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Career Development Grant

The GPSA Career Development (CD) Travel Grant exists to support and promote the success of ASU graduate and professional student development by increasing ASU’s reputation as a Research Extensive Institution, promoting the ASU graduate and professional student community at large, and fostering opportunities for professional growth.

*Starting January 1, 2021, the Career Development Grant will be offered on a monthly basis. All deadlines are the FIRST of the month, by 11:59 PM AZ time.*

Program Overview & Eligibility Requirement

  • The funds awarded from this program are used to support individual student travel to and from professional development activities, such as certifications, workshops, trainings, exhibitions, performances, competitions and other activities directly related to the student’s graduate program of study or professional development. Examples of eligible events for the CD Travel Grant include:
    • Registration to complete required certification and/or professional exams;
    • Preparation courses for professional exams (not included in ASU tuition);
    • Attending a workshop or training;
    • Giving a recital or performance not within the context of an academic conference;
    • Delivering an invited address that is not better described as an academic conference presentation;
    • Participating in a competition related to your program of study;
    • Traveling to/from a study abroad opportunity (NOT tuition and fees), and/or,
    • Attending any other event or activity related to your program of study.
    • Traveling to or from research and research related activities.
  • Travel to study abroad opportunities, including Global Consulting Lab (GCL) and the Thunderbird Emerging Markets (TEM) Lab, are eligible for this grant ONLY.
  • You must be a current ASU graduate student (degree or non-degree seeking) enrolled in at least one graduate level credit at the time of application and time of travel (summer enrollment not required) to apply. Online students are NOT eligible for GPSA Travel Grant funding.
  • Applicants can seek reimbursement for up to $550 in travel per fiscal year (July 1 through June 30).
  • There are two options for CD Travel Funding: local and out-of-state. Applicants will need to select one of these options on the application. Be sure to pay attention to the deadlines below.

Blind Review Process

You MUST remove your name from any verbiage and/or documentation in your application (e.g. offer letters). Failure to do so negates the blind review process and will result in disqualification of the application.


Local CD and/or Virtual Experiences (Mileage, Local Transportation, Parking Fees, and/or Registration Reimbursement Only)

  • Applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 PM AZ time on the 1st day of the month, ONE month prior to the event or anticipated expense.
    • Example: If your workshop begins November 22, your travel grant application is due no later than October 1st at 11:59 PM AZ time.

Out-of-State CD Experiences (Airfare, Registration, Lodging, and/or Per Diem)

  • Because air travel must be approved by the GPSA business office prior to the travel, applications for out-of-state CD travel grants must be submitted no later than 11:59 PM AZ time on the 1st day of the month, TWO months prior to the month of departure.
    • Example: If your workshop begins November 22, your travel grant application is due no later than September 1st at 11:59 PM AZ time.

  • We encourage applicants to not wait until the evening of the 1st to submit their application.  ZoomGrants could overload at this time, which could delay the time of submission past the deadline (11:59 PM). GPSA is not responsible for such delays, and applications submitted after the deadline are not eligible for funding.
  • In order to ensure the integrity and fairness of the application process, no exceptions will be made to program guidelines or deadlines.

Reimbursable Expenses

  • Receipts must be submitted to our business office within 60 days of purchase to be eligible for reimbursement. Original receipts are required.
  • Applicants should begin tracking their mileage and keeping their parking receipts on the first day of their event.
  • In February 2019 the ASU Study Abroad office instituted a $3 a day charge for insurance on all student travel to locations outside the United States. Students will pay out of pocket and will be reimbursed from the GPSA grant when they submit an expense report. This fee counts towards the $550 total. When registering your trip please select ‘Self Pay’ option when prompted.
  • The cost of meals can be calculated using the daily rate determined by ASU (per diem) for your destination. To determine this rate, visit
  • The Travel Grant will NOT cover the cost of rental cars, phone calls, internet access charges, poster printing, or any expense prohibited by university policy. Expenses paid in cash are not reimbursable. Only pay with credit card or check.
  • The CD Grant will cover the costs associated with traveling to/from a study abroad opportunity. HOWEVER, we are unable to cover the tuition and fees of such program.
  • One-Way Fares: If you decide to purchase two one-way airfares instead of a round-trip fare, you will need to print a quote of a round-trip fare at the time your one-way fares were booked, in order to demonstrate to the ASU Travel Department that the round-trip fare is in fact more expensive.
  • GPSA will not give travel advances for any reason.

Important Points to Note

  • Submitting an application for a travel grant does not guarantee acceptance. In recent years, our travel programs have become highly competitive. Depending on the cycle and the funding program, approximately 40% of our applicants receive funding. A good application may be denied funding due to budget limitations.
  • Adherence to deadlines and providing complete and accurate information is essential to processing requests in a fair and orderly manner.
  • To ensure the integrity of the application process, no exceptions to program guidelines or deadlines will be made. This includes deadlines to submit Travel Requests and Expense Reports.
  • Due to ASU policy, GPSA cannot fund airfare retroactively.
  • Applicants are strongly encouraged to communicate with respect towards officers, staff members, or GPSA representatives in all correspondence. If you are unable to comply with this request, you will be expelled from participating in all future travel grants for the current academic year. You will then be submitted to the Graduate College for disciplinary action in accordance with ACD 125.

How to Improve Your Application

  • Within the application, provide a well-composed and compelling argument for the significance of your travel and how it relates to success in your graduate program of study. All descriptions should be understandable to an interdisciplinary audience of graduate students.
  • Demonstrate outstanding current or past service to GPSA, the university, and your field.
  • Submit a complete and realistic budget including cost-saving measures.
  • Ensure that no information is missing from your application.
  • In addition, funding priority may be given to applicants who have not been awarded funds in the past.
  • Make sure to describe your ROLE in the event (e.g. your research, poster, panel) not just the EVENT.
  • Please note that this is a highly selective grant competition. Correctly completing an application does not ensure funding. Each month, many excellent applications are not selected for the grant because of the large number of requests submitted and the limited availability of funds. We encourage you to submit your application at least three months prior to your travel date. Some months are less competitive than others.
  • If you are not selected for a Career Development Grant, you may request feedback on your application and reapply if the final deadline has not passed for your trip. Remember, applications are due by the 1st of the month TWO months prior to the month of departure.

Award Notifications

Applicants will be notified of the status of their application no later than the 30th of the month of the deadline. If an applicant does not receive an email notification, it is the applicant’s responsibility to inquire of his or her application status. Partial awards may be given.

  • Notification emails are sent to applicants approximately three to four weeks after each cycle deadline.
  • Please add to your address book the email as notifications are sent directly from the ZoomGrants system.


  • GPSA and its administrators are not responsible for technological failure. Technical support can be contacted by visiting the application website.
  • GPSA and its administrators are not responsible for any lost, destroyed, or otherwise delayed applications or for any resulting loss of funds by their own negligence.
  • No awards are guaranteed, and the GPSA Vice President of Internal Affairs and Vice President of Professional Development may rescind any travel grant for any reason at any time without prior notification.
  • Program guidelines are subject to change at any time, with or without notice.

Integrity Disclaimer

Please note that all applicants for any GPSA program must submit their own unique, individual applications to all GPSA funded programs. Students are not permitted to take any portion of content from prior student awardees or online sources (i.e., conference websites) for any reason whatsoever. Any student caught using the work (in any portion) from another student or online source, or copying their own material from a prior application, will be considered in violation of GPSA’s policy. Such action will prohibit the student in question from being eligible for the current application in consideration, and may inhibit eligibility for future GPSA funding applications. In summary, each application must be the applicant’s own original work.

Given that we are a student entity within Arizona State University, GPSA mandates that all students act within the university’s academic integrity policy found HERE.


Please contact the GPSA Director of Travel at

OFFICE HOURS – Director of Travel, Florian Schneider, will be holding office hours by appointment (email

Office hours for Spring semester will be held weekly on a TBD date and time.

If you are having issues with ZoomGrants email