International Travel

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. 

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 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.


Spring/Summer - October 18, 2021 by 11:59 p.m. for travel between January 18 and August 25, 2022

Summer/Fall - March 14, 2022 by 11:59 p.m. for travel between May 12, 2022 and January 17, 2023

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