International Travel

The GSS International Travel Award (ITA) is a competitive award that offers a maximum reimbursement of up to $1,500 of approved student-incurred expenses, as determined by the ITA Committee, for travel outside of the contiguous United States and Canadian provinces and territories not adjacent to the contiguous U.S.  The ITA is offered for Fall, Spring, and Summer travel.  Full- and part-time graduate students whose departments are in good standing with GSS are eligible for the ITA.

The purpose of this award is to promote the professional and academic development of Kent State University’s graduate student population, to support diversity by giving students the opportunity to experience foreign cultures, and to extend Kent State University’s recognition on an international level by providing financial assistance for international professional development, conference presentation, or your field’s equivalency. Funding is restricted to individuals presenting, performing, or actively participating at professional conferences, competitions, festivals, performance tours, or workshops related to their academic program or specialized interests. 

Please see the complete International Travel Award Guidelines (PDF) for required application materials and instructions on how to apply for the Graduate Student Senate International Travel Award.

The International Travel Award Rubric (PDF) will be used by the selection committee members to evaluate all International Travel Award applications. Once you have downloaded the instructions above and gathered all of the necessary information, click the "International Travel Application" button below to begin the application process.

 Spring International Travel Award

Please download the GSS Funding Form (PDF) to include in your reimbursement packet.
Please view our Business Manager list for more information and to contact your respective manager.

2016-2017 Academic Year Deadlines

Fall - August 22, 2016 by 11:59 PM for travel between August 29, 2016 at 12:00 AM and January 16, 2017 at 11:59 PM.
Spring - November 28, 2016 by 11:59 PM for travel between January 17, 2017 at
12:00 AM and May 21, 2017 at 11:59 PM.
Summer - April 24, 2017 by 11:59 PM for travel between May 22, 2017 at
12:00 AM and August 27, 2017 at 11:59 PM.

The Non Resident Award Letter (PDF) pertains to non-resident students who have received an award from the Graduate Student Senate. Please read for further information.
The Resident Award Letter (DOCX) pertains to U.S. resident students who have received an award from the Graduate Student Senate.  Please read for further information.

*Please refer to the GSS Bylaws for further clarification into the policies and procedures associated with this Award (Articles V-VIII)*

Please direct questions regarding the International Travel Award  to the Vice-Executive Chair, Mark Rhodes, at