Funding

The Graduate Student Association has long recognized that one of the more essential services we can provide our graduate peers is financial support. GSA  support in this area is designed to meet the needs of our diverse student body. Basic descriptions of GSA’s four (4) grants are provided below. To submit an application for a particular grant, please follow the provided links at the end of each description. Comments and suggestions can be directed to the President at gsapresident.ucsb@gmail.com or the VP Budget and Finance at gsavpbudget@gmail.com.

Childcare Grant for Graduate Students

The Graduate Student Childcare Grant is designed to provide financial assistance to graduate students with dependents who are in need due to graduate activities (e.g., exams, conferences, workshops, etc.).  Funding is available quarterly (including summer) until funds expire. More info here!

Conference Travel Grant

The GSA Conference Travel Grant is intended to help offset the costs of travel or registration fees at professional conferences in which a graduate student is presenting original research findings. It is designed to provide financial assistance to all graduate students. Eligible students will receive up to $200 in reimbursement for registration or travel costs related to conference travel.  More info here!

Event Co-Sponsorship Fund

The GSA has funding available to support graduate student initiated events and conferences. Co-sponsorship awards are available in an amount up to $300 per student organization per quarter, with a maximum of $600 awarded per academic year per student organization. Co-sponsorships must be approved by General Assembly, which only meets once per month on the first Tuesday, so plan to submit your application far enough in advance to ensure there is at least one general assembly meeting before your event. More info here!

GSA Emergency Relief Grant

The GSA Emergency Relief Grant offers financial assistance to graduate students who are experiencing sudden financial distress due to unforeseen circumstances such as family loss, medical emergency, unexpected loss of employment, or unplanned financial hardship caused by the birth of a child, etc. Funding is extremely limited with approximately six grants made each quarter, including summer. Awards range from $50 – $1,000 per graduate student. More info here!