International Travel

***Due to COVID-19 and the respective university wide travel ban, we are currently NOT ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS for the ITA. ***

Updates for past recipients:

If your conference/workshop was postponed to a later date outside of the travel period: So long as you are registered for courses or thesis/dissertation hours as a part-time or full-time graduate student, we are extending the travel period for which you can use this award and be reimbursed.  Please contact the Vice-Executive Chair with an update of the new dates of travel, if you plan to attend and use this award, and if you will be registered for classes.  If this includes any changes from your original planning or budget, please email the Vice Chair with an updated plan/budget and justification for these changes so we have this information for our records.

If the University travel ban prohibits you from attending: Do what you can to get refunds for your travel-related expenses. For non-refundable items, you will be reimbursed up to your award amount.  You must submit a reimbursement packet for all the non-refundable expenses with receipts. You will NOT be reimbursed if you complete your travel during the University travel ban. 

If your conference/workshop was canceled by the organization and organized during a time when you can no longer attend: We are allowing awardees to use the same proposal/project to attend or participate in another international conference or workshop. We are extending use of the ITA in this capacity through May 1, 2021. If you feel this applies to your situation and would like to discuss options, please email the Vice Executive Chair at with an updated budget plan and short justification for our records.

Award Overview: 

The GSS International Travel Award (ITA) is a competitive award that offers financial support 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. 

Applicants: Apply for the International Travel Award

Letter-writers: Submit Letter of Recommendation

International Travel Award Guidelines

Blinding Guidelines

Exceptional Application

Post-Award Survey

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.

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


Spring/Summer - October 18, 2019 by 11:59 p.m. for travel between January 13 and August 27, 2020 

Summer/Fall - March 6, 2020 by 11:59 p.m. for travel between May 14, 2020 and January 19, 2021

The Non Resident Award Letter (PDF) pertains to non-resident students who have received an award from the Graduate Student Senate. The Resident Award Letter (DOCX) pertains to U.S. resident students who have received an award from the Graduate Student Senate. 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, Jordyn Stoll, at