The San Francisco State University Retirement Association awards grants to faculty and staff for career-related travel. When funds are available, travel grants are awarded annually, alternating yearly between faculty (even-numbered years) and staff (odd-numbered years).
All faculty (tenured/tenure-track/lecturer appointed .4 or more/FERP) and staff appointed half-time or more are eligible. Management Personnel Plan (MPP) personnel and adjunct faculty are not eligible.
Grant application schedule
The availability of travel awards and first call for applications is typically announced the first week of March in CampusMemo. The deadline for submitting applications is in April. Applicants are notified of the selection results and grants are awarded the first week of May.
The Travel Grants Committee reviews applications and selects awards annually based on the strength of the proposal: its value to the applicant's work at SF State and to students and other members of the University community. The Committee is composed of at least three members of the Retirement Association Board. Award recipients will be selected from as many different units as feasible.
The proposal should be directly related to the applicant’s professional activities (e.g., participation/presentation at a conference or workshop, summer field work, research or attendance at an institute). Travel must occur in the calendar year in which the grant is awarded. Presenting at a conference, chairing a session at a conference, benefit to students and the University, explanation of budget, and professional preparation of applicant are all considered in reviewing applications and selecting grant recipients.
Number of annual grants and dollar amount of grants
The number and size of grants awarded annually depends on the availability of funds. The grant maximum is $500. Up to five grants may be awarded annually, funds permitting. The treasurer works with grant recipients to process the necessary paperwork and facilitate funding the grant. Sources of funds for grants include contributions and membership dues.
Advertising availability of travel grants
Travel grants are publicized and applications are invited in announcements placed in at least two issues of CampusMemo in March.
Travel grant recipient report
Travel grant recipients will submit a brief report describing how the award helped the applicant's professional development. This report must be submitted prior to receiving a reimbursement check for travel expenses.