SAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIVERSITY RETIREMENT ASSOCIATION POLICY FOR TRAVEL GRANTS
The San Francisco State University Retirement Association awards grants to faculty and staff for career-related travel.
Frequency of awarding grants.
When funds are available, travel grants are awarded annually, alternating yearly between faculty (even-numbered years) and staff (odd-numbered years).
Eligibility:All faculty and staff, except MPP personnel, with at least a half-time appointment are eligible for a maximum travel award.
Awards have a $500 maximum value.
Grant application schedule:
The availability of travel awards is initially announced the first week of March. The deadline for submitting applications is the first Wednesday in April. Applicants are notified of the selection results by the third Wednesday in April. Grants are awarded the first week of May.
Selection process:Applications are reviewed and award recipients are selected by the Travel Grants Committee, which is composed of at least three members of the Retirement Association. The award recipient is selected based on the merit of the application. Award recipients are selected from as many different units as feasible.
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 in the calendar year when 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 of grants awarded annually and the amount of each award depends on the availability of funds. Grants of no more than $500 each are awarded annually. The number of grants is contingent on the availability of funds. 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 -- the first and third weeks of March.
Application form:Eligibility requirements, application procedures and application form are posted on the Retirement Association webpage. The Travel Grants Committee will revise and update these items as appropriate.
Travel grant recipient report:
Travel grant recipients will submit a brief report describing how the award helped applicant's professional development. This report must be submitted prior to receiving reimbursement for travel expenses.