Travel Grants

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).  This year (2022-2023) there will be ten grants in total, five for staff, and five for faculty.

Download the Travel Grant Application

Forward completed Travel Grant Applications to: Jim Kohn,


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 second week of February in CampusMemo. The deadline for submitting applications is March 1st.  Applicants are notified of the selection results and grants are awarded May 1st.

Travel grants are publicized and applications are invited in announcements placed in at least two issues of CampusMemo in October and February.

Going to a professional conference this academic year? Your SFSU Retirement Association can help. We are awarding ten grants of $1000 to faculty members who apply for a travel grant. We are ALSO awarding five grants of $1000 to staff members who want to travel to a professional conference in this academic year. Happy Travels!

If you would like to apply for a travel grant, check this website in late October for details about how to apply.

Selection process

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 selection process is competitive; if you find later that you cannot use the grant, you may not use it for another purpose.

Grant criteria

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 between May 1st of the application year and May 1st of the following year. 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 $1,000. 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.

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 and will be published in the Gater Retiree Gazette.

(Revised 01/15/23)

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