2 and ideally 3 GPSO Awards Committee members.
- Scores are on a 35-point scale.
- Applications are scored on several factors including:
- impact of the travel on the applicant and both its relevance to the applicant’s discipline and broader importance;
- applicants role in the event or necessity of travel;
- a well-justified budget;
- the overall quality of the application;
- Scores are standardized for each reviewer and used to rank the applications.
- GPSO forwards the top award candidates to the Graduate School to verify they are full-time IUB graduate students.
- GPSO notifies award winners.
Previous Award Winners
- Arian Ashourvan, Neuroscience/Optometry
- Alexis Barton, Psychological and Brain Sciences/Statistics
- Wesley Beaulieu, Biology/Statistics
- Owen Boberg, Astronomy
- Meghan Buchanan, Anthropology
- Rebecca Caldwell, Geological Sciences
- Danielle Daidone, Second Language Studies/Spanish and Portuguese
- Julie Eyink, Psychological and Brain Sciences
- David Massey, Geography
- William McConnell, Sociology/Statistics
- Margaret Messerschmidt, Environmental Science/Public Affairs
- Lisa Miller, Sociology
- Jaehan Park, Literacy, Culture, and Language Education
- Dana Prewitt, Sociology
- Tai Rogers, Ceramics
- Kelly Roudabush, Early Music Institute
- Landon Schnabel, Sociology
- Oliver Shao, Ethnomusicology/Anthropology
- Krista Wilhelmson, Music Performance (Voice)
- Luis Andrade Lotero, Education Counseling/Educational Psychology
- Danielle Daidone, Second Language Studies
- Ai-Chu Ding, Language Education
- Leslie Drane, Anthropology
- Janice Frisch, Folklore
- Ross Israel, Linguistics
- Michael Keruslov, Language Education
- Tamara Kharroub, Telecommunications
- Matthew Rowe, Anthropology
- Lauren Rudolph, Psychology
- Ren-Jay Shei, Kinesiology
- Erin Sweany, English
- Benjamin Taylor, Music Composition
- Nurettin Ucar, Germanic Languages
- Natasha Yurk, Sociology
- Haipeng Zhang, Informatics/Computer Science
- Daniel Bebon, Central Eurasian Studies
- Lewis Bradford, Anthropology
- Sarah Cadieux, Geological Sciences
- Larissa Collier, Anthropology
- Stephen Fafulas, Spanish and Portuguese
- Mollee Farrell, Psychology
- Suzanne Ingalsbe, Folklore
- Kioko Ireri, Journalism
- Cara Kinnally, American Studies
- Shiri Noy, Sociology
- Jeanette Samyn, English
- Marco Schirripa, Music Percussion
- Sofia Souto, Speech and Hearing
- Virginia Whealton, Musicology
- Katherine Wiley, Anthropology
- Mengyi Yang, Music Piano/Piano Pedagogy
Spring 2012 Travel Award Winners
- Nicholas Best, History and Philosophy of Science
- Lisa Borrero, Health, Physical Education, and Recreation
- Kathryn Boucher, Psychology
- Quetzal Class, Psychology
- Anne Fiala, Fine Arts
- Candice Grant, Education
- Steve Green, Psychology
- Savannah Hall, English
- Joo Hyung Kim, Political Science
- Elizabeth Konwest, Anthropology
- Yilmaz Koylu, Second Language Studies
- Gloria Maleski, Geography
- Michael Miragliotta, Music
- David Riese, Geological Sciences
- Tiffany Roman, Education
- Laura Seger, History and Philosophy of Science
- Benjamin Taylor, Music
- Ashley Viager, Education