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Grant Information

Coronavirus Update: GSA is accepting professional development (PD) and research grant applications for the Spring 2021 semester. Based on UMBC policy, GSA will not approve any applications that require students to travel, but GSA welcomes grant applications where the required activities can be conducted following UMBC’s COVID-19 requirements, as well as online workshops/conferences, and any other appropriate activities.

General Grant Information

In order to provide more and better opportunities for intellectual, professional, and social development, the GSA has initiated a Grants Program that supplies funds for reimbursing graduate students for their expenses.

There are two types of grants available from the GSA: (1) Professional Development Grants and (2) Research Grants. For more information on any of these, refer to their pages organized under the ‘Grants’ tab.

Vehicle Use and Meal Reimbursement Rates

As of January 1, 2019 and in accordance with review of the Board of Regents Policy VIII 11.10, the reimbursement rate for the use of a personal vehicle is 58 cents per mile. The meal reimbursement rate is 56 dollars per day as of September 1, 2019. Rates per meal are as follows: Breakfast $13.00, Lunch $15.00, and Dinner $28.00.

Foreign travel is reimbursed at the applicable U.S. Department of State Meal and Incidental Rate without receipts, or the actual cost with receipts.

Memorandum for record: Travel Reimbursement Rates as of September 1, 2019.

Grant Selection

Grants are awarded based on the results of a review process described in the GSA Points of Policy (see Section 8). For concerns or questions about this process, please fill out the form on the ‘Contact Us’ page on the GSA Website or email us at Please keep in mind that the application is due by the 15th of each month and will be reviewed by the Grants Review Panel who need about 1-2 weeks after the deadline to meet.


Once the panel has approved the grants, they are sent to the OGSL Staff who will create eTravel forms as well as notify the recipients within 5 business days. All eTravel forms MUST BE DONE BEFORE THE TRAVEL DATE. Keeping this in mind, please consider the grant application deadlines listed below very carefully and apply ahead of time, especially if you are traveling in the last two weeks of the month.

Grant Awards

In order to receive funding through the GSA for reimbursement of expenses, you must complete and submit the application for the grant you would like by the deadlines listed below. All graduate students enrolled in any graduate program at UMBC are eligible to apply. A minimum of 1 hour volunteer time to GSA related events is required following receipt of any GSA grant disbursement. No further grants will be awarded if this requirement is not met. If you are awarded a grant, you must completely use that grant first before applying for further grants in the future. 


Please note that each Grant Period spans 3 months with an overlap of one month between each period. Please read the dates carefully and apply as early as you can!

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