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One of the primary goals of the Graduate Student Association (GSA) is to encourage and support graduate student research (see our mission statement on the home page). Therefore, GSA provides different types of grants (detailed below) for graduate students to aid in their pursuit of academic achievement and professional development.
Two caveats exist:
  1. Graduate Students are eligible for any number of grants each year whose total reimbursement cannot exceed a certain amount. This is the Grant Yearly Limit (GYL). GSA sets a new budget every academic year, so a student’s standing is tabulated from reimbursements issued between July 1 and June 30 (of the next year).
  2. The total reimbursement that Graduate Students are eligible for throughout their tenure at UMBC is the Grant Tenure Limit (GTL). A student’s GTL depends on that student’s type of degree program (Masters, MFA, PhD).

A list of these limits is given below.

Grant Yearly Limit

For all Graduate Students: $1000

Grant Tenure Limit

Masters: $1500

MFA: $2000 

Doctoral: $2500

The GSA operates from a limited budget that is largely a function of Graduate Student enrollment. The GSA also aims to support as many Graduate Students as possible. For these reasons, the limits above may not be negotiated. However, these grant limits are one of the many topics discussed and modified on a yearly basis at GSA Senate meetings. Any Graduate Student with ideas or concerns is encouraged to contact their senators or to otherwise attend a GSA Senate meeting. More information on these meetings can be found here.

GSA Grants come in a few different flavors. Each flavor has its own per-grant limit that was designed to ensure maximum availability to the Graduate Student population.

If a graduate student is traveling to a conference, symposium, congress, workshop, session, meeting, round-table discussion or other type of academic forum they may apply for a Conference Grant. Conference Grants are typically approved for up to $750.00 if a student is presenting work at the conference or up to $250.00 if only attending the conference.

Research Grants:  Students are encouraged to apply for GSA research grants to pay for expenses that they incur while working on their theses, dissertations or various research projects. This includes travel for data collection. Typically a student is approved to be reimbursed up to $1,000.00.

Students must be enrolled in a graduate program at UMBC during the semester funds were requested.

Professional Development Grant

Up to $250 reimbursement

Can be used to cover costs for:

  • Travel to interviews
  • Equipment training
  • Research methods training

Can NOT be used to cover costs for:

  • Professional memberships
  • For-credit courses

Conference Grant

Up to $750 reimbursement for expenses incurred at a conference at which you are delivering a lecture/talk or presenting a poster.

Up to $250 reimbursement for expenses incurred at a conference at which you are NOT presenting.

Research Grant

Up to $1000 reimbursement for expenses incurred while conducting research. 

This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Participant incentives/compensation
  • Software/licensing
  • Tools/equipment
  • Travel to collect data/resources
  • Contact us if you are unsure about a questionable expense

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