APSA Travel Grants

Applications are closed for the APSA 2020 Annual Meeting

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Deadline: Friday, May 15, 2020 at 11:59 pm EST

June 2020 Update

The APSA Council, in collaboration with APSA staff, decided that the APSA 2020 Annual Meeting & Exhibition will transition to a virtual digital event.

We are now exploring other ways to provide grant and financial assistance and look forward to bringing together the APSA community to learn and connect in this new virtual format. For updates, please visit https://connect.apsanet.org/apsa2020.

APSA is pleased to provide travel grants to U.S. graduate students, international students in the U.S., international scholars, unemployed members, and community and contingent faculty members for attendance at association events, specifically the Teaching and Learning Conference and the APSA Annual Meeting. A travel grant can cover the costs of travel to the meeting, such as lodging and meals. 

For questions about the travel grant program or applications, contact [email protected]


To be eligible for an APSA travel grant, you must:

  • Maintain your APSA membership through the date of the conference for which you are receiving travel grant funding.

  • Reside more than 30 miles from the conference location. You are not eligible for a travel grant if you live within 30 miles of the conference site.

  • Submit all itemized receipts for expenses, an APSA-provided expense form, and your attendance badge as proof of attendance. APSA does not cover expenses that are not submitted without an itemized receipt.

This grant money is reportable income and treated as non-employment compensation by the IRS. To accept the award, APSA requires that all recipients complete and return a W-9 or W-8BEN tax form.

Travel Grant Use

A travel grant from APSA can cover the following costs:

  • Ticket and cab fare: Economy bus, train, and plane tickets are covered. Conference related cab fare around the conference city is also covered.

  • Mileage: Mileage to the conference is reimbursable with a document showing the distance of your trip, should you travel to the conference by car. Mileage is reimbursable at the IRS standard mileage of 57.5 cents per mile traveled. APSA accepts printed directions from sites like Google Maps as documentation. You must also demonstrate that the cost of your mileage is less than the cost of a flight. As proof, APSA accepts a printed copy of the cost of a flight to the conference city on the days that you plan to travel.

  • Hotels: The cost of a stay in a hotel, hostel, or other rented lodging such as Airbnb during the conference is covered.

  • Meals: The cost of meals during the conference is covered.

An APSA travel grant does not, however, cover any of the following costs:

  • Business or first-class tickets.
  • Rental cars.
  • Gasoline: Receipts for gas are not accepted. For APSA to cover the cost of a car trip to the conference, you must provide your mileage using the instructions above.
  • Alcohol.
  • Registration or APSA Membership: APSA cannot apply grant funds toward the cost of a membership or registration for the Annual Meeting.

For a downloadable copy of APSA's travel grant policy, please click here.

Travel grants are made possible by the APSA Annual Fund and provide an opportunity for recipients to enhance their professional network, present their research, and participate in scholarly discussions about issues affecting the political science profession.  Please consider making a contribution to the Annual Fund and support travel grants for scholars.

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