Domestic Travel

The GSS Domestic Travel Award (DTA) is a non-competitive award that supports graduate students to attend or travel to a domestic conference. This award offers a flat rate of $400 to attend a domestic conference or up to $400 to attend a virtual event (depending on the event registration fee).

 The Spring 2023 DTA offers a flat rate of $500 to attend an in-person conference/workshop or up to $500 to attend a virtual event. (This change is specific to the Spring 2023 DTA).

This award aims to promote the professional and academic development of the graduate students at Kent State University. The DTA funding is restricted to individuals presenting, performing, or actively participating at professional conferences or similar academic events related to their academic program or field standards. Graduate students can receive one DTA per semester.

Students are eligible to apply for GSS travel awards with university-sponsored travel reinstated. Travel can increase your chance of getting or spreading COVID-19. Anyone traveling should carefully review the continuously updated Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance regarding travel. The CDC’s travel website offers detailed information about airline travel, both foreign and domestic, and other travel. Kent State requires university community members to contact the COVID Response Team in certain instances. Please get familiar with Kent State's COVID-19 reporting guidelines and Covid-19 FAQs for Kent State.

Applicants: Apply for the Summer 2022 DTA 

Domestic Travel Award Guidelines 

Post Award Survey

Tax Form for International Students

Please view our Business Manager list for more information and to contact your respective manager.


Fall 2022 – September 5, 2022, by 11:59 p.m. for travel between August 25, 2022, and January 16, 2023
Spring 2023 – January 30, 2023, by 11:59 p.m. for travel between January 17, 2023, and May 17, 2023 
*The DTA for Spring 2023 will open on December 12th*
Summer 2023 – May 29, 2023, by 11:59 p.m. for travel between May 18, 2023, and August 23, 2023

Domestic Travel Award Recipients

Summer 2021 DTA Recipients 

Fall 2021 DTA Recipients 

Spring 2022 DTA Recipients 


Awardees: After you are approved for the DTA award, please see the instructions in your award letter for receiving the award amount. Once you have submitted your signed and filled award letter back to the Finance Chair, the Office of the Dean of Students will process the award as a scholarship through your Bursar account, and you should receive the fund within 21 business days. As a recipient of this award, you are also required to complete a Post-Award Survey within 14 days after the return/attendance from the conference.

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 (PDF) 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)

For questions regarding the Domestic Travel Award, please contact the Finance Chair, Phaedra Norrell,