GIGSA Travel Grant

The GIGSA Graduate Student Travel Fund provides financial assistance to graduate students presenting their own research at a national or international conference or workshop. Travel for purposes other than conferences or workshops, such as for collaboration with colleagues at other institutes, may be approved on a case-by-case basis.

To qualify, the student must work for a faculty member belonging to one of the seven research groups: Space Physics & Aeronomy, Tectonics & Sedimentation, Volcanology, Atmospheric Sciences, Remote Sensing, Seismology & Geodesy, Snow, Ice & Permafrost (although they may reside anywhere on campus). Successful applicants will receive assistance in the form of frequent flier mile award tickets or monetary support for national or international meetings. For students who actively participate in GIGSA, a maximum of $800 or the equivalent value in air miles will be awarded. For students NOT actively involved in GIGSA, a maximum of $400 or the equivalent value in air miles will be awarded. The quality of the application may also influence the award tier. The award amounts in each tier may bump up by a few hundred dollars depending upon the status of GIGSA account at that time. The award will be authorized to cover airfare/mileage ticket, registration, lodging and ground transportation, depending upon the capacity of the amount awarded to the student. The award letter will be provided before travel but the amount will be reimbursed (except for the mileage ticket, if any) to the student when he/she submits the necessary documents/receipts after returning from the conference/workshop. Each student is allowed one award during a master’s program and up to two awards during a Ph.D. program.

For funding to attend the AGU Fall Meeting, applications are due September 15 of year attending. For other conferences, applications are due minimum two months prior to travel.

To apply, click on the link below and submit a completed application form. You will be directed to the orgsync portal that requires you to sign in with your UA ID and then click on Begin Form after you are signed in.

GIGSA Travel Grant Application Form

If you have any questions please contact the Travel Grant Coordinator at uaf-gigsa-travel@alaska.edu.