The Graduate Students 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, Gary Haddow, at gsapresident.ucsb@gmail.com or the VP Budget and Finance, Caitlin Rathe, 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 during specific phases of their graduate program where additional childcare may be needed in order to fulfill advancement requirements.  Funding is available quarterly (including summer) until funds expire. More info here!

Conference Travel Grant

Update as of 11/3/13: Travel Grant funds for summer and fall travel have been exhausted. Please apply in winter for travel during the winter quarter! No summer or fall ’13 travel is eligible for future grants.

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 graduate students not yet advanced to candidacy. Eligible students will receive up to $75 in reimbursement for registration or travel costs related to conference travel. Those already advanced to candidacy should seek funding from other sources. 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. 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.

Current Budget

Our updated budget is available here. This is updated monthly following General Assembly meetings.