Grants

Applications for GAPSA grants must be submitted electronically to gapsaga@umn.edu. To minimize possible problems, please use the U’s Webmail program when sending attachments. See the GAPSA Grants Deadlines.

Confused about which grant you should apply for? Refer to this handy flowchart.

Academic Initiative Grants:

GAPSA Academic Initiative Grants offer funds for the enhancement of the graduate and professional student experience at the University of Minnesota. The primary purposes are to provide funding for events, programs and services that directly involve or impact graduate and professional students, and to expand and enhance academic programs and research opportunities on campus that contribute to the overall academic development of graduate and professional students.

Social Events Grants:

GAPSA Social Event Funds offers funding opportunities in support of social events that will enhance the professional and personal development of graduate and professional students. This funding opportunity offers partial funding for event expenses such as food, beverages, promotional materials and rentals.

Small Grants:

As part of GAPSA’s initiatives for inclusion and engagement, we introduce the Small Events Program. It is often demanding for small groups of graduate and professional students to organize in registered student organizations and undergo the detailed process of applying for the GAPSA general grants if they want to arrange small events – social, academic, or others. Furthermore, there may be students who are not aware of GAPSA and the opportunities it offers. To encourage graduate and professional students to become involved and to work towards the betterment of the U of M community, the Small Events Program will provide these students with easy access to money of up to $50.

Scholarly Travel Grants:

GAPSA Scholarly Travel Grants are intended to help support necessary travel in which the recipient will be presenting a research paper or poster. These awards are intended for current graduate and professional students of the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities and Duluth campuses. Eligible travel expenses include airfare, ground transportation, lodging, and conference/meeting registration fees. Ground transportation and lodging within the Twin Cities Metro area and alcohol are not eligible expenses.

Professional Travel Grants:

GAPSA Professional Travel Grants are intended to help graduate and professional students travel to a conference or event with the goal of professional development (presenting work is not a requirement). These awards are intended for current professional students at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities and Duluth campuses. Eligible travel expenses include airfare, ground transportation, lodging, and conference/meeting registration fees. Ground transportation and lodging within the Twin Cities Metro area and alcohol are not eligible expenses.

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