Graduate Student Council Travel Grants

GSC Travel Grant Announcements

Spring Applications are now CLOSED.

Applications for travel in the Summer and Fall will re-open in August 2024

**Applications for Summer/Fall travel will open in August 2024 (date TBD)

Spring Travel Grant applications will open in January and may fund travel occurring from January 1st to May 31st. 

Summer & Fall term applications open in August and may fund travel occurring from June 1st to December 31st.

**Please note this is a new addition to the GSC Travel Grant. If UofL restricts non-essential travel, GSC will only fund membership and registration costs of conferences.

  • After submitting your travel grant application, you will receive a system generated e-mail of submission confirmation. If you do not receive this e-mail, your application was not received by the GSC Travel Director. You should resubmit your application. 
  • You will be notified of your funding status (e.g., approved, waitlist, etc.) through the e-mail address you provide in your application. Please ensure the e-mail you provide is accurate and a UofL e-mail address.

We offer:

  • Up to $200 for graduate students attending a conference or workshops (not presenting) or to attend interviews to do externships required by your degree (see below for more details).
  • Up to $350 for graduate students presenting at a conference. (You will be put on the WAITLIST as of February 2nd) 
If you are applying for a travel award related to an interview for an externship, please write "Interview for Externship" in the Meeting Name section. Also, be aware that you will need to provide Proof of Attendance to the Director of Travel when presenting your documents after the travel (see section 5 below).
Only one award is permitted per Academic year per student to allow more students the opportunity to receive the reward. This may change if funds permit.

7 Easy Steps to Apply for GSC Travel Funding:

1. Check Here to Make Sure Your Department is Active!

Your department must be listed as either Active or Probation before you will be approved or reimbursed. If your department is listed as Probation or Inactive, please contact your representative immediately!

2. To APPLY, Please Follow the Link Below.

3. If awarded, you will receive a personalized award letter by the email address you provided in your application.

4. Travel to Destination* and Keep Itemized Receipts

Receipts that can be reimbursed include:
  • Hotel/Lodging
  • Airfare/Rental Car/Transport
  • Conference Registration**
  • Other travel related costs with GSC director approval (ALL RECEIPTS must be itemized)
*If there is a ban on non-essential student travel, "Travel to Destination" means attend your virtual conference

5. AFTER TRAVEL, Gather Required Documentation & submit for approval to the GSC Director of Travel (

Required documentation includes:

  1. GSC Travel Award Letter (email)
  2. Electronic copies of ALL itemized receipts for which you are seeking reimbursement 
  3. Proof of Presentation (for presenting awards $350)
  4. Proof of Attendance (if traveling to do an interview for an externship)

6. Submit ALL documentation electronically.

  • No paper documents will be accepted. 
  • IF receiving funds from other sources, you should schedule an appointment with your UBM (or comparable department financial administrator) to discuss what the other sources will reimburse and what the GSC will cover. GSC funds should be the last applied. UBM should Email documentation to
  • IF NO other funds/funding source, proceed with direction for electronic submission (link provided in #5, above).

PLEASE check here to make sure your department's status is listed as Active or Probation. If your department is listed as Probation or Inactive, please contact your representative immediately! Students from departments that are Inactive are ineligible to receive reimbursement from the GSC Travel Fund.

7. Obtain Funds.

Funds are applied to your UofL student account, you must have your Nelnet preferences for disbursement of residual aid set up. The funds may be disbursed in one single installment or two installments. Please allow 3 to 4 weeks for funds to be disbursed. More information about how to setup these preferences can be found on the Bursars website

**Disclaimers and FAQ**

*WE NO LONGER USE THE TEV or T&E online system

*The University of Louisville is required to adhere to all federal, state, and institutional guidelines. If your aid package is adjusted as a result, you will receive notification in your university email. Policy information is available online.

*The Administrative Guide for the Disbursal of Research/Travel Awards can be found here.

*The GSC's Travel Reimbursement Procedures can be found here.

*If you have any remaining questions, please check our FAQ page. If your question remains unanswered, please email