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Graduate Student Association Travel Award

The Graduate School manages the Graduate Student Association (GSA) Travel Award. This award provides reimbursement of approved travel expenses to qualified students who attend widely recognized, professional conferences to present the results of their research.

  • In-State: $100.00
  • Out-of-State: $200.00 
  • International: $450.00

  • Be presenting work completed while enrolled at LSU.
  • Be listed as first author of the abstract. Consideration will be given to students who have been invited to exhibit or perform their artistic work.
  • Be enrolled full time during the semester of travel as well as the Fall/Spring semester immediately preceding travel. The student is required to be enrolled full-time and maintain full-time enrollment during the semester of travel. In addition, since all research for the presentation must have been conducted while enrolled at LSU, the student is also required to have been enrolled full-time for at least one regular semester (fall or spring) of graduate study at LSU immediately preceding travel.  Summer enrollment is not required, but if travel is being requested for conferences during the summer, the student must have been enrolled full-time in the previous spring semester and either the summer or upcoming fall semester.
  • Be in good academic standing.
  • Book airfares through the state travel agency, Short’s Travel Management

Students are eligible to receive the following number of Graduate Student Travel Awards:

  • Master’s Degree students – one award during the student’s academic career.
  • Doctoral Students – three awards for the student’s academic career.
  • Students who transition from Master’s to Doctoral programs can receive no more than three awards during their academic career.
    • This includes students involved in dual-enrollment and other related programs.

Please read this important notice about GSA Travel Awards.

The GSA Travel Awards have strict deadlines. Late submissions will not be accepted under any circumstances. The Graduate School will begin accepting applications three calendar months before the scheduled departure date, and no later than one calendar month before departure.

Students are responsible for adhering to all set deadlines and submitting the following:

  • A completed Graduate Student Travel Award application. 
  • Attach the following documents to the application:
    • Abstract for work being presented. The abstract must include a list of authors in order of contribution. If your poster/presentation is in a discipline that requires authors to be listed in alphabetical order rather than in order of contribution, you must include a list of authors in order of contribution. (Max 1 page)
    • Proof of Presentation. Attach proof of acceptance to present at the conference. This attachment may be in the form of a letter or e-mail from conference organizers and/or a copy of the conference program schedule listing the presenter, poster/presentation title, etc. (Max 3 Pages)

  • If you have submitted by the 15th of the month, you can expect a response within 30 days*.
    • Ex: If the application was submitted between April 1st and April 15th, expect a response by May 15th.
  • Applications submitted after the 15th of the month will receive a response within 45 days*.
    • Ex: If the application was submitted between April 16th and April 30th, expect a response by June 15th.
  • The GSA Committee will inform students of their decision via email.

* Please take weekends and university closures into consideration.

  • Complete and submit a Travel Report.
  • Complete and submit an Expense Report in Workday.
    • Attach the award approval email notification to the Expense Report.
  • GSA travel awards expire thirty days after the scheduled return date.
  • Students are responsible for providing all required documents to their departmental office promptly upon return from the trip.
  • Departments must then submit travel reimbursement requests to the Travel Office in Accounting Services within the thirty-day deadline.

  • For pre-award questions such as eligibility and application questions, email
  • For post-award questions regarding expense reports or other questions, email

Dissertation Awards

Once your dissertation has been completed and submitted to the Graduate School, you should consider submitting it to any dissertation award contests sponsored by your department and/or professional organizations in your discipline. 

Additionally, your department can nominate your dissertation for the Distinguished Dissertation Award, sponsored by the LSU Alumni Association. Two awards are given: one in the arts, humanities, and social sciences, and one in science, engineering, and technology. The award consists of $2,000 along with a certificate. Awards are presented to the doctoral student in each category whose research and writing epitomize superior scholarship. Any student who receives his or her doctoral degree at any of the three commencements in a calendar year is eligible to be nominated. Winning dissertations are chosen by committee of members of the graduate faculty. Recent winners have come from English, Chemical Engineering, Biological Sciences, History, and Physics and Astronomy.