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Travel Awards

The mission of the Graduate Student Senate Travel Awards is to advance the interests of UT graduate and professional students and promote the research created at UT by easing the student’s financial burden of travel.

The Graduate Student Senate Travel Award is administered by the Dean of the Graduate School in coordination by the Graduate Student Senate. Allocations from this fund provide travel awards for University of Tennessee graduate students attending professional meetings to present original research. The awards, distributed three times a year, are made on the basis of both need and merit, and allow for partial reimbursement of transportation, lodging, and conference expenses.

Travel award requests must be filed using the current Graduate Student Senate Travel Awards application. Review the process, application, and deadline dates below.

The application for Summer 2018 will be open on March 1, 2018. If you cannot fill out the online application, please email the GSS Travel Awards chair at Applications must still include the signatures on the paper copy emailed upon completion of the application.

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Review Process

Workshop Presentation

In order for your application to be complete, it must be received by the Graduate School office (111 Student Services Building) no later than 5 p.m. on the day of the application deadline. If you have any question about the GSS Travel Fund Application process, please contact

Graduate students in either the College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) and the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences (EHHS) must submit their travel applications to their respective college deans at least one week in advance of the GSS deadlines listed below.


Travel Dates A&S and EHHS All Other Colleges
Fall: September 1 – December 31, 2017 August 21, 2017 August 28, 2017
Spring: January 1 – April 30, 2018 November 20, 2017 November 27, 2017
Summer: May 1 – August 31, 2018 April 2, 2018 April 9, 2018

These workshops are offered by the GSS to help you better understand the Travel Awards application process, and make sure your application has all the information needed.

View the breakdown of Travel award info in this handy workshop guide.

Check the GSS Event Calendar for upcoming workshop dates.

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