travel grants

Non-North American Travel Support  |  GSA-external grants

GSA Travel Grants for non-North American Members

The GSA welcomes non-North American members to its annual conferences, and it can provide financial support as a fund of last resort for a very small number of non-North American participants.

Scholars who seek such support are expected to have applied to other organizations, such as the Deutsche Akademische Austauschdienst (DAAD) or the Austrian Cultural Forum New York (ACFNY); see below. Should they be unable to obtain funding elsewhere, the GSA can reimburse recipients for a maximum of US$1500 for airfare and hotel costs. It is expected that the recipient will stay in the conference hotel. Should reimbursement prove a financial or logistical burden, other arrangements may be made on a case-by-case basis. 

Applications consist of 

  • form submission that includes
    • a brief description of the participant's role(s) in the conference
    • a description of your conference roles and the titles of sessions in which you have been accepted to participate
    • evidence that all potential sources of funding in their home country have been exhausted or are not applicable
  • a current CV or Lebenslauf (submission instructions included on application form)

Incomplete applications will not be considered. There is no fixed deadline for applications; however, members are urged to apply as soon as they can demonstrate that they have exhausted all funding possibilities in their home countries after receiving official GSA confirmation of their accepted participation. 

Recipients may not receive funding in two consecutive years. Please contact Executive Director Dr. Margaret E. Menninger with any questions not answered above.

DAAD Travel Support

The DAAD is pleased to announce that it will once again be able to facilitate funding for travel to the GSA annual conference via its Kongressreisenprogramm.

The call for applications can be found here.

Please note that applications must be received by May 24, 2024, i.e. 4 months (120 days) before the start of the conference at the latest, and that this is a firm deadline that cannot be extended. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the contact persons listed below.


  • Residence in Germany or commuters to Germany from border areas (aus dem grenznahen Ausland)

AND one of the following:

  • If you have not yet completed your Ph.D., you are eligible to apply for DAAD conference travel support if:
    •  you are currently matriculated in a Ph.D. program (Promovierende/r) at a German university (Universität bzw. Hochschule) 
  • If your Ph.D. was completed within the last 5 years, you are eligible to apply if:
    • you completed your doctoral studies at a German university (Universität bzw. Hochschule)OR
    • you are employed at a German university (Universität bzw. Hochschule) or research institute
  • If your Ph.D. was completed more than 5 years ago, you are eligible to apply if:
    • you are employed at a German university (Universität bzw. Hochschule) or research institute

DAAD-Infocenter consultants will assist you with questions on the call for applications and the documents required via chat or mail.

They will also be available by phone at (+49) (0)228-882 180 Mondays to Thursdays between 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m., and 2:00–4:00 p.m. MEZ, and on Fridays between 9:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m MEZ.

Applications must be submitted via the DAAD Portal → "Zur Bewerbung"

DAAD Portal Service consultants can assist you with technical questions via mail to

Austrian Cultural Forum New York (ACFNY) Travel Grants

[The application window for ACFNY travel grants for GSA 2023 closed on June 15, 2023. AFCNY will NOT be able to provide travel grants in 2024.]

The Austrian Cultural Forum New York (ACFNY) and the German Studies Association (GSA) are happy to announce that there will be limited funds available to support selected young Austrian Studies scholars who have been confirmed as participants in this year’s conference of the German Studies Association which will be held in Montréal, Québec, Canada, Oct. 5–8, 2023.


  • Applicants must not be older than 35 years.
  • Applicants must not have received any travel grant from the ACFNY in the past.
  • Applicants who receive financial support from other governmental Austrian institutions to cover travel and accommodation costs will not be considered.
  • The funds are intended for Austrian Studies scholars who are either completing an appropriate advanced degree or who have completed that degree within the past three years.
  • Austrian Studies scholars from North America as well as from outside North America are eligible to apply for these funds; Austrian citizenship or residency in Austria is not necessary.

Applications from scholars working in contemporary Austrian Studies (since 1945) will be given preferential treatment.

Depending on the number of accepted applications and budgetary circumstances, the travel grant comprises up to $400 (for scholars from North America) and up to $800 (for scholars from outside North America) to offset travel costs.

Applications must be emailed to the Austrian Cultural Forum New York/ACFNY no later than 15 June 2023. Applicants should send both an abstract of the paper which they submitted to the GSA and a curriculum vitae. Successful applicants will be informed by 15 July 2023.

Stipends will be paid by check or transferred to an Austrian bank account (Austrian residents and holders of bank accounts in Austria only).