NC State
Graduate Student Association

GSA Award for Conferences

The GSA Award for Conferences is a highly competitive award that is intended to cover the entire cost of attending a conference (up to $1,500) for NC State graduate students.

Students who wish to apply for this award must submit a complete an application using the submission form. If you would like to prepare your application before using the online form, a pdf version of the application can be downloaded here. The deadline for the Fall and Spring semesters are September 15 and February 15 respectively by 5 pm. A student can only receive the GSA Award for Conferences once per graduate degree, and can only apply for the GSA Award for Conferences once for a particular conference.

Although students may apply in advance for funding, the GSA Award for Conferences operates on a reimbursement basis , meaning awardees are reimbursed for costs after travel takes place.

Eligibility:

The GSA Award for Conferences is open to currently enrolled graduate students in good
academic standing (GPA > 3.00). A student can only receive the GSA Award for
Conferences once per graduate degree. If awarded, a student is reimbursed
up to $1,500.00 to cover conference and travel expenses.

Application Requirements

All parts of this application must be received. Applications missing any of these will not be considered.

  • Completed application form
  • Personal statement of correct length (4500 characters)
  • Copy of abstract submitted to conference and confirmation of abstract acceptance (if received)
  • Copy of NC State unofficial transcript (accessible via MyPackPortal)
  • Curriculum Vitae (include list of publications, if applicable)
  • Two letters of recommendation directly sent by person writing letter to https://gsa.ncsu.edu/conference-award/recommendation-letters/ . The letter author must know the applicant’s campus ID number and Unity ID.
  • Authorization from applicant’s Director of Graduate Programs (DGP)

Application Timeline

Fall Travel Awards:
Deadline: September 15, 2016
Travel Dates: February 2016-April 15, 2017
Notification Date: November 15, 2016
(Travel up to ~5 months in advance of notification date)

Spring Travel Awards:
Deadline: February 15, 2017
Travel Dates: September 2016-September 2017
Notification date: April 15, 2017
(Travel up to ~5 months in advance of notification date)