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 *** Federal Work-study Position Available ***


The Office of Graduate Student Life (OGSL) is in need of a Grants Coordinator!

  • Are you a Graduate Student looking for an assistantship (GA)?
  • Are you interested in tuition remission?
  • Are you interested in a bi-weekly stipend?
  • Are you eligible for federal work study?

If so, then this may be the position for you!  If you are interested please visit this link for details, after clicking this link please select Graduate Student Association and then you will be redirected to a page that describes the job duties and responsibilities, as well as how to apply.

Please remember that you must meet all of the eligibility requirements to apply and be considered for this position. These requirements can be found by clicking here, and then clicking Graduate Student Association. Please understand that under no circumstances can exceptions be made.

Apply as soon as possible! 

Please direct all questions to


One of the primary goals of the Graduate Student Association (GSA) is to encourage and support graduate student research. 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 travel grant. Travel grants are typically approved either for up to $1000.00 if a student is presenting work at the conference or up to $250.00 if only attending.

Travel Research/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 and paying graduate fees for the semester funds were requested.

Professional Development & Workshop Training Grant (PD&WT)

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

Travel Grant

Up to $1000 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.

Travel Research Grant

Up to $1000 reimbursement for expenses incurred while travelling to conduct research.

Research Grant

Up to $1000 reimbursement for other research-related expenses

(i.e. Participant incentives/compensation, software, tools/equipment, etc …)

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